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Today's News

  • The Garden Gate: Did you consider the lily this Easter season?

    The lily is to the Easter season what the poinsettia is to Christmas.

    What a beautiful symbol it is!

    According to ancient Semitic folklore, the lily sprang from the tears of Eve when she was banished form the Garden of Eden. Later Christian lore says the lily was yellow until the day the Virgin Mary stooped to pick it.

    Christian symbolism has the lily representing purity, chastity and innocence. Above all, it is the symbol of Christ’s Resurrection after the tragic day of His crucifixion and His death.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of April 23

    25 Years Ago

  • Eddie Money, ’80s rocker, headlining at Secret City Fest

    Grammy-nominated 1980s rocker Eddie Money will bring his blue-collar brand of rock ’n’ roll to Oak Ridge’s 12th annual Secret City Music Festival.

    Money will be the headline entertainment for the June 13, concert, which begins at 7 p.m.

    Area rock band Jada Blade will be the opening act.

  • Complimentary radon tests available online

    The Tennessee Department of Environment is offering complimentary radon test kits online this month.

    The department is also educating Tennesseans about the dangers of radon exposure.

    “It is important to test your home since radon acts unpredictably,” said TDEC Commissioner Bob Martineau. “It is a naturally occurring gas that can seep into homes through cracks and openings in the foundation and cannot be seen, tasted or smelled.”

  • Goldston retires from Air Force

    U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Casey Douglas Goldston recently retired after 21 years and four months on active duty.

    Goldston, a native of South Harriman, is the son of Chane and Brenda Goldston.

    He attended Bowers Elementary, South Harriman Middle School and graduated from Roane County High school in 1992.

    Goldston enlisted in the Air Force in July 1992. He attended basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio.

  • Arts Council taking over Polk Salad Fest, set for June 14

    Roane County Arts Council is relaunching the Harriman Polk Salad Festival.

    The festival, a Harriman tradition since 2004, will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 14, rain or shine, at David Webb Riverfront Park. Admission is free to the public.

    The festival, conceived by the Webb family of Rocky Top General Store fame, is a celebration of Appalachian foods, arts, and nostalgic activities.

    The Arts Council is planning a new focus on the arts with a wide array of features and activities designed to serve and entertain the whole family.

  • South Roane VFD partners with United Way

    South Roane County Volunteer Fire Department has partnered with Roane County United Way for some funding for the 2014 fiscal year.

  • Sheriff, BOE hopefuls to speak at Thursday forum

    The Roane County Republican Women will host a forum on April 24 for candidates running for sheriff and Board of Education.

    The forum will be from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Michael Dunn Center at 629 Gallaher Road, Kingston.

    Incumbent Sheriff Jack Stockton and his opponent, Jared Hall of Rockwood Police Department, will field questions and give remarks.

    School board candidates who have said they are attending the forum are John Evans, District 1; Michael Smith and incumbents Michael Taylor and Sam Cox, District 3/4; and Vic King, District 5/6.

  • GUEST OPINION: Attack in Kansas not simply an isolated incident

    By CHARLES C. HAYNES
    First Amendment Center
    “I hate all Jews” was Frazier Glenn Miller’s mantra, repeated time and again by the well-known white supremacist at rallies, in publications and on the Internet over a period of many years.

    On the eve of Passover, Miller translated his words of hate into violent action by opening fire on a Jewish community center and Jewish retirement home in Overland Park, Kan.

  • Grants help Kingston outfit officers

    Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam said his department was able to purchase 19 new bulletproof vests, thanks to a federal grant.  

    “It’s a 50-50 grant through the Department of Justice,” he said. “It really helps the department, as expensive and important as the vests are. They can save a life.”

    Washam said the city paid $12,000 for the vests upfront and got reimbursed for the grant half.