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Today's News

  • More seek to join TVA ash lawsuits

    More people are seeking compensation from TVA for the Dec. 22, 2008, ash spill.
    Gary Davis, one of the attorneys involved in litigation against the agency over the disaster, told U.S. District Judge Thomas Varlan on Tuesday that they are seeking to add an additional 300 plaintiffs to their case.
    A TVA lawyer said he thought the action was odd because the case Davis wants to add the plaintiffs to had a trial that concluded last month.

  • Crossville man Rockwood’s choice

    Former Crossville city manager Jack Miller may be taking charge of Rockwood’s administration this month.
    The Rockwood City Council met on Halloween to select one candidate from their short list of seven to begin negotiations with.
    “We’re excited about going ahead and getting this filled and going ahead to get things started,” Mayor James Watts said.

  • Nuclear regulatory meeting set on Unit 2

    The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff has scheduled a Nov. 8 meeting in Athens to discuss the status of construction at the Watts Bar nuclear plant’s second unit. 
    The meeting, at Comfort Inn, 2811 Decatur Pike, will begin at 1 p.m. with a presentation by NRC staff on the Unit 2 construction schedule, including major milestones and potential challenges.
    After the business portion of the meeting, the NRC staff will be available to answer questions from the public about the plant near Spring City.

  • Sad times for Vol fans
  • Lions collecting for White Cane Days Nov. 6-12

    Kingston Lions Club has designated Nov. 6-12 as White Cane Days in Kingston.

    White Cane Days is an effort to collect funds to support many eye-related projects of the District of Lionism.  These projects include the Lions East Tennessee Eye Center, Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, Lions Volunteer Industries for the Blind and similar endeavors.

    Lions Club members will be at Harriman Kroger from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 9 and from 2 to 6 p.m. Nov. 11.

    A roadblock is planned for Nov. 12 in downtown Kingston.

  • Noisy November on tap

    Did you know a human scream can travel more that half mile — or that a baby's cry at 115 decibels is louder than a car horn?

    Did you know cats can make 100 different vocal sounds, while dogs only make 10?

    These are a few of the sound-wave factoids that are sprinkled throughout the NOISE! interactive exhibition through December at the American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge.

    Museum visitors can play and experiment with sound-wave physics in a variety of ways in the NOISE! exhibit.  

  • Arrests

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.

    Oct. 25 — Amber Kay Barrett, 29, 420 Rockwood St., Rockwood: two counts violation of probation . Total bond $6,000; court date Dec. 12.

    • Carissa Dawn Burke, 32, 115 Ponderosa Drive, Kingston: violation of probation . Bond $2,000; court date Oct. 31.

    • Nancy Dean Johnson, 64, driving on suspended license. Bond $2,500; court date Nov. 21.

  • Driver safety classes available

    Need to update AARP Driver Safety Program certification?

    Need a refresher course concerning age-related driving issues?

    The AARP Driver Safety Program will be offered in partnership with the Mid-East Community Action Agency at two Roane County sites in November.

    The two-day course will be offered in Rockwood from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 3-4 in Mid-East Community Action Agency offices at 1362 N. Gateway Ave.

  • Salvation Army looking for bell ringers

    The Salvation Army is seeking volunteer bell ringers for its annual holiday red-kettle campaign.

    “We do not pay people to ring bells; we rely on volunteers who want to help us help others,” said Marie Ruby of the Roane County Salvation Army. “There are so many people hurting these days, and the demand for our services is greater than ever.”

    Anyone interested in volunteering for the cause may call 882-7711.

  • The Garden Gate: Is yarrow a weed? Or might it be more?

    By Ellen Probert Williamson
    Progress means change, but sometimes, things do seem to go around in circles.

    So many of our more popular culinary herbs were first developed from wild plants or weeds. The list is long and sometimes surprising, since we are constantly being called upon to revise our thoughts concerning what is and is not a weed.