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GSMNP begins lengthy paving project on Newfound Gap Road

(GSMNP press release) Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced that a paving project will begin this week on Newfound Gap Road along an 8-mile section of the roadway from Chimneys Picnic Area to Newfound Gap. The project should be completed by November 30, 2021, though work schedules are subject …

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Resolution calls for change in way TN AG selected

(State Senator Ken Tager’s office) A resolution allowing voters to change the way Tennessee’s Attorney General is selected was approved on Tuesday by the Senate Judiciary Committee.  Senate Joint Resolution 1, sponsored by Senate Republican Caucus Chairman Ken Yager (R-Kingston), calls for a transparent nomination process by the Tennessee Supreme Court …

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GSMNP conducting prescribed burn in Cades Cove

(GSMNP press release) Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Appalachian-Piedmont-Coastal Zone fire management staff plan to burn 428 acres of fields in Cades Cove on Thursday, February 25. Weather permitting, this acreage includes the 90-acre Rowans Branch unit along Sparks Lane and the 338-acre Primitive Baptist Church unit along …

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UCOR, OREM begin removal of two more buildings

(UCOR press release) DOE’s Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management (OREM) and contractor UCOR have begun removing the two remaining structures at the former Radioisotope Development Lab at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). “This project launches our next phase of major demolition and cleanup at ORNL,” said Nathan Felosi, OREM’s portfolio federal project director …

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Roane authorities warn of scam callers

The Roane County Sheriff’s Office says that they have heard from numerous citizens who have been called by someone claiming to be from the Social Security Administration. The Sheriff’s Office says that these calls begin with an automated message telling the recipient that their “Social Security number has been suspended.” …

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RCSO seeks help in finding missing man

The Roane County Sheriff’s Office took to social media this week asking for assistance from the public in locating a missing subject. Authorities say 49-year-old Floyd Eugene McKinney was last seen by his family back on February 11th on Martin Road in Harriman. If you have any information about his …

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Knoxville man killed in Roane wreck

A one-car accident Tuesday night in Roane County killed a Knoxville man, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol. Shortly after 9 pm, 60-year-old Richard Keil of Knoxville was driving west on Highway 70, near Dogwood valley Road just east of Kingston, in a 2001 Saturn SC2 when he lost control …

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OR releases annual water quality report

(City of Oak Ridge press release) The 23rd annual water quality report is now available for viewing on the City of Oak Ridge website. The direct link to the report is www.oakridgetn.gov/online/water-quality-2020. Also known as the Consumer Confidence Report, it was mandated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1998 …

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It’s official! State lifts restrictions on visiting nursing homes, long-term care facilities beginning Sunday

The Tennessee Department of Health announced Wednesday that it will lift its state-specific visitation restrictions for long-term care facilities beginning Sunday, February 28th. According to a press release, nursing homes and other long-term care facilities should follow federal guidance provided by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Health Commissioner …

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