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Today's News

  • Roane man killed in OR crash

    From staff reports

    A Roane County man behind the wheel of an SUV was killed in a single-vehicle crash on Aug. 21, according to the Oak Ridge Police Department.

    The wreck reportedly happened on State Route 95 near Bethel Valley Road around 9:40 p.m.

    The driver, identified as 28-year-old Dylan Young, was killed.

    “The vehicle was traveling north on SR 95 when it left the roadway and struck a tree,” ORPD said in a post on its Facebook page.

  • Harriman approves budget with no tax increase

    By Richard Evans

    The Harriman City Council approved the second and final reading of the fiscal year 2019-2020 budget Tuesday evening.

    During a public hearing prior to the council meeting, no one showed up to express an opinion. Likewise, there was no discussion when council voted unanimously to approve the budget.

    The budget, which features no tax or fee increases, did offer a change from the first reading.

  • Fighting stigma of DOE’s presence locally

    The Energy Communities Alliance met in Oak Ridge earlier this month for a peer exchange on the Manhattan Project National Historical Park.

    Park sites are located in Oak Ridge, Los Alamos, N.M. And Hanford, Wash.

  • Staying in line
  • Committee recommends borrowing $3.9 million for OS school project

    The Roane County Commission’s Budget Committee is recommending the county borrow an additional $3.9 million for the Oliver Springs school project.

    In May of 2018, the school system estimated the cost of the project at $5.373 million.

    The Commission borrowed the money, but the estimate was changed to $9.142 million after the Board of Education met with its architect in June.

    “We have $5.4 million roughly,” County Executive Ron Woody said.

  • Leffew issues opinion on questioned budget vote

    Roane County Attorney Greg Leffew has issued a six-page opinion on the Commission’s July 29 special-called meeting.

    At issue was whether the meeting adjourned before the budget resolution was reconsidered and whether the motion to reconsider the resolution was valid.

    Initially, the budget failed as amended 9-6 during meeting. The Commission moved on to the tax resolution, which passed 10-5.

    Afterwards, Chairman Randy Ellis recognized a motion by Commissioner Stanley Moore to adjourn and a second by Commissioner Ben Wilson.

  • Yager says lineup growing for annual grant conference

    State Senator Ken Yager, R-Kingston, said he has a solid lineup of expert speakers for his annual Grants Conference set for Sept. 18.

    “We are fortunate to have a host of state grant decision makers who will offer expert advice on how to submit a competitive and successful application,” Yager said.

  • Tennessee Waters exhibit at Kingston library next month

    During the month of September, Kingston Public Library will host Tennessee Waters: Shaping our Land, Our Lives, and Our Future a traveling exhibit exploring the overall environmental, historical, and cultural impact of water in Tennessee.

    The exhibit, which will be held at the Kingston Library beginning 9 a.m. on Sept. 1, highlights an important part of Tennessee’s story and provides host communities a context for current conversations about growth, sustainability, jobs, and the economy.

  • Bioenergy startup firm licenses ORNL food-waste-to-fuel-system

    Bioenergy startup licenses ORNL food-waste-to-fuel system

    Electro-Active Technologies Inc., of Knoxville, has exclusively licensed two biorefinery technologies invented and patented by the startup’s co-founders while working at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The technologies work as a system that converts organic waste into renewable hydrogen gas for use as a biofuel.

  • Five new members join DOE’s Environmental Advisory Board

    The U.S. Department of Energy has appointed five new members to its Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management citizen advisory board.

    The Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board is a federally chartered citizens’ panel that provides independent advice and recommendations to DOE, which is responsible for the cleanup of the Oak Ridge Reservation.