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Today's News

  • Courts of Praise giving away backpacks

    Courts of Praise Church, Harriman, will give away backpacks and school supplies on Aug. 3 in the church at 215 Maple St., Harriman.

    A short service will kick off the event at 11 a.m. followed by the giveaway and fun activities for the youngsters.

    Free hot dogs and snacks will be available.

    Two hundred backpacks will be given away.

    Courts of Praise collaborated with Cedar Grove Baptist Church, Kingston, to provide the backpacks.

    A child must be present to receive a backpack.

    Call 335-3077 for details.

  • Church Calendar: July 27-Aug. 10

    SUNDAY, JULY 27

  • Arrests: July 17-23, 2014

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    July 17 — Walter Lewis Jordan, 26, 660 West Hills Drive, Harriman: DUI, possession of drug paraphernalia, simple possession or casual exchange, open container law. Total bond $3,000; court date Sept. 29.

    • Jason Albert Lewis, 27, 801 Orchard Road, Oliver Springs: violation of probation, failure to appear. Total bond $22,500: court date Aug. 1.

  • General Sessions Court: Feb. 28-March 3, 2014

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    Feb. 28 — Davis L. Kring, financial respon• Glen Alexander Allen, speeding: dismissed on cost and traffic school.

    • Danielle N. Kinser, light law motor vehicle, registration law, financial responsibility law: dismissed. Seat belt 18 and older: guilty.

    • Natasha Pennington, financial responsibility law: dismissed.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: A report from McGlothin-Largen Park

    NOTE: In a note to last week’s column, we reviewed the list of candidates in the upcoming election and pointed out that at least five of the candidates are cousins of the late senator Howard Henry Baker, Jr., namely Criminal Court Judge E. Eugene Eblen; County Executive candidate Mike Farmer; County Commissioner Bobby Collier; County Commissioner Carolyn Collier Granger; and County Trustee Wilma Eblen. We then stated that “there may be one other,” but we are sure of these five.

  • Kingston Football Camp
  • TWFC to hold special meeting

     

    A special called meeting of the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission (TFWC) will be held via conference call on Friday, Aug. 1 at 11 a.m. (CDT). 

    The only item on the agenda is in regard to Proclamation 14-10 (early migratory bird hunting seasons).

  • Four from Roane named TSWA All-State

     

    Four Roane County softball players have been named to the Tennessee Sports Writers Association (TSWA) Class A All-State Team.

    The quartet includes Midway’s Kallie Sohm and three players from Oliver Springs, Courtney Jones along with the sister duo of Emily and Rachel Griffith. 

  • 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.

  • The Garden Gate: It yam what it yam, but it's no sweet potato

    There has long been great controversy about whether yams and sweet potatoes are the same — or whether they are two different things.

    The argument consists of two different opinions, equally adamant.

    Some research into the matter is most clearly indicated.

    Webster’s Dictionary is a good place to start. It says that sweet potatoes are large, sweet, thick tuberous roots of a tropical vine related to the morning glory, with variously shaped leaves and purple flowers.