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TDOT’s Litter Grant Program turns 40

(TDOT press release) Litter on Tennessee’s 96,167 miles of public roads – 4,022 of which are classified as scenic – is more than an eyesore. It’s an enormous burden to the state with impacts on public health and safety, the environment, and the economy. According to the Tennessee Department of …

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BBB: Jet ski runs aground, injures woman in Kingston

According to our partners at BBB-TV, what is being described as a “freak accident” Tuesday afternoon at a home in Kingston sent one woman to the hospital with injuries. The TV station reports that a call to 9-1-1 “stated that a jet ski had run ashore at a residence on …

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Clinton man convicted in overdose death

The Anderson County District Attorney General’s Office announced Friday that a Clinton man was found guilty on charges related to a Fentanyl overdose death that occurred in March of 2021. Following a three-day trial, 57-year-old Robert Earnest Riffey, Jr. was convicted on charges of second-degree murder, possession of Schedule II …

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Veterans Breakfast is Saturday

(Submitted) Military veterans from Anderson County are once again invited to come together for a community Veterans Breakfast to honor veterans. The breakfast, hosted by Anderson County citizens, is locally sponsored this month by Oak Ridge Moose Lodge 1316 and Women of the Moose 1062. The breakfast will be held …

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State offering free Baby in the Back hangtags to help prevent heat-related child deaths

Friday, Secretary of State Tre Hargett, the Department of Health and the Department of Safety and Homeland Security announced a statewide partnership to distribute free Baby in the Back hangtags to help prevent heat-related child deaths in cars. “The safety and wellbeing of our youngest Tennesseans is important to our …

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OR Library announces several changes, drops overdue fees

(ORPL press release) Beginning July 1, 2023, Oak Ridge Public Library will no longer charge overdue fees for materials that are returned late. Additionally, the library will automatically renew eligible items that have not been returned if the item does not have a hold. Patrons will still be charged for …

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Juvenile Court Judge deployment creates temporary vacancy on the bench

Anderson County Juvenile Court Judge, the Honorable Brian S. Hunt, has been deployed by the U.S. Army in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. His deployment will create a temporary vacancy on the Juvenile Court bench from August 1st, 2023 through the end of May 2024. The Anderson County Commission has …

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State-level TCAP results released

(TDE) Today, the Tennessee Department of Education released the 2022-23 Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) state-level results, demonstrating increases in academic proficiency for students across all tested subjects and grades. These statewide results include both Spring 2023 and Fall 2022 end-of-course (EOC) exams in English Language Arts (ELA), mathematics, science and social …

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Man pleads guilty to starting October housefire

According to the 9th District Attorney General’s office, a man entered a plea last week to charges connected to a house fire on Petros Highway that occurred in October. In a press release, DA Russell Johnson announced that, on Friday, June 23rd, Jason Kitts pleaded guilty to aggravated arson and …

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