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Isbel out of State Rep race

Anderson County Commissioner Tim Isbel, who announced last week his intention to run against incumbent 33rd District State representative John Ragan in the Republican primary in August, has withdrawn his name from the ballot. The deadline to do so was noon today (Thursday April 14th). Isbel says that after speaking …

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Ex-Campbell commissioner pleads in DUI case

A former Campbell County commissioner pleaded guilty this week to DUI. Wendell bailey, who briefly served on the Commission, was arrested in April of 2014 following a traffic accident in Jacksboro. Officers reported finding a spilled beer can in the cab of his pickup truck and 23 open, empty cans …

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ORISE contract runner-up files sealed protest

The losing bidder on a $1.4 billion contract to manage the DOE’s Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education has reportedly filed a sealed protest in federal court over the agency’s decision. Details of the protest have not been disclosed as they were entered in sealed federal documents to the …

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All lanes of I-75 back open ahead of schedule

Both northbound lanes of Interstate 75 in Campbell County were reopened Wednesday after having been closed since a rockslide near mile marker 142 on February 26th sent huge boulders across all four lanes of travel. TDOT let a nearly-$3 million emergency contract to remove debris, stabilize the slope and repair …

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ACSD, deputy sued over crash

Two brothers have filed separate lawsuits in Anderson County Circuit Court against the Anderson County Sheriff’s Department and a deputy over an incident that occurred in July. The lawsuits, first reported by the News-Sentinel, were filed by Daniel and Johnny Kennedy against the ACSD and Deputy Robert Sean Vinsant, who is …

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ORT: Distillery proposed in Oak Ridge

A proposed distillery in west Oak Ridge could be the first of its kind in the city, according to our partners at Oak Ridge Today. Secret City Spirits would be located next to United Grocery Outlet on the Oak Ridge Turnpike and will produce bourbon, rum and flavored, unaged liquors. …

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Jellico officer fired after no-shows in court

A Jellico police officer who failed to show up for three scheduled court appearances in a road rage case was fired this week after the prosecutor in the case had to dismiss charges in the case against a Powell man. The alleged road rage incident occurred in September of 2014 …

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ORT: NRC hosts meetings on proposed OR reactors

(Oak Ridge Today) The small modular nuclear reactors being evaluated for the Clinch River Site in west Oak Ridge could provide an emissions-free fuel source, but it could be a decade or so before they start operating. And that’s assuming all goes according to plan, officials said Tuesday. The Tennessee …

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