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Today's News

  • YOU are a winner if you went to the polls and voted

    Did you vote?
    Kudos if you did.
    Whether your candidates were successful or every one of them was beat, you deserve credit for participating in the Democratic process.
    A democracy will quickly unravel if its citizens give  up their freedoms — and their obligations to participate in the selection of their government.
    Voters are the biggest freedom fighters of all.
     

  • A View from Lick Skillet by Gerald Largen

    Last week we told you of the infamous Citizens United Supreme Court opinion which upheld the theory that spending money is the equivalent of speech, and that corporations have the same rights as real live human beings insofar as the First Amendment is concerned.
    We demonstrated that both concepts are foolish and without foundation in history, language, or law.
    We concluded with the promise to conclude on this topic this week, so there follows part two of our consideration of this matter:

  • Cross-country walker seeks to help vets

    On Sept. 16, John Ulstrom decided to take a walk.
    It would eventually lead him from his home in Desdemona, Texas, to Washington, D.C.
    Ulstrom, 63, passed through Roane County earlier this week while walking on the side of Hwy. 70, sporting his orange safety vest.
    He is walking for the nonprofit organization Our Forgotten Warriors to raise awareness for post-traumatic stress disorder and its impact on American veterans and soldiers reintegrating into society after service.

  • Tamke-Allan Observatory hosts public event Saturday

    Tamke-Allan Observatory invites people interested in astronomy to visit the observatory at 7 p.m.  on Saturday Nov. 6 for an evening of celestial observing.
    Astronomy students will be grilling and selling food/drinks to buy components for our planned mobile solar observatory, a well-equipped trailer that can be pulled to schools and stargazes to support observing and lectures.
    Optical and radio telescopes and mobile lecture facilities will be included.

  • St. Andrew's to mark All Saints' Day

    All Saints’ Day will be celebrated beginning at 10 a.m. Nov. 7 in St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Harriman.

    The Rev. Joseph Pinner will be in charge.

    “All Saints’ Day is kind of like a Christian Memorial Day or Presidents’ Day,” Pinner said. “It is a day to celebrate both the lives of the great heroes of the Christian faith as well as to honor all those who have died and gone before us into the presence of the Lord.”

  • Unofficial precinct-by-precinct Election Day results for Roane County candidates
  • Clayton's Lesson prayer, balloon release Nov. 7

    Those who have suffered from the negative effects of drug abuse — as well as those who have given thanks that the negative effects of drug abuse haven’t entered into their life — are welcome to join family and friends of Clayton Smith and Roane County Anti-Drug Coalition for a special prayer and balloon release.

    The event will begin at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 7 at Smith’s gravesite at Oak Ridge Memorial Park. The gravesite is at the bottom left side of the evergreen cross that can be seen from Bethel Valley Road in Oak Ridge.

  • Anderson distinguished Birmingham alum

    Harriman native Dan Anderson was recently bestowed with Birmingham-Southern College’s 2010 Distinguished Alumni Award.

    Anderson, a 1979 graduate, is the son of Curtis Anderson and Barbara Johnson.

    He is owner and chief operating officer of Diversified Supply Inc.

    Since purchasing Diversified in 1989, Anderson has helped the company become an international electrical supplier with 15 locations.

    He received the Minority Business Development Entrepreneur Award from International Paper in 1997.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: I realized something on the long drive home

    Last weekend, I traveled to Bowling Green, Ky., to receive the Herald Award for Outstanding Contributions in Journalism.

    For me, it was a big day.

    I had not been back to the campus of Western Kentucky University, which now simply goes by WKU, in decades.

    My head and heart were aswirl with memories and emotions. I was remembering the people I had known there; my mistakes and my successes.

  • Hurley wins in Republican sweep

    By DAMON LAWRENCE
    and KATIE HOGIN

    The Republican wave that roared through the country Tuesday drowned Dennis Ferguson’s 18-year career in the Tennessee General Assembly.

    The incumbent Democrat from Midtown lost to Lenoir City Republican Julia Hurley in the race for the 32nd District seat in the State House of Representatives.

    “It’s just a tide that I couldn’t stop,” Ferguson told supporters during his concession speech.