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Federal managers grilled over July Y-12 security breach

Federal managers grilled over July  Y-12 security breach

Federal lawmakers grilled a group of federal managers in Washington D.C. on Wednesday over the July 28 break-in at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge.

The purpose of this morning's hearing was to take a close look at what's needed to maintain the highest levels of performance, safety, and security at the nation's seven nuclear sites. But it's clear that lawmakers are using the security breach at Y-12 as an example of a "best-case" scenario that resulted from catastrophic failings among the highest levels of management.

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Nun praised at hearing on Y-12 breach

Nun praised at hearing on Y-12 breach

By ERIK SCHELZIG
Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- An 82-year-old nun who broke into the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant in Oak Ridge with two fellow peace activists in July has been both praised and criticized at a congressional hearing about the security breach.

Sister Megan Rice attended the Wednesday hearing in Washington by the House Energy and Commerce oversight and investigations subcommittee.

UT, ORNL working to make nuclear fusion possible

UT, ORNL working to make nuclear fusion possible

The University of Tennessee and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory are now leading a national team to make nuclear fusion possible.

UT says nuclear fusion could become a safe, sustainable and limitless source of energy, but the science behind putting fusion on the commercial market is unknown right now.

Unlike nuclear reactors used today, fusion doesn't use nuclear fuel having a long radioactive life.

DA: Anderson deputies justified in using deadly force in fatal shooting

DA: Anderson deputies justified in using deadly force in fatal shooting

The investigation into a fatal shooting of two suspects by a pair of Anderson County deputies is closed, and both the TBI and the District Attorney General's Office have determined that the officers acted appropriately and should be commended for their actions.

The outside investigation was requested by Anderson County Sheriff Paul White after the shooting, which happened on February 29.

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East Tenn remembers victims on 9/11 anniversary

East Tenn remembers victims on 9/11 anniversary

It will be a somber day Tuesday as we mark the 11th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks.

From Ground Zero, to the Pentagon, to a tranquil field in Pennsylvania, thousands will gather to remember those they lost. Nearly 3,000 people died in the attacks.

President Obama has proclaimed Tuesday "Patriot Day" and the "National Day of Service and Remembrance."

Thousands of Tennesseans have fought for our country since the 9/11 attacks.

Norris City Council approves property annexation

Norris City Council approves property annexation

The city of Norris is a little bit bigger after a vote by city council.

Sunday night we told you about John Alvis and his business Sleepy Eyed Johns, which sits on Highway 61 in the community of Bethel in Anderson County.

Monday evening, the Norris City Council voted four to one to annex his property and a veterinarian's office right next door.

B&W Y-12 hires new chief operating officer

B&W Y-12 hires new chief operating officer

There's new leadership at the Y-12 Security Complex in Oak Ridge. The contractor B&W Y-12 has named Joe Henry chief operating officer.

Y-12 says the position is new, and Henry will help with overall site management with a focus in operations. He'll be in the position temporarily over the next few months.

In July, the complex was the site of a break-in by protesters that led federal officials to temporarily stop all nuclear activities there.