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Today's News

  • Obed on tap for program

    The unique Obed River gorge of the Cumberland Plateau will be discussed during a 6:15 p.m. Dec. 17 program in The United Church, The Chapel on the Hill, at 85 Kentucky Ave., Oak Ridge.

    Interpretive Ranger Veronica Greear will discuss the Obed Wild and Scenic River, notable for its biodiversity, supporting a diversity of ecosystems that are unique to this river system.

    Following the presentation, the Obed Wild and Scenic River’s Visitor Center film: The Obed: Find Yourself Here award winning short movie will be shown.

  • Avery Trace DAR cites McMaster for her work

    Avery Trace Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution recently honored Marla “Jill” McMaster for her outstanding contributions both nationally and to the Roane County community.

    The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution’s American History Committee sponsors a Women in American History recognition award and encourages each to select a notable woman from its state or community to honor.

  • RSCC recipient of almost $ 1 million in training grant

    Roane State Community College is among the key organizations across the state that has been awarded funding through the Labor Education Alignment Program.

    The program is a state effort focused on increasing opportunities for Tennesseans to obtain a certificate or degree beyond high school that is aligned with the needs of the workforce in their communities.

    Roane State was awarded $970,000 as part of the program.

  • Williams new DAR genealogy consultant

    Connie Williams, a member of Kingston’s Southwest Point Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, recently completed requirements to become the chapter’s genealogy consultant.

    DAR genealogy consultants must complete three units of the organization’s Genealogical Education Program.

    The first unit, Introduction to Genealogy Research for DAR Applications, consists of lessons in evaluation of evidence, vital records, Census records, state and local records, federal records, family and parochial records, and DAR records.

  • Yager new to Dunn Center board

    State Sen. Ken Yager, left, is the newest member of the Michael Dunn Center board of directors.

    He is welcomed to the board by Michael Dunn Center President and CEO Mike McElhinney, center, and Jim Pinkerton, board chairman.

  • RenFest training takes center stage

    Stage-fighting students at Pellissippi State Community College took their unique combat skills to the next level when they performed recently for the East Tennessee Renaissance Festival in Harriman.

    “Our stage-fighting course is unique in Tennessee,” said Charles R. Miller, the college’s theater program coordinator and a professor of liberal arts. “We have one of the top two-year theater programs in the country.”

    Students in the stage-fighting course learn the skills to perform mock combat for theatrical purposes.

  • GUEST OPINION: No lasting peace possible without religious freedom

    By CHARLES C. HAYNES

    First Amendment Center

    On Dec. 10, 1948, the nations of the world gathered at the United Nations to adopt the Universal Declaration of Rights, an American-inspired proclamation that launched the modern human rights movement.

    Voting in the shadow of the Holocaust, religious freedom was prominent among the inalienable rights that the world agreed must be guarded for all people.

  • Y-12 aids in fuel creation for NASA long-range missions

    The Y-12 National Security Complex staff members are taking their uranium expertise to the next level — outer

    space.

    The National Nuclear Safety Administration Production Office at Y-12 struck an agreement earlier this year with

    NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, to support the design of a small nuclear-powered reactor with potential to lead to small fission power reactors for future space exploration missions.

  • Out to Lunch: Applewood Restaurant’s fritters, soup a meal by itself

    This “Out to Lunch” adventure is part of a Christmas gift my wife, Carol, and I are giving each other.

    “I’d like to go see the ‘Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry’ production in Pigeon Forge,” Carol told me.

    The production of singers, comedians, dancers, ice skaters and animals includes many traditional facets of the holiday season, including sugar plum fairies, angels, elves, Santa Claus and, most importantly, the celebration of the birth of Christ in a living nativity.

  • Harriman Happenings: Dec. 15

    Sincere sympathy is extended to the family of Lillian Alberta Mitchell, who recently passed away at her home.

    She was married to the late Eugene Mitchell Jr.

    She was the mother of several children.

    There are 11 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

    She was a cousin to the Douglass family, and she was a good friend of mine.

    She also had a host of other relatives and friends. She was a faithful member of Foster Chapel Baptist Church.

    Pastor Joseph Tolbert officiated her service.