Today: ‘Say No to Drugs’ balloon release in Oak Ridge

Say No to Drugs Balloon Release

Have you or someone you love ever suffered from drug abuse? Have you ever given thanks that the negative effects of drug abuse haven’t entered into your life?

If so, you are invited to join the family and friends of Clayton Smith along with the Roane County Anti-Drug Coalition for a special prayer and balloon release at 1 p.m. Sunday, November 9, at Oak Ridge Memorial Park.

The event is being held to honor the recovery efforts of anyone who has suffered from drug addiction and to remember the lives of loved ones lost due to drug abuse. [Read more…]

Guided gratitude mediation offered Saturday morning

Linda D. Doyle

Linda D. Doyle

A guided meditation of gratitude will be hosted by the Mental Health Ministry of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church on Saturday, November 8. The meditation, which will be led by licensed clinical social worker and CONTACT volunteer Linda Doyle, will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the church fellowship hall.

The church is located at 131 West Gettysburg Avenue in Oak Ridge. The event is free and open to the public, and child care will be provided.

Doyle said in notes about the meditation that it is a type appropriate for all faiths and for the coming holiday season.

“The theme will be gratitude, keeping in mind the upcoming celebration of our country’s national holiday in November,” Doyle said in a press release. [Read more…]

Recycle electronics, other items; shred documents on Saturday

You can recycle certain electronics and other items and shred documents during a recycling event on Oak Ridge Turnpike on Saturday.

The recycling program is sponsored by Keep Anderson County Beautiful. It is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, November 8, at the Potter’s Clearance Center next to Willow Ridge Garden Center.

It’s part of the national America Recycles Day, sponsored by Keep America Beautiful.

During the local event, Scott Recycling of Knoxville will collect old computers and peripherals, cell phones, rechargeable and button batteries, compact fluorescent light bulbs (no tubes), used books (not text books), and eyeglasses. For televisions, there is a charge of $20/TV and $1 per CRT computer monitor because of current expenses associated with recycling CRT screens. No TV cabinetry will be accepted. Scott Recycling from Knoxville will be recycling the electronics. [Read more…]

First Atomic City Bowl at Boys and Girls Club on Saturday

The first Atomic City Bowl will feature football games at the Boys and Girls Club on Saturday, November 8. The games will be played on the football field at 102 South Jefferson Circle.

“We would like to invite the community to come out and watch the future of Oak Ridge football,” a press release said.

Here is the schedule:

  • Oak Ridge U10 versus Farragut—3:15 p.m.
  • Oak Ridge U7 versus Fulton—4:45 p.m.

Admission is $3 for adults and $1 students.

Daughters of American Revolution chapter meets Saturday in Oak Ridge

The Clinch Bend Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution will meet Saturday afternoon in Oak Ridge.

The meeting starts at 1 p.m. Saturday, November 8, at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church.

The chapter will be honoring the nation’s veterans with a guest speaker, (retired) Lieutenant Colonel Nancy Johnson, a press release said. Johnson will present “My Life as a Soldier Girl.”

Refreshments will be served. For information, call (865) 945-5605 or visit

WYSH: County officials request records from Clinton as Courthouse case crosses street

Clinton City Hall

Clinton City Hall (Photo courtesy City of Clinton)


Information from WYSH Radio

The controversy and conflict regarding the copying of hard drives from computers in the Anderson County Human Resources Department has spilled across the street from the County Courthouse to Clinton City Hall.

As we have reported, County Human Resources Director Cathy Best announced her resignation Monday after almost 10 years on the job and her looming departure, along with that of her second-in-command Kerri Ashley, prompted County Mayor Terry Frank to try to have their hard drives copied. Her request was made after she was informed last month that former building inspector Lisa Crumpley was planning on filing a wrongful termination lawsuit against the county, alleging that she was fired for cooperating in the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation probe that led to the indictment of her boss, David Crowley, on charges of inspecting buildings without the necessary certifications.

Frank wanted to copy all forensic evidence on the computers used by Best and Ashley, as they may contain information regarding Crumpley’s termination and what became of her personnel file, which went missing days after she was fired. [Read more…]

Sponsored: Hibachi Pizza has Customer Appreciation Day on Saturday

Hibachi Pizza Customer Appreciation Day Oliver Springs, TN

Hibachi Pizza in Oliver Springs has a Customer Appreciation Day and official grand opening on Saturday, November 8.

The restaurant will offer a 12-inch one-topping pizza for $3.99.

Hibachi Pizza is at 526 East Tri County Boulevard in Oliver Springs. Call (865) 435-1881 for more information.

Former AC court official has new job in Rocky Top

Tyler Mayes

Tyler Mayes

Information from WYSH Radio

Former Anderson County Circuit Court Clerk Tyler Mayes has been named the acting city recorder in Rocky Top.

Mayes was appointed by the Anderson County Commission to serve the remainder of longtime Clerk Barry Pelizarri’s term following his retirement in 2012, but he did not win the election to retain that seat in August, losing to William Jones.

Mayes will succeed Chris Phillips, who served briefly as Rocky Top city recorder before returning to his former job as the Anderson County budget and accounts director last month. The Rocky Top City Council will vote on whether to confirm him in the job on November 20.

BBB: City Manager Treece resigns in OS

Tina Treece

Tina Treece (Photo by BBB-TV)

Information from WYSH Radio

According to our partners at BBB-TV, Oliver Springs City Manager Tina Treece has announced that she is resigning after more than two years on the job.

Treece notified city leaders of her intention to step down on Wednesday, the day after the Tuesday, November 4, election. But BBB said it wasn’t clear if the resignation was because of the election.

Treece has been in her position since early 2012, when she replaced David Bolling, who left the city for a similar job in Maine. Bolling, who is also a former Anderson County commissioner, has since returned to Tennessee as city manager in Kingston.

Conservative talk show ‘Let’s Talk Frank’ returns to airwaves

The television show “Let’s Talk Frank” is returning to the local airwaves, host Lee Frank said.

The show will air live every Thursday on Comcast Channel 12 from 7 to 8 p.m., and it will feature state and local guests, commentary, and news. The show will also accept calls from the viewing audience, a press release said.

Founded in 2002, the conservative-oriented local show aired for seven years on BBB Comcast Channel 12 in Anderson and Roane Counties. [Read more…]

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Missing AC man located in Georgia

Michael Miller Missing Person

An Anderson County man reported missing on October 10 has been located in Georgia, authorities said.

Michael David Miller, who is in his early 40s, was stopped by the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Department after a “hit” on his license plate showed him as a missing person, the Anderson County Sheriff’s Department said Tuesday. Miller and his vehicle had been entered into the National Crime Information Center, or NCIC, as a missing person.

Miller told Gwinnett County deputies he was okay and just wanted to “get away” for a while. Gwinnett County deputies contacted Anderson County authorities, confirmed he was a missing person, and said he appeared to be in no distress and was in good health. Miller was asked to contact his family, and with no reason to detain him, Gwinnett County deputies released him. [Read more…]