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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Democrats consider how to proceed after drubbing

    Now is not just a time for Democrats on the national level to do some soul searching.

    Local Democrats face the same task.

    On Election Day, they saw their representation in Congress and the Tennessee General Assembly become all Republican.

    “It’s just very conservative times,” said Brad Parish, the Democrat executive committeeman for the 12th District.

    The country’s discontent with Democrats showed at the polls.

  • TWRA announces new licenses

    As approved earlier at a meeting of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission, the addition of five licenses and an amendment to a trout fishing license specific to the city of Gatlinburg are now in effect.

  • Playoffs set to begin

    The second football season starts Friday night as Harriman, Kingston, Oliver Springs and Rockwood open play in the TSSAA playoffs.

    Harriman enters the second season as a No. 6 seed in Quad 1 of the TSSAA Class A playoffs and the Blue Devils will play at No. 3 Copper Basin.

  • Greif gearing up for one more game

    Everything changes, but sometimes people wish they didn’t have to.

    That’s the case in Rockwood as after 57 years behind the microphone, Tiger public address announcer Maurice Greif is retiring.

  • Charter jet among Rockwood Fly-in attractions
  • DOE to test warning sirens on Wednesday

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s public warning siren system will be tested Nov. 3 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.