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  • Looseleaf Laureate: Kingston woman quietly shares garden’s bounty

    If you travel on Third Street near the Roane County Courthouse in Kingston, chances are you know Pat Ward.

    You just may not know you know her.

    Ward lives in a modest house that might escape your notice; it’s her garden that draws your attention.

    Sunflowers and and corn rise tall.

    Billowing black-eyed Susans nod at squash and beans. Elegant resurrection lilies stand in a group on the side of the house, while, in front, zinnias in primary colors sway gregariously at passing cars.

  • Boys and Girls Club ends first season successfully

    Barefoot children busily color with sidewalk chalk outside while a pair of young girls sing at a piano in the gymnasium.

    Exuberant children fill the Boys & Girls Club in Harriman, which is nearing the end of its summer program. It opened to all school-age children in the Harriman area this summer.

    “It has been going great,” said Reggie Coleman, site director. “The kids are doing well.”

    The program’s goal is to provide children a safe refuge for the summer at a price parents can afford

    Eric Parrott made plenty of friends through the program.

  • Wimmer dies in farming accident

    A former Harriman orthodontist and Harriman Lions Club stalwart died after an accident at his farm.

    Bill Wimmer, 88, of Oakdale, had been working on his farm last Tuesday, July 15, and was putting his tractor-pulled brush mower in the barn at day’s end when he became trapped by it.

    He was calling for help when friends and family found him hours later and was taken to University of Tennessee Medical Center.

    “When we found him, he was talking and laughing a little bit,” said Joe Williams, a fellow Lions Club member and dentist.

  • Alleged burglars ‘friends’ of victim

    Kingston police arrested a Knoxville man and woman for allegedly attempting to break into an apartment on North Kentucky Street Monday.

    “It was approximately 9 o’clock this (Monday) morning,” Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam said.

    Tiffany Nicole Long, 30, and Kyle Thomas Myers, 25, are each charged with aggravated burglary. Police said Leroy Brummett called 911 and said someone was breaking into his apartment.

  • McFarland loans campaign $75k

    How bad does Tom McFarland want to be circuit court judge?

    Enough to loan his campaign $75,000. According to his second-quarter campaign financial disclosure report, he did just that on June 18.

    McFarland’s contributions from individuals during the period totaled $2,000.

    John Valliant Jr., a Knoxville attorney, donated $1,000 of that.

    McFarland faces Mike Pemberton in the race for circuit court judge of the 9th Judicial District. Russell E. Simmons Jr., the current judge, is retiring on Aug. 31.

  • Man who lost family in wreck shot

    A Roane County man is in stable condition after being shot Monday morning.

    The victim was Joshua Brown, according to authorities.

    Bobby Lee Murray Jr., 53, of Old Elverton Road, in Harriman, is accused of shooting Brown with a shotgun.

    “We are trying to determine what happened. We have conflicting stories,” said Sheriff Jack Stockton.

    Stockton said Brown had injuries to the back and right side, but they weren’t life-threatening.

  • Diabetes doesn’t stop 10-year-old

    Lauren Thompson is like most girls her age — a social butterfly.

    The 10-year-old, however, works more diligently than most her age to maintain her health.

    She has to.

    She has Type 1 diabetes.

    Lauren’s mother, Patricia Pair, knew something was wrong with her daughter when she was 3 years old. But she never imagined she’d hear a diabetes diagnosis from doctors.

    “It was such a shock, because what you thought was a healthy 3-year-old now had a pancreas about to quit,” said Pair.

  • Mom: 9-year-old OK to drive

    An Oliver Springs woman was charged with reckless endangerment after allowing her 9-year-old son drive the family’s Lincoln Town Car on area roads.

    Rebecca Laree Cochran, 32, 159 Old Hen Valley Road, was taken into custody after admitting to allowing her son drive.

    Police said a complainant who notified 911 said the vehicle was traveling on Old Hen Valley Road and had turned up toward 157 Old Hen Valley Road.

  • Back-to-school on a budget

    If you are a parent, chances are you are planning the dreaded shopping excursions for clothes and school supplies.

    If you’re a first-timer or simply need a back-to-school refresher course, here are a few suggestions that can help you save time, money and sanity:

  • GUEST OPINION: Disgusting, yes, but ‘cannibal’s’ thoughts are free

    By CLAY CALVERT

    First Amendment Center

    Cyberspace, perhaps due to the false sense of anonymity it provides, is awash in verbal vomit, offensive diatribes and morbid musings.

    But that doesn’t necessarily mean that the sordid speech in question always falls outside the confines of the First Amendment safeguard of free expression. That was made abundantly clear recently.