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Today's Features

  • The U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge facilities public bus tour ends Aug. 31, marking the last day of the 2012 season.

    The tour, which includes stops at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Y-12 National Security Complex  and East Tennessee Technology Park, provides historical commentary on the transformation of the Oak Ridge Reservation during the past 65 years.

    So far this season, 1,099 visitors from 36 states have participated in the summer tour.

  • Todd Young of Kingston holds still while his 11-year-old daughter, Holly, feeds a baby hummingbird resting on his shoulder.

    Younger daughter Mindy, 7, watches from afar.

    Photographer, wife and mom Amy calls the opportunity “a once-in-a-lifetime picture! God blessed us with an opportunity to help this baby hummingbird and it came back for a few feedings, even after it started flying,” she said.

  • Ginseng is one of the best known medicinal herbs in the world. Now that the ancient art of herbal medicine is once again in high favor, ginseng is coming into new prominence.

    Ginseng is believed by many people to have almost magical powers to promote general health and vigor and to prolong life. Its  remarkable history dates back more than 1,000 years.

  • 25 Years Ago
    Harriman City Council passed an $8.174 million budget, setting the property tax rate at $2.97 per $100 of assessment. The 20-cent hike in the tax rate included a 10-cent tax increase requested by the schools and was to generate funds for pay raises for city employees based on a restructured pay scale.

    10 Years Ago

  • It’s taken 57 years, but a marker denoting a Kingston Lions Club major contribution to the city is now in place.

    The engraved granite marker was intended to preserve the club’s work on the original Kingston City Park pavilion. Instead, it now serves as a reminder of that original gift to the community and the organization’s contribution to the existing pavilion, constructed recently through funds raised by Kingston employees.

  • As part of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s regulatory role regarding the export of wild American ginseng, the Division of Natural Areas is sending out a reminder to harvesters about the 2012 law change.

    A series of upcoming public participation opportunities to address potential rule changes has also been announced.

    Effective July 1, Tennessee’s ginseng harvest law was amended to change the harvest season for wild ginseng to Sept. 1-Dec. 31.  

  • Marriage licenses granted at the Roane County Courthouse from April 30-July 9:

    Jerry Ray Smith to Robin Renee Ayers Reynolds

    Nicholas Thomas Young to Brandi Lynn Gearin

    Adam Christopher Mills to Courtney Amber Long

    Matthew Jarfi to Melissa Ann Christian

    Nicholas James Riblett to Linda Marie Genung

    David Edward Ester to Andrea Lynn Aimar

    Gary Scott Rawls to Ashley Marie Powers

    James Henry Lowery to Aleia Chani Shaw

  • Babies born at Methodist Medical Center, Oak Ridge, to Roane County parents:
    June 2 — Ashley Nicole and Gregory William Cloyd, Harriman. A boy, Alexander William Cloyd.

    June 8 — Ashley and Joshua Argubright, Harriman. A boy, Yisreal James. Siblings: Ezekial Dean, Joshua Jr. and Andrianna. Grandparents: Ronnie Ashbrook and Linda Eddington; Stephen and Janice Argubright.

  • Willie Penix Finch celebrated her 100th birthday on July 31.

    The Finch family had a party/reunion in her honor on Aug. 4 in Oak Ridge Community Center.

    About 40 relatives and friends turned out to extend happy birthday wishes.

    Born Willie Edith Penix on July 31, 1912, she is originally from Lexington in West Tennessee. Her family farmed on a 160-acre plot, and she played high school basketball.