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Today's News

  • Military Matters: Michael J. Vann

    U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Michael J. Vann has deployed overseas to a forward operating base to serve in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

    Operation Enduring Freedom is the official name given to anti-terrorism military operations involving U.S. troops and allied coalition partners.

    Vann is a vehicle maintenance technician assigned to the 134th Air Refueling Wing at Knoxville.

    The sergeant has served in the military for 15 years.

  • Military Matters: Makayla R. Cordell

    Air National Guard Airman Makayla R. Cordell graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio.

    Daughter of Thomas and Patricia Cordell of Harriman, she is a 2012 graduate of Roane County High School.

    Cordell completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

    She earned four credits toward an associate’s degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

  • Talley to speak at NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet

    Harriman native Damon L. Talley will be the guest speaker for the annual Freedom Fund Banquet of the Roane County Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

    The banquet will be  will begin at 6 p.m. Jan. 19 in Jamieson Community Development Center on Margrave Street, Harriman.

    Tickets are available by calling 882-5545.

    Talley, a graduate of Harriman High School and Roane State Community College, earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Mercer Southern School of Pharmacy in Atlanta.

  • 5 generations of Morrows celebrate Christmas

    Five generations of Lloyd B. Morrow’s family recently celebrated a 2012 Christmas lunch.

    Morrow, 98, celebrated with daughter Janet Hendrix, granddaughter Michele Johnson, great-granddaughter Ashlea Cox and great-great-grandchildren Jonathan and Alexis Cox.

  • Roane Walks to start

    Roane Walks, an eight-week fitness program aimed at sparking friendly competition in the community, will kick off Feb. 1.

    Two- to eight-member teams of walkers are forming for the kickoff event at noon at the pavilion of Kingston City Park.

    Teams will compete to see who can log the most miles walking, jogging or biking.

    “Teams will keep track of their miles, which will be posted in various locations throughout the county,” said Justin Thomas, Roane County Family and Consumer Sciences Extension agent.

  • Arrests: Jan. 4-7, 2013

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    Jan. 4 —  Laquan Bernard Barber, 28, 103 Gates Drive, Oak Ridge: domestic assault. Bond $1,250; court date March 18.

    • Ernest Paul Bright, 30, 720 Elm Ave., Rockwood: two counts violation of probation, two counts possession without prescription. Total bond $8,000; court date Feb. 4.

    • Jennifer Nicole Clemons, 22, 116 Martin Road, Harriman: Knox County hold.

  • General Sessions Court: Oct. 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. 29 — Stephanie E. Fritts, probation violation. Guilty.

    • Amanda F. Boles, probation violation. Guilty.

    • Ricky F. Andrews, driving while license suspended, two counts failure to appear misdemeanor. Guilty.

    • Tanya L. Fredrick, probation violation. Guilty.

  • GUEST OPINION: Recognizing a civil rights landmark

    By DAVID L. HUDSON Jr.
    First Amendment Center
    Fifty years ago — on Jan. 14, 1963 — the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated a Virginia law that was being used to quash the work of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

    The court ruled in NAACP v. Button that the First Amendment protected the group’s efforts to solicit plaintiffs to challenge segregation policies.

    The state of Virginia had passed a law expanding the definition of the improper solicitation of legal or professional business.

  • Former congressman laments divisions

    Ordinarily, the start of a new Congress is a time for optimism.

    Fresh faces and a purposeful spirit combine to get Congress off to a hope-filled start.

    Yet Capitol Hill right now is far from optimistic. That’s because last year’s session, with its distressing end by the edge of the fiscal cliff, left the new Congress confronting head on all the challenges that should have been resolved but weren’t: getting spending and the deficit under control, spurring economic growth, and reforming the tax code.

  • Kingston may extend new greenways

    Kingston City Council learned that the State of Tennessee doesn’t give refunds; but that the city can make up for any lost revenue with $280,000 in spare pocket change.

    At the Jan. 8 session, council voted on the long-delayed fate of Greenway D, the unfunded portion of the Ladd Landing Greenway, even as the rest of the project nears completion.

    The last of the project’s four greenways, D was cut out of the construction when the initial funding proved to be too little to cover the entire project cost.