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Today's News

  • What’s the SCORE? Business relationships — Quantity or Quality?

    By Dana Peterka

    Successful business people know how critical relationships are to success. Quantity or quality of relationships, what is the most effective measurement?

    In today’s social media-driven culture the focus has dramatically shifted to quantity, with people counting the number of friends, followers, likes, etc. This shift is troublesome on several levels. We will discuss two.

  • Roane State Middle College grad wins ADDY Awards

    By Bob Fowler

    Roane State staff writer

    She was in Roane State’s inaugural Middle College class, and now this 20-year-old is making a name for herself in the advertising world.


    Madison Duncan won two coveted ADDY Awards — silver and bronze certificates — in the student category from the local chapter of the American Advertising Federation. Duncan, who graduated from the University of Tennessee in December, is an intern at Second Mile Marketing in Knoxville.

  • New medical manufacturing jobs coming to Oak Ridge

    A medical manufacturing company has its eyes on Oak Ridge as the site of a new facility that could produce 200 permanent, high paying jobs.

    Coquí Radio Pharmaceuticals Corp. has announced plans to build a dedicated Medical Isotope Production Facility that could be complete by 2025.

    According to a press release from the company, the U.S. Department of Energy transferred land for the facility and provided research support through the national laboratories.

  • Dollar General remodeled in Ten Mile

    Dollar General is excited to announce it recently completed a remodel of its store at 2690 S. Highway 304 in Ten Mile. 

    With an updated layout and design, the store now offers a selection of produce and expanded frozen and refrigerated food offerings in addition to the same categories, brands and products customers trust Dollar General to carry.

  • Prepare teens for driving before handing over keys

    It’s time for tuxedos, prom dresses, and corsages as prom season gets underway for parents and teens across the Volunteer State.

    But before handing over the car keys on prom night, the Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance encourages parents to first do their homework about auto insurance.

    Talking to young drivers about the importance of responsible driving can help ensure that prom season is safe for everyone.

  • THP to conduct license checkpoint

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol will conduct a driver license roadside safety checkpoint during the week of May 5 on Pumphouse Road at Arp Drive.

    Recognizing the danger presented to the public by unqualified drivers, troopers will concentrate their efforts on vehicles being operated by drivers who violate the driver license laws of Tennessee. The Tennessee Highway Patrol has found these driver license roadside safety checkpoints to be an effective means of enforcing driver license laws while ensuring the protection of motorists.

  • Registration now open for various Oak Ridge summer camp activities

    Registration for the 2019 Summer Camp sponsored by the City of Oak Ridge Recreation and Parks Department has begun.

    Online registration will be available at http://bit.ly/ORRecRegistration.

    Early registration is recommended as space is limited and the camp will fill up quickly.

    The online registration tool will be available 24 hours a day.

    Walk-in registration for cash or check payment will be available during regular Civic Center hours (8 a.m. to 10 p.m.).

  • Kingston picks bid on amphitheater

    On Tuesday, April 9, the Kingston City Council voted unanimously to award the bid for construction of the Fort Southwest Point amphitheater to Skilled Services LLC.

    The bid was approved at $498,330, which will be funded through a $500,000 grant provided by the state.

    The city was forced to navigate a second round of bidding after all the contractors who submitted bids during the first round of bidding were over the $500,000 budget.

    Reducing the bids to within budget required revisions to the original plan.

  • Help fight cancer with Relay for Life event

    This year’s Relay for Life event at Roane State Community College will let everyone know it’s time to champion over cancer.

    The theme for the Friday, April 26, Relay for Life event is “We are the Champions,” and event organizers are hoping to raise $40,000 towards the battle to kick cancer to the curb.

    Festivities, which includes food, games and music, will be from 5 to 11 p.m. in the faculty parking lot.

    “Cancer affects all of us. It is out there and we need to do something to stop it,” said Fran Puckett.

  • TVA plans to expand on-site storage for gypsum at Kingston

    The Tennessee Valley Authority is asking for public comment on a plan to expand the boundaries of an onsite dry storage landfill for coal combustion residuals at Kingston Fossil Plant near Harriman, Tennessee.

    TVA currently operates a permitted state-of-the-art dry landfill on TVA property at Kingston for coal ash and gypsum, which is produced by the air emissions controls at the plant.

    The landfill is designed for two phases. The first phase has been in operation since 2015.