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Today's News

  • Snake bite not big problem in Tennessee

    As summer approaches and many Tennesseans go outdoors for hiking and boating and other warm-weather activities, snakes will emerge as well. Vanderbilt University Medical Center medical toxicologist John Benitez, associate professor of clinical medicine and emergency medicine, offers tips for avoiding these reptiles and what to do if bitten.

  • Nationals qualify for major tourneys
  • Oak Ridge to host dragon boat races

     

    The inaugural Oak Ridge Dragon Boat Race Festival, which will be held from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, is free to all spectators. It will be held at the Oak Ridge Marina and Pavilion, but officials say it’s unsafe to park along Melton Lake Drive.

  • Roane lands 18 on all-district teams

     

    The 2014 softball season recently ended and the news was good for a total of 18 individuals from Roane County as that’s the number all-district selections from the county’s five high schools.

  • EPA must act on ash regs

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to a Dec. 19 deadline to take final action on regulating coal ash waste from power plants.

    In 2010, in the wake of the TVA coal ash spill in Kingston, the EPA announced it was considering two options to regulate coal ash. Environmental groups sued the agency for failing to take action on the proposed regulations.

    Last fall, U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton ordered the EPA to set a deadline.

  • REU move gets city’s attention

    Rockwood Electric Utility may be eyeing the possibility of moving to its Tedder Street property, but Rockwood City Council approved a resolution asking the utility to instead consider renovating and expanding operations at its current location.

    Councilman Pete Wright said REU’s location at 341 W. Rockwood St. is an important element of downtown.

  • Rockwood mayor’s vote is new

    Rockwood Mayor James Watts voted at the Rockwood City Council meeting last Thursday.

    His second vote was on what could be a controversial topic: dismissing Jody Mioduski as Rockwood Park and Recreation director.

    Giving Watts the power to vote was part of the city charter changes that were recently approved at the state level.

  • SOLEMN REMEMBRANCE
  • Trails Day embraced

    In conjunction with National Trails Day, Tennessee State Parks will host free, guided hikes on Saturday, June 7, encouraging outdoor enthusiasts to participate in several planned activities across the state.

    Each state park will host its own special hike, offering a variety of family-friendly activities including historical hikes, educational programming, re-enactments and wildlife watching.

  • Hawkins produces another winner

    Christian Hawkins, a Kingston resident and recent graduate of Roane County High School, won first-place in advertising design at the Skills

    USA State Competion in April.

    Hawkins finished second in 2013, and used that to step up his game this year.

    “It was a big motivator,” he said. “That was my plan. I kept enough air in my head that I knew I was coming home with a gold medal.”

    Even so, Hawkins had some butterflies at the state event.

    “We had a lot of good competitors,” he said.