Today's News

  • ARS International LLC honored

    Consolidated Nuclear Security LLC, the managing operator of the Y-12 National Security Complex, announced on May 7, that ARS International LLC, is the Y-12 Small Business of the Year and Karen Prillhart, as the Y-12 Small Business Advocate.

    The announcements were part of a combined ceremony with the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The three organizations honor outstanding small businesses and local leaders annually at the “Celebrate Oak Ridge Business” breakfast at the Double Tree Hotel.

  • DOE awards new contract to support clean up in Oak Ridge

    Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management announced five small business awardees for its Characterization, Deactivation/Demolition, and Remediation Services contract.

    Through this arrangement, each company has a five-year Indefinite-Delivery/Indefinite-Quantity (IDIQ) contract where OREM can issue Firm-Fixed-Price task orders. The maximum value for services is $24.9 million.

    The five awardees include:

    • Aerostar SES LLC, based in Oak Ridge

  • Dai elected Materials Research Society fellow

    Sheng Dai, a researcher at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has been elected fellow of the Materials Research Society.

    MRS fellows are noted for their “distinguished research accomplishments and outstanding contributions to the advancement of materials research worldwide.”

  • Preparing student loan borrowers for repayment

    Students who have borrowed federal loans to help pay for college and are finishing their schooling must take exit counseling to prepare for repaying those loans.

    That goes for student borrowers who are completing degrees, diplomas and certificates, according to KHEAA.

    During exit counseling, students learn about their repayment options, about deferments and forbearances, and about what might happen if they don’t repay their loans.

  • Miles, ‘Kingston’s mayor’ remembered fondly

    Edith Miles, a long time Kingston resident and well-known local personality, passed away last week at age 92.

    Born in Kingston, Miles lived in the neighborhood around Bethel Cemetery for many years. She attended Bethel Presbyterian Church for 65 years and was in charge of the church’s nursery for more than 40 years.

    She was active in saving the Old Courthouse and could be seen in recent years at various functions associated with the Roane County Heritage Commission.

    Roane County Historian Robert Bailey knew Miles very well.

  • Roane to keep TVA funding

    Roane County is planning to keep $29,138 in grant funds it accepted from TVA.

    This despite filing a lawsuit against TVA and one of its contractors last week over issues related to the 2008 ash spill.

    “No,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said Friday, when asked if the county would be returning the grant money to TVA.

  • Oh the DRAMA

    Willie May McDermott never learned to swim. Maybe that’s why she often told her daughter “Don’t wade out in the lake too far — if you get water in your ears you’ll drown.”

    McDermitt’s daughter, Pat Ward of Kingston, submitted the winning entry in the Roane County News Mother’s Day contest for favorite phrase your mother used to tell you.

    Ward said her mother, who was afraid of the water, often used the phrase about not going in too deep in the water.

  • Best wants to do more than set city policy

    By Richard Evans

    Mayor Wayne Best asked the Harriman City Council to consider adding an item to their next workshop concerning the role of elected city officials.

    “I’d like for us to look at discussing exactly what our job is. I get told it’s setting policy. If that’s my job, I don’t need this job,” he said.

    “If I can’t be part of my city and if I can’t get out and work — if I can’t talk to employees and department heads, I don’t need to be here.”

  • Judge Scott, who presided over Houston brothers’ trial, dies at 83

    Retired judge James “Buddy” Scott died last Thursday.

    He was 83.

    He was remembered fondly Friday by his son-in-law, Circuit Court Judge Mike Pemberton.

    “As a judge, he expected the attorneys to meet high ethical standards,” Pemberton said.

    “Whether you won or lost your case, the attorneys and parties knew they had been treated fairly.”