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High School Basketball round-up Monday Dec. 28th

Checking out Monday’s high school basketball action, the Oak Ridge Lady Wildcats beat Sequoyah 49-29 in the first round of the Lenoir City Christmas tournament as Mykia Dowdell scored 17 points. Oak Ridge faces the home-standing Lenoir City Lady Panthers this evening at 6 pm at Lenoir City. Meanwhile, their …

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Comptroller: Fraud hotline doing its job

The Tennessee Comptroller’s Fraud, Waste and Abuse Hotline is marking a record achievement in its effort to help uncover the misuse of government funds and property. Confidential tips to the hotline helped to identify a record $1,112,500 in confirmed thefts, shortages and questioned costs for the fiscal year ending June …

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ACSD investigating cause of fire

The Anderson County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a fire at a vacant mobile home on Norris Freeway. The fire occurred late Saturday night at 3525 Norris Freeway in Heiskell and no injuries were reported. Sheriff’s deputies reported that when they arrived, they observed the trailer in flames and the Andersonville …

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Man arrested after running from deputy on Christmas Eve

A Briceville man spent Christmas in jail after running from a Sheriff’s deputy during a traffic stop on Christmas Eve. At around 5:45 pm Thursday, an Anderson County Sheriff’s deputy responded to an anonymous tip that Christopher Budrow—who had been wanted on outstanding warrants—was a passenger in a black SUV …

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OR boys continue hot start in Bristol

With Christmas on Friday, this weekend saw limited action on the high school basketball court, but the Oak Ridge Wildcat boys were in action and on Saturday, hammered Dobyns-Bennett for the second time in as many weeks 81-35 in the first round of the Arby’s Classic in Bristol. Tee Higgins …

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Leadership at ATLC changing

Steve Jones, president of the Atomic Trades and Labor Council for the past five years, is retiring effective in January. Mike Thompson, a veteran of Oak Ridge union negotiations, will succeed Jones as president of the umbrella labor organization that represents more than a dozen unions at the government plants. …

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TBI probing officer-involved shooting

The TBI is investigating an officer-involved shooting that occurred Thursday in Roane County. The incident happened off of Dry Hill Road in Rockwood. According to Rockwood Police, the incident began as a traffic stop on a car that had been reported stolen but quickly turned into a pursuit up Old …

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Prosecutors win motions in Smoot case

Last week, the state won two motions in the murder case against former Knoxville insurance executive Shawn Smoot, but may observers believe that the legal wrangling will continue in 2016 as a new judge takes over the case. Outgoing Roane County Criminal Court Judge E. Eugene Eblen, who is retiring …

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Man awaits charges in girlfriend’s death

A man who allegedly shot his girlfriend in the back at close range with a 12-gauge shotgun, killing her instantly, had his bond on a previous theft charge revoked last week and remains in custody awaiting the presentation of charges against him to a Morgan County grand jury. 36-year-old Erskine …

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Plutonium-238 from ORNL could power NASA missions

Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s achievement of producing 50 grams of plutonium-238 could be the path to provide power for future NASA missions into space. The Department of Energy’s Rebecca Onuschak (ahn-a-schok) says NASA needs new sources of plutonium-238. “New plutonium-238 is going to be key to continuing long-term deep space …

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