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Today's News

  • Harriman Christmas Tour in 21st year

    Celebrate the holidays in The Town That Temperance Built during the Harriman Christmas Tour this weekend.

    Now in its 21st year, the tour spotlighting Victorian homes and historic buildings will be from noon to 6 p.m. Dec. 10 and from 1 to 6 p.m. Dec. 11.

    Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for ages 6-12; ages 5 and younger are admitted free.

  • Historic Harriman library again part of tour’s route

    The historic Harriman Public Library continues its tradition this weekend as a mainstay on the city’s Christmas Tour.

    The library and a gift shop will be open during tour hours — from noon to 6 p.m. Dec. 10 and from 1 to 6 p.m. Dec. 11.

    The library, one of 2,509 libraries built with funds provided by steel magnate and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, has been in Harriman for more than 100 years as a place of learning and enrichment.

  • Electron microscope inspires RSCC students

    One look with the electron microscope raised a half dozen questions for Roane State Community College student Ethan Brown of Lenoir City.

    Brown’s questions are exactly what RJ Lee Group representatives had in mind when the firm donated a scanning electron microscope to Roane State.

  • Berea honors Harriman native

    Harriman native Clay Rivers and his wife, Linda, are the recipients of Berea College’s 2011 Alumni Loyalty Award.

    The honor is given to alumni who have given outstanding service to and demonstrated loyal interest in the Berea, Ky.-based college.

    Rivers earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Berea College in 1961. Later, he earned his master’s and doctorate degrees in clinical psychology from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.

  • Photographer to share works and testimony Sunday

    Renowned photographer Bill Fortney will present his art and testimony at 6 p.m. Dec. 11 in Morrison Hill Christian Church, Kingston.

    Fortney worked as a professional photographer for many years and now is a self-described “very serious amateur.” He works for Nikon as a professional services tech representative and has worked at space shuttle launches, air races, air shows, The PGA Masters and Championships, NASCAR races, the Kentucky Derby and the Breeder’s Cup.

  • Quartjar heads to Noisy Nights

    The electro-acoustic progressive blues rock band Quartjar will usher in the holidays during the Noisy Nights finale at American Museum of Science and Energy on Dec. 17.

    Admission is free to the program, which is from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Pizza by the slice will be offered for sale, and Oak Ridge Garden Club will decorate the lobby for the event.

    The family friendly evening event features Randall Brown on guitar and vocals, Malcolm Norman on bass and Tory Flanniken on drums and harmonica.

  • Disc golfers donate to Roane parks program

    Members of the Roane County Disc Golf Club flank Roane County Parks and Recreation Director Tony Brown, front at right, who accepts a $320 check from the group from the summer’s Tuesday-night tournaments played at Roane County Park.

    On hand for the presentation are, from left, Victor Poole, Mike Devuono, Kelly Jenkins, Chris Irish, Jack Elliot, Robby Jones, Brown, Fred Wederland, Gary Buell, Dylan Parrish and Darren Settles.

  • Tennessee jail does right by First Amendment

    By DAVID L. HUDSON
    First Amendment Center
    Jail officials in Sumner County did not violate the First Amendment rights of a former inmate when they prohibited him from wearing a kufi, or Islamic head covering, a federal magistrate judge said recently.

    Horatio D. Burford contended that during his time in the Sumner County jail, officials denied him the right to wear the kufi, citing a general ban on head coverings.

  • Fire department pitches in to help jolly old soul

    Santa has his hands full this time of year, so a few more volunteers can be appreciated.

    That’s why Harriman Fire Department personnel have decided to help the community’s youth get their messages out to Santa.

    Knowing the big guy well — he rides on the fire truck in the annual Christmas Parade — they decided to put a mailbox for him at Station 1 in downtown Harriman.

    “Santa Claus does come to the fire hall, and we all are pretty good friends,” Chief Brad Goss said.

  • Rockwood Christmas Tree lighting