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Today's News

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Who has rocks in their head? Probably me

    When my youngest brother, Rick, was in the first grade, and I was in the sixth, his teacher tapped on my classroom door and called me into the hall.

    Rick hovered behind her.

    She opened her palm, revealing an impressive pebble. I say impressive, because she said it came from Rick’s nose.

    “He says he didn’t put it in there,” the teacher said.

    I stared at her a minute, wondering if she had rocks in her head, then pulled Rick aside.

  • Rockwood prepares for Wassomless Christmas

    Rockwood 2000 has added a new event to its holiday extravaganza this weekend.

    On Friday evening, the celebration of the organization’s annual Christmas home tour will kickoff with a Christmas tree lighting at Rockwood’s Homecoming Park at 6:30.

    During the festivities members of the Crossville chapter of the Sons of the Confederate Veterans, an integral part of the home tour’s Civil War re-enactments, will present a plaque to the city in memory of Stan and Judy Wassom.

  • Rocky, Leon Houston arrested for contempt of court

    Brothers Rocky and Leon Houston were arrested Thursday morning after Chancellor Frank V. Williams III found them in contempt of court.

    The two men, who in 2006 were accused of murder in the shootings of a Roane County sheriff's deputy and ride-along friend, were in court to contest one of their lawyers taking Houston family property in payment for representing him.

    Leon was acquitted in the shootings, while Rocky was released as a result of a technical error by one of the judges in the case.

  • Time to give credit where credit is due

    We would be remiss in our duty if we did not, on these pages, acknowledge the the death of Henry Wattenbarger.
    Wattenbarger was a friend to this newspaper — and to many individuals and groups in and around the community.
    We sometimes wondered of Wattenbarger felt his contributions — and they were many — would be forgotten after he was gone.
    They won’t be — not by the people who knew him.
    Wattenbarger lived past the age of 90 and was one of the busiest retirees we have ever known.

  • IMPRESSIONS: The Shadow knows ... what gift to get his wife

    Ages ago, Santa brought me one of the most wonderful Christmas presents.
    Actually, I’m pretty certain he had some help from the cutest elf ever to work in his toy shop at the North Pole.
    Most times my darling wife, who happens to be height-challenged because she stands several snowflakes shy of 4 feet, 11 inches, would take offense to being referred to as an elf.
    But when we tear off the November calendar and start marking up December, well, she turns into one of Santa’s most energetic helpers.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Dec. 1

    25 Years Ago
    Harrell’s IGA in Kingston and Harriman advertised T-bone steaks for $2.59 per pound; red grapes for 59 cents per pound; ground beef for 99 cents per pound; large eggs for 59 cents per dozen; 42-ounce Tide detergent for $1.69; a 10-pound bag of Idaho potatoes for $1.49; and 2-percent milk for $1.69 per gallon.

    10 Years Ago

  • THP to conduct license check in Roane County

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol will be conducting driver license roadside safety checkpoints during the week of Dec. 5 on Fiske Heights Road in Roane County.

    Recognizing the danger presented to the public by unqualified drivers, troopers will concentrate their efforts on vehicles being operated by drivers who would violate the driver license laws of Tennessee.

  • Prices dropped on Rockwood paver bricks to honor area vets

    Rockwood 2000 is offering area veterans a discount on engraved paver bricks for Memory Lane, an ongoing project  in the city’s Homecoming Park at West Rockwood Street and Front Avenue.

    The paver bricks are an excellent way to honor those who have fought for the peace and safety of this country, said project Chairman Maurice Greif.

    “All will be placed in a group in the Memory Lane,” he added.

  • Ride in antique auto a wish come true for Kingston’s Whittenbarger

    Inspired by the movie, “The Bucket List,” a Kingston woman has made a similar list of interesting things she hopes to see or do during her lifetime.

    With the help of Rex Walls of Harriman, Wendy Whittenbarger recently marked off one of the items: a ride in an antique car.

    At 40, Whittenbarger has many years ahead to realize her list, but she was eager to get started. While cerebral palsy has limited her from some things, she has an adventurous spirit and is always eager to learn and experience something new.

  • Harriman makes plans for 22nd TubaChristmas

    The Babahatchie Community Band will present Harriman’s 21st annual Merry TubaChristmas concert at 11:45 a.m. Dec. 4 in Harriman High School’s James M. Williamson Auditorium.

    Registration begins at 9:30 a.m., with rehearsal at 10.

    The tuba/euphonium choir under the direction of Sande MacMorran will perform carols and songs of Christmas.

    Tuba/sousaphone and euphonium/baritone players of all degrees of ability are welcome to participate in this event.