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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Researchers find gene tied to bad antibiotic reaction

    Researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and colleagues have identified a gene that increases the risk for a severe and potentially life-threatening reaction to the commonly prescribed antibiotic vancomycin.

    Routine testing for this gene could improve patient safety and reduce unnecessary avoidance of other antibiotics, they reported in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

  • Jail vocational training program benefits all

    By Danielle Brown

    Special to the Roane County News

    We have all made those decisions, a few steps too far in the wrong direction.

    For some, those decisions resulted in debt, a lost job, a lower grade, or ended a relationship. Others gave up their freedom.

    Regardless, yesterday has been spent, and today we reap our investment. We can choose to learn and evolve or do more of the same. Hindsight can redirect many paths, but what of the men and women whose mistakes cost their freedom?

  • Roane Democrats elect new officers

    The Roane County Democratic Party Convention adopted new bylaws and elected new officers and executive committee members at its biannual Reorganization Convention March 30.

    The new officers and executive committee members were sworn in at the regular meeting immediately following the Convention.  

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