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Today's News

  • It’s official: Harriman water, sewer rates up

    Harriman Utility Board water and sewer customers should get ready to pay more.

    Effective July 1, rates are up 3 percent for water customers and 7 percent for those receiving sewer services.

    “The sewer increase is to continue to work on pump stations and collection lines per the [Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation] order,” said Bill Young, who took over as manager of the Harriman utilities on July 1.

    Harriman is under a sewer moratorium until it meets upgrade improvements on its aging system.

  • The Garden Gate: Recycle seeds, pits for a potential treat

    By Ellen Probert Williamson
    Have you ever tried garbage gardening? All kinds of nice little plants can be started from kitchen discards. Call it a form of recycling.

    Citrus seeds are easy to grow. Grapefruit or lemon seeds sprout fairly quickly and grow into small plants with glossy leaves and then into little trees.

    It takes at least five years for them to produce any fruit.

  • Guest opinion: New York protects gay equality and religious freedom

    By Charles C. Haynes, First Amendment Center
    Winners and losers in the battle over gay marriage in New York can agree on at least one thing: Without robust protections for religious groups, the law legalizing same-sex marriages would not have passed.

    Eleventh-hour negotiations between Republican senators and supporters of the bill led to the insertion of strong language ensuring that churches and other religious organizations could not be sued or penalized for refusing to accommodate gay marriages.

  • Impressions: Support of reading makes sense

    Folks know we are reading enthusiasts here at the newspaper. Obviously, that makes sense in our line of business.

    As print and on-line information providers, it’s, well, kind of important that our current and future customers are have effective reading skills.

    Hence, over the years we have been ardent advocates of education and literacy initiatives.

  • Mr. & Mrs. Tinker

    Margaret McGhee and Adam Tinker were married on April 11 in Clinton.

    Joanne Anderson officiated during the afternoon ceremony.

    The bride is the daughter of David and Sherry McGhee.

    The groom is the son of David and Linda Tinker.

  • From a galaxy far, far away ...

    Members of the 501st Legion MidSouth Garrison portray “Star Wars” villain Darth Vader and his storm troopers for the delight of customers at Kingston Public Library’s used book sale last month.

    The group of “Stars Wars” faithful turns out for charity events to help draw crowds.

    Customers of all ages were enchanted by the noises and beeps emitted by R2D2, the popular "Star Wars" robot.

  • From a galaxy far, far away ...

    Members of the 501st Legion MidSouth Garrison portray “Star Wars” villain Darth Vader and his storm troopers for the delight of customers at Kingston Public Library’s used book sale last month.

    Youngsters — and oldsters — were enchantec by the noises and beeps emitted by R2D2, one of the "Star Wars" robots who put in an appearance.

    The group of “Stars Wars” faithful turns out for charity events to help draw crowds.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of July 6

    25 Years Ago
    Four Harriman women treated Betty Dunn, wife of former governor and gubernatorial hopeful, Winfield Dunn, to a “morning call” during Dunn’s visit to Roane County. Margo Ahler, Gina Alexander, Lynn Cunningham and Nancy Newcomb initiated the call as a resurrection of a social institution that flourished during the Civil War period. Its purpose is to honor out-of-town dignitaries and house guests.

    10 Years Ago

  • General Sessions Court

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.

    April 4 cases disposed

    Jeffrey W. Humphrey, violation of probation and possession of drug paraphrenalia. Guilty as charged. Possession of scheduled drugs, capias for failure to appear court date and criminal impersonation. Dismissed, cost to state.

  • DOE to test sirens today

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s public warning siren system will be tested today, July 6, in areas surrounding the department’s Oak Ridge Reservation.

    The sirens will be tested between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. People in these areas during the test will hear a siren for 3-5 minutes.

    The sirens are near DOE’s East Tennessee Technology Park, Y-12 National Security Complex and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.