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Today's News

  • The Garden Gate: Is the madness ready to begin?

    By Ellen Probert Williamson
    As November approaches, remember that the 11th month of the year is known as the Mad month in the American Indian calendar. That’s when anything can happen and usually does.

    Our annual Halloween celebration is an offshoot of the ancient pagan festival of Samhain.

    On that night, the ancients believed, the spirits of all those who had died during the previous year would come back to haunt those still living.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Oct. 26

    25 Years Ago
    The Federal Highway Administration gave approval to a proposed interstate exchange on Interstate 40 for the Rockwood Municipal Airport. State Rep. Jim Henry, R-Kingston, called the airport “one of the most underused assets we have simply because there has not been good access to the facility.” Approval could mean construction would begin in 1988.

    10 Years Ago

  • Cloyd-Ortiz

    Odeen Banken announces the forthcoming marriage of her daughter, Nancy Banken Cloyd, to Peter Junior Ortiz.

    He is the son of Mercedes Ortiz of Carolina, Puerto Rico, and the late Providencio Ortiz.

    The ceremony will be at 7 p.m. Nov. 11 in Riggs Chapel Baptist Church, Harriman.

    A reception will follow at The Gibson Girls, Kingston.

    All relatives and friends of the couple are invited to attend.

  • Touring HUB
  • Rest in ... pieces
  • Scarfin’ up the biz

    Some people put up neighborhood lemonade stands.
    Claudia Brown sells crocheted scarves from her yard in Kingston.
    On nice days, Brown can be seen in her yard at 507 Race St., sitting in a lawn chair and making more scarves while traffic hums by.
    A basketful of her wares holds an array of colors, but the University of Tennessee orange-and-white ones are a good guess for best sellers.

  • Assembly rights have limits that may be tested

    By KEN PAULSON
    First Amendment Center
    The First Amendment’s guarantee of the right of assembly doesn’t necessarily include a right to camp out.

    “The Constitution doesn’t protect tents,” New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said recently, as Occupy Wall Street protesters continued their month-long vigil at Zuccotti Park. “It protects speech and assembly.”
    Bloomberg has it right, although the quasi-private nature of this particular park complicates things a bit.

  • Dispelling myths about work, intellectual disabilities

    By JIM HENRY
    Special to Roane County News
    The ability to shape your own destiny is what sets America apart.

    To be able to pursue the American Dream while performing your chosen vocation is a privilege that many people take for granted. The Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and our community partners support approximately 8,000 Tennesseans with intellectual disabilities to live, work and to be a part of their communities.

  • Tight spot lands school bus in Harriman ditch

    Several students suffered minor injuries after a bus went into a ditch Monday afternoon on Hassler Mill Road near Harriman.

    Trooper Robert Woody said the accident happened around 3:55 p.m. Monday.

    Nine students were taken for medical treatment.

    Woody said one went to East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. The remaining eight were taken to Roane Medical Center either by ambulance or by family.

    “I think they were all released fairly quickly,” Woody said.

    Woody said the narrowness of the winding road may have been a factor.

  • Regular season ends Friday night

    The final week of the regular season is here and it should be a wild one as all five county teams could still make the playoffs.

    Rockwood, Oliver Springs and Kingston have secured their postseason berth, but Harriman and Midway still have work to do.