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Today's News

  • Midway rolls past Unaka in playoff opener, 40-7

    The Midway Green Wave hosted their first playoff game since 2007 and the wait was worth it as Joe Campbell’s squad rolled past Unaka, 40-7.

    The Green Wave started this season red hot scoring no less than 28 points through the first five games. They had a little lull scoring wise in the next four games but seem to have picked up the pace a little in the last two games, scoring 38 at Greenback last week and 40 Friday night against the Rangers.

  • Harriman falls at Moore County, 20-7

    The 2013 season ended on a sad note for the Harriman Blue Devils Friday night as Travis Tapp’s squad dropped a 20-7 decision at Moore County in the opening round of the TSSAA Class 1A playoffs.

    Harriman faced an uphill battle Friday, but stayed within striking distance until late in the contest. The Blue Devils were without about half of their starting lineup due to injuries, plus they had to deal with a long bus ride to Lynchburg to take on the Blue Raiders.

  • Pinnacle Pointe case ends with a whimper

    Litigation that has pitted Harriman city officials with the developers of Pinnacle Pointe shopping center ended in somewhat of a whimper.
    The parties met in mediation for hours Tuesday before coming up with a settlement significantly less than both parties said they could be owed.
    “We were up there from 9 to 6 kicking everything around,” said Councilman J.D. Sampson. “We made an offer. They came back and counter-offered. We ended up getting not what we wanted, but they didn’t get what they wanted. We kind of met in the middle.”

  • VEC launches new website for customers

    VEC customers are finding that www.vec.org is the most convenient way to pay their bill, update account information, ask a question, or access a wealth of information about VEC’s products and services.
    Now VEC’s customers are finding it convenient to take care of their business while waiting to pick up their children from school, while they sit in a doctor’s waiting room, or anywhere and anytime they find themselves with a few minutes to spare.
    Mobile internet devices are making that possible.

  • Attorney Leon Houston wins

    For months, U.S. Magistrate C. Clifford Shirley Jr. implored Leon Houston to get an attorney in his firearms case.
    Turns out he didn’t need one.
    Representing himself, Houston was acquitted in U.S. District Court in Knoxville on Wednesday.
    “Praise God!” he shouted when U.S. District Judge Danny Reeves read the jury verdict.
    Reeves sent the jury of eight women and four men back to deliberate at 3:33 p.m. The court clerk notified the parties that the jury had reached a verdict about an hour later.

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Snake-a-phobes, you’d better skip this one

    It’s official, folks. My life has grown too interesting.
    This week, I was bitten by a snake.
    Before breakfast.
    In my own basement.
    From overhead.
    It started, as so many things in life do, with the need to find something clean to wear. That prompted a trip downstairs to see what might be in the dryer.
    While I was bent over sorting through the clean-clothes offerings, I heard a light clunk overhead behind me.
    I figured a mouse had gotten in, and turned and looked over my shoulder.

  • Operation Christmas Child shoebox collections set

    With holiday supplies already covering the store shelves, Roane County individuals, families, churches and groups are working to make Christmas a reality for needy children around the world by filling shoeboxes with toys, school supplies, hygiene items and notes of encouragement.

    Operation Christmas Child, one of the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind, is ramping up as Roane County residents prepare to collect gift-filled shoeboxes during National Collection Week, Nov. 18-25.

  • Kingston photographer’s work part of Arts in the Airport

    Trissa Gurney of Kingston is among the 40 regional artists whose works are part of Arts in the Airport at McGhee Tyson Airport.

    Gurney’s entry is “A Cat and His Man.”

    Arts in the Airport is a cooperation between Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority and the Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville.

    The project was developed to allow regional artists to compete and display work in one of the most-visited sites in the area.  

  • K-25 preservation to be program topic

    The Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association’s next membership and public meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Nov. 14 in Midtown Community Center at 102 Robertsville Road, Oak Ridge.

    Karen Doughty, U.S. Department of Energy Environmental Management, will present a status update of the K-25 historic preservation initiative.

    Doughty is responsible for the project management oversight and will review the status of the project. The request for proposals have been received and are being evaluated. There were nine pre-qualified bidders.

  • Get ready for Battle of Orange, Blue

    It’s time once again to prove the volunteer spirit is alive and well in East Tennessee.

    Medic Regional Blood Center’ 26th annual Battle of the Orange and Blue, a blood drive competition between Tennessee and Kentucky, kicks off Nov. 18.

    This friendly competition pits Vol fans against fans of the Kentucky Wildcats to see which group can bring in the most blood donations over a one-week period.