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Today's News

  • Put civility back in free speech options for 2014

    By GENE POLICINSKI

    First Amendment Center

    The First Amendment protects our freedom to say and write just about anything we want — but that doesn’t mean we ought to, particularly in public life.

    The difference rests between “can” and “should.”

    Our nation’s founders were no strangers to rude, callous and raucous debate in public life and to vicious commentary, even by today’s “anything goes” online standards.

  • The Garden Gate: Cheating nature for beauty, treats a long-held practice

    Mankind has been trying to outwit nature since the beginning of gardening. The Romans were among the first.

    It has been recorded that Emperor Tiberius was able to have fresh cucumbers on his table in every month of the year.

    There is something fascinating about having summer flowers in the winter and enjoying fruits and vegetables out of season. Since ancient times, forcing plants and building greenhouses has developed into quite a sophisticated art.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Jan. 8

    25 Years Ago
    Harriman’s first baby of 1989 made her arrival at 1:09 p.m. Jan. 7 in Harriman City Hospital. Taniensha Annette Thomas, daughter of Tyrone and Seressa Thomas of Rockwood, weighed 6 pounds, 8 ounces, and was 21 inches long. For making her milestone appearance into the world, Taniensha was awarded at $50 savings bond by the hospital.

  • Well, hello, Dolly!

    Alma Miniard and her daughter, Sally Miniard, are among those greeted by a festive Dolly Parton stand-up at Harriman Care and Rehabilitation Center visitors during the holidays.

    The display served a reminder of the importance of reading to children everyday and an encouragement to enroll small children in Imagination Library.

    The promotion is especially significant to the Miniards: Alma is a Harriman Care and Rehab resident, and Sally was a Dollywood manager for six years.

    Accompanying Sally on her visit was her dog, Azul.

  • Wolfe a VFW Aide-de-Camp

    John Wolfe, left, of Harriman VFW Post 6598 is among East Tennessee veterans recently named aides-de-camp by the Veterans of Foreign Wars of America Headquarters.

    Wolfe is a former District 2 commander.

    Also named were Alcoa VFW Post 10855 veterans Claude Abbott, center, Tennessee state inspector, and Post Commander Jerome Moon.

  • Baby, it’s COLD outside!

    As Roane County rebounded from its frigid 2-degree low on Tuesday, L.K. “Butch” Barding took a moment at Kingston City Park to snap a photo of an overflowing water fountain that remained frozen.

    The National Weather Service in Morristown said the low broke the record for Jan. 7, but not the overall record in Roane County.

    That record is 24 below zero, recorded in 1985.

  • Return FSA county committee ballots by Jan. 17

    USDA Farm Service Agency county committee elections are now underway.

    Elections began on Dec. 20 with the mailing of ballots to eligible voters.

    The deadline to return the ballots to FSA offices is Jan. 17.

    The Roane/Loudon County Farm Service Agency is at 424 N. Kentucky St., Kingston.

    Call 376-2392, Ext. 2, for details.

    Producers have been instructed to destroy the FSA county committee election ballots (FSA-669s) mailed on Nov.

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  • No school Wednesday, Jan. 8, in Roane County

    For the third consecutive day, Roane County Schools are closed Wednesday due to extreme cold weather.

    "We just called it," Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes said at about 5:45 p.m. Tuesday. “We still had three or four roads with icy conditions. There was also a real concern about the wind chill in the morning and students waiting out at the bus stop.”

    Most students are picked up in front of their homes, Aytes said, "but we have some areas where there are bus stops."

  • Loudon holds off Lady Jackets

     

    The Kingston Lady Yellow Jackets did a lot of things well Friday night at Loudon, but shooting the ball wasn’t one of them as Connie Guinn’s squad shot just 28 percent from the floor in dropping a 56-50 decision to the Lady Redskins.

  • Harriman splits with Oakdale

     

    It may not have been the most glamorous game at times, but the Harriman Lady Blue Devils channeled the spirit of John Wayne, showing "true grit" in a 57-52 win over the Oakdale Lady Eagles on a bone-chilling Friday night.