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Today's News

  • Driver honored with blood drive

    A beloved school bus driver was honored by a blood drive at Bowers Elementary Monday afternoon.
    The community decided to hold a blood drive for John Lewis.
    He has leukemia and is at home in hospice care.
    Initially the idea was to replenish supplies for his daily blood transfusions, but now the family looks at it as an opportunity to help others.
    “He said even though I can’t use it, somebody else could,” said his son David Lewis, who was giving his own donation Monday afternoon at Bowers Elementary.

  • McClure DUI hearing set for next week

    On Jan. 14, Kingston City Councilman Kevin McClure is set for his first hearing on a driving under the influence charge.
    Police said McClure was found unresponsive in his vehicle in the middle of Ladd Wright Road on May 22, 2012.His initial hearing was first set for June 11, 2012, then rescheduled several times.
    Court records said McClure was found in the driver’s seat of his vehicle, which was still running.
    An officer had to break a window to get into the vehicle.

  • Nuclear waste company changing hands

    EnergySolutions Inc. this week announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by a subsidiary of Energy Capital Partners II LLC.
    The transaction is worth $1.1 billion, EnergySolutions said in a press release.
    The company’s Roane County operations include facilities on Bear Creek Road in Oak Ridge and Gallaher Road in Kingston.

  • Newest four named to TVA board

    The United States Senate confirmed Joe H. Ritch of Alabama, Michael McWherter and Vera Lynn Evans of Tennessee and C. Peter Mahurin of Kentucky to serve on the TVA Board of Directors.
    According to U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander’s office, the four nominees passed the Senate by unanimous consent on Jan. 1. 
    “Assuming the president signs all four confirmations, we will have eight members with one seat vacant,” TVA spokesman Scott Brooks said. “A quorum is a simple majority of five, so yes, we will then have a quorum.”

  • The Garden Gate: Human, botanical histories intersect to our benefit

    Plants are living things and they are responsive to their environment or, to whatever care they receive.

    So, they may appear different under different conditions.

    Horticulturists familiar with the writing of the botanists of other times can create an authentic colonial garden or just appreciate the way plants appear in their natural environment.

    Such a person was James Bradford Probert of Harriman, who died on Dec. 6 at his home.

  • General Sessions Court: Oct. 22-29, 2012

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    Oct. 22 — Thomas Lee Spears, driving while license revoked 2nd or subsequent, financial responsibility law, unlicensed unregistered vehicle on highway/occupy unregistered mobile home. Guilty. Fail endorse/del/report certify discharge lien, unlawful removal/alteration of registration, seat belt 18 and older. Dismissed.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Jan. 9

    25 Years Ago
    Floyd Teasley of Harriman had no trouble remembering his daughter’s birthday. His daughter, Kristie, was the first baby born in 1985. He was the New Year’s baby of 1960.

    10 Years Ago
    The Food Lion at Roane Street and Ruritan Road in Harriman announced its closing. Fifteen of 88 locations in the state also closed. Open in 1997, a corporate spokesman said the store was simply “not profitable,” costing more to operate than it brought in.

  • Cagley-Bernstorf

    Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Cagley of Kingston announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Lindsey Meagan Cagley, to Craig Allen Bernstorf.

    He is the son of Mike and Sherry Heidle of Kingston, and the late Dr. Robert Bernstorf.

    The ceremony will be May 18 at Magnolia Manor, Lenoir City. A reception will follow at Magnolia Manor.

    Invitations will be sent, but all relatives and friends of the couple are invited to attend.

  • Mr. & Mrs. Rogers

    Abigail Elise Murrell and Adam James Logan Rogers were married on Aug. 11.

    The garden wedding and backyard reception were held at the home of the bride’s grandparents in Spring City.

    The bride is the daughter of Mike Murrell of Knoxville and Denise and John Cloyd of Harriman. Her grandparents are Gene and Ginny Murrell of Spring City, and the late Calvin and Betty Johnston.

  • Abigail “Abby” Ariks

    Abigail “Abby” Ariks turned 1 year old on Nov. 2.

    She celebrated with a ladybug-themed party with family and friends on Nov. 10.

    She is the daughter of Chris and Jessica Ariks of Kingston.

    Grandparents are Ronnie and Rhonda Nickell of Oakdale, the late Angelia Ariks of Kingston, and Johnny Ariks of Decatur.

    Great-grandparents are Reva Nickell of Kingston, Lonnie Johnson and Sue Johnson, both of Kingston, and the late Nancy Edmonds of Pennington Gap, Va.