Oliver Springs

Drunk, semi-nude woman resists arrest, tries to bite officer

She was very drunk, semi-nude, didn’t want to get dressed and tried to bite an Oliver Springs policeman during the arrest process, according to an incident report.

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Oliver Springs work space ‘bugged,’ ex-employees’ complaint alleges

Two former employees of an Oliver Springs company who were fired last year after supervisors allegedly bugged their workplaces and listened in on their conversations — some “intensely personal” in nature — have sued the company for their alleged wrongful discharge.

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Train stopped by fallen tree in Oliver Springs

A stopped train blocked traffic in Oliver Springs Saturday night, while crews worked to remove a tree caught on a train car.

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Red Cross offers July 4th safety tips

Whatever you have planned for the upcoming Fourth of July holiday, the American Red Cross wants to help you make it a safe one.

“We want everyone to have a great holiday, and a safe one,” said Mary Beth Birge, Director of Emergency Services for the East Tennessee Region.

“Whether the weekend will involve fireworks, grilling or going to the seashore, we have safety tips everyone can follow.”

Fireworks Safety

The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public fireworks show put on by professionals. Stay at least 500 feet away from the show. Many states outlaw most fireworks. If you’re setting fireworks off at home, follow these safety steps:

• Never give fireworks to small children, and always follow the instructions on the packaging.

• Keep a supply of water close by as a precaution.

• Make sure the person lighting fireworks always wears eye protection.

• Light only one firework at a time and never attempt to relight “a dud.”

• Store fireworks in a cool, dry place away from children and pets.

• Never throw or point a firework toward people, animals, vehicles, structures or flammable materials.

• Leave any area immediately where untrained amateurs are using fireworks.

Grilling Safety

Every year people are injured while using charcoal or gas grills. Follow these steps to safely cook up treats for the backyard barbecue:

• Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use.

• Never grill indoors – not in your house, camper, tent, or any enclosed area.

• Make sure everyone, including the pets, stays away from the grill.

• Keep the grill out in the open, away from the house, the deck, tree branches, or anything that could catch fire.

• Use the long-handled tools especially made for cooking on the grill.

• Never add charcoal starter fluid when coals have already been ignited.

• Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using grills.

Sun Protection

Limit exposure to direct sunlight between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., and wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a protection factor of at least 15. Reapply sunscreen often. Remember to drink plenty of water regularly, even if not thirsty. Avoid drinks with alcohol or caffeine in them. Protect the eyes by wearing sunglasses that will absorb 100 percent of UV sunlight. Protect the feet – the sand can burn them and glass and other sharp objects can cut them.
During hot weather, watch for signs of heat stroke – hot, red skin; changes in consciousness; rapid, weak pulse; rapid, shallow breathing. If it’s suspected someone is suffering from heat stroke:

• Call 9-1-1 and move the person to a cooler place.

• Quickly cool the body by applying cool, wet cloth’s or towels to the skin (or misting it with water) and fanning the person.

• Watch for signs of breathing problems and make sure the airway is clear. Keep the person lying down.

Another thing you can do is download the free Red Cross first aid app which puts expert advice for everyday emergencies at someone’s fingertips. The app is available for from the Apple or Google Play for Android app stores.

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Fireworks celebration rescheduled

Fire Chief Darryl Kerley announced today that the Independence Day fireworks celebration has been rescheduled for Sunday July 7th, at 10 p.m. at A.K. Bissell Park.

“After consulting with the national weather service and our fireworks contractor Pyro Shows, I have made the decision to re-schedule the event” says Kerley.

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Seen at the Secret City Festival…

We grabbed some shots from this year’s Secret City Festival, which is being hailed as another success. (Photos by Russel Langley. Captions by Lona Williams.)

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Energy firms attend UT Forest fracking conference

Representatives of five energy companies got an up-close view Friday of a vast wilderness owned by University of Tennessee where a variety of issues linked to natural gas drilling and fracking will be studied, and the firms are competing to see who gets to drill there.

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Janelle Arthur sings at the Grand Ole Opry

Oliver Springs native Janelle Arthur looked right at home Wednesday night on country music’s grandest stage. She was one of several artists who took center stage at the Grand Ole Opry.

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New phone scams targeting seniors

Tennessee seniors and persons with disabilities need to be aware of a potential scam involving recorded phone calls promising free or low cost personal emergency or medical alert systems.

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Boys & Girls Club launches new effort with Big Brothers Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee and the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Clinch Valley have teamed up to create “Bigs at the Club,” a one to one mentorship program where the Big meets weekly with their Little Brother or Sister at the Boys & Girls Club.

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