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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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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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Children’s Museum chief retiring

The Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge has blossomed under the leadership of Executive Director Mary Ann Damos, with added exhibits inside and improved grounds outside. One literal example is the once-overgrown back yard that’s now a blooming and attractive learning garden inviting children to grow, harvest, and cook the garden’s …

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ORFD promotes 3

The Oak Ridge Fire Department recently promoted three officers. Jody Durham was promoted from battalion chief to assistant chief of operations. He has been with Oak Ridge Fire Department for more than 10 years. Durham has experience as a U.S. Department of Energy firefighter and as a paramedic with Morgan …

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Man indicted in June shooting

A man previously convicted of manslaughter has been indicted on charges that he fired a handgun several times at a man arguing with him over a marijuana sale while children and others were nearby and will be arraigned Monday in Anderson County Criminal Court. Michael Q. Ray was indicted on …

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Thackerson, 2 OR players named All-State

More high school football players were named all-state by the Tennessee Sports Writers Association on Thursday, including two from Oak Ridge and one form Clinton in Class 5A. Mr. Football winner and Tennessee wide receiver commitment Tee Higgins joined punter Brandon Nickle as 5A All-State selections for Oak Ridge. Clinton …

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