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Today's News

  • Young named Episcopal bishop for ET diocese

    The Rev. George D. Young III of Fernandina Beach, Fla., was elected on Feb. 12 as the fourth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of East Tennessee.  

    St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Harriman is one of more than 50  churches comprising this diocese.

    Young, 55, rector of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Fernandina Beach, was elected on the eighth ballot out of a field of five nominees.

    He received 107 votes of 142 cast in the lay order and 59 of 84 cast in the clergy order.

  • Tri-county partnership could be more fair

    Former Cumberland County Mayor Brock Hill said adding jobs was the main focus when officials were putting together the Plateau Partnership Park.

    “We never really were concerned that much about the property tax revenue,” he said. “If that’s a concern, I hope it can be addressed.”

    Hill spoke about the partnership during a forum on Tuesday at Roane State Community College.

    The partnership is an industrial park venture between Cumberland, Morgan and Roane counties.

  • Mechanic shop in Harriman burns

    A midnight fire destroyed a well known vehicle garage in Harriman Wednesday.

    Nobody was hurt, but Turpin Automotive’s large garage at 285 McKinney Road was left in ruins.

    Midtown Volunteer Fire Chief Randy Scarborough said his department got the call around 12:05 a.m. when a neighbor saw smoke and fire coming from the roof of the garage.

    The smoke was near the exhaust pipe for an oil heater that runs off burning motor oil.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: A few thoughts in anticipation of spring

    Winter is far from gone, but the promise of spring finally is upon us.
    Every year, some of us, somewhere deep inside us, begin to have our doubts that winter will really loosen its grip.
    It takes a warm spell, a few sunny days like we are having this week, to reassure that forlorn part of our soul that the seasons are not stuck in park.
    It takes the Carolina wrens, reddish brown and handsomely speckled, showing up in pairs at the bird feeder and singing with everything they’ve got.

  • New hunting licenses on sale

    The 2011-12 Tennessee hunting and fishing licenses go on sale this Friday, Feb. 18.  

    Licenses are available at Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) regional offices, license agents and on the TWRA website, www.tnwildlife.org.

  • Slow start leads to rare early exit for Lady 'Cats

    For the first time since 2001, the Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats will not be punching a ticket to region tournament play as their season came to a premature end at the hands of the Wartburg Central Lady Bulldogs Tuesday night by a 55-47 margin. 

  • RMS advances to semis

    The Rockwood Tigers are almost certain to be challenged sometime this postseason, but that challenge didn't come Wednesday evening as Bryan Powers' squad blasted Pi Beta Phi 39-17 in the quarterfinal round of the TMSAA East Tennessee AA Sectional Tournament being played at Pigeon Forge.

  • Neal to pull double duty at Heidelberg

    Most high school athletes dream of getting the opportunity to play one sport in college. 

  • OSMS blasts New Center on way to semis, 47-30

    The Oliver Springs Middle School Lady 'Cats played their first game in 18 days Wednesday evening, but Jeanne Armstrong's squad showed no signs of rust as they rolled to a 47-30 victory over New Center in the quarterfinal round of the TMSAA East Tennessee AA Sectional Tournament at Pigeon Forge.

  • God doesn’t make cut at Super Bowl

    By CHARLES C. HAYNES
    In the perennial post-game buzz about Super Bowl ads, the buff body of the new GoDaddy girl (aka Joan Rivers) was a big hit this year. So was the pugnacious pug dog flattening his owner to grab the Doritos. And, of course, who can forget the woman who got smacked in the head with a soft-drink can?