Today's News

  • The mystery of mistletoe

    Scandanavians associated mistletoe with Frigga, their goddess of love, and it may be from this that we derive the custom of kissing under the mistletoe.

    Those who kissed under the mistletoe had the promise of happiness and good luck in the following year.

    • The practice of kissing under the mistletoe was described in 1820 by American author Washington Irving in his “The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon”:

  • Bishop to speak at Swan Pond church

    United Methodist Church Holston Conference Bishop James Swanson will be the guest speaker on Dec. 4 at Swan Pond United Methodist Church, Harriman.

    The worship service will begin at 10 a.m.

    “Swan Pond Methodist Church is excited about Bishop Swanson’s visit as the church continues its 185th  anniversary celebration this year,” church member Mike Hill said.

  • Oliver Springs Elementary perfect attendance: First nine weeks 2011-12

    Dakota Adkins

    Matthew Armstrong

    Audrey Beach

    Brady Beach

    Nicholas Bishop

    Dylan Blanchard

    Kelsey Blank

    Kaylee Bolden

    Mirabelle Booth

    Taylor Boswell

    Tiffany Boswell

    Trey Boswell

    Keriana Branum

    Aspen Brown

    Cheyenne Brown

    Javen Butler

    Gavin Carter

    Kelby Castleberry

    Eli Charles

  • Oliver Springs Elementary Terrific Kids: October 2011

    Jade Albert

    Alicia Ambrose

    Jenna Baker

    Nicholas Bishop

    Kadin Bolden

    Tiffany Boswell

    Kristina Botts

    Keri Brown

    Lindsey Brown

    Mason Brown

    Eli Charles

    Timothy Collins

    Jake Cooper

    Alexis Cornell

    Jacob Dameron

    Brooke Davis

    Danielle Denham

    Brady Duncan

    Madison  Fritts

  • STEM initiative lauches website

    The Rural Communities STEM Initiative recently launched its website — www.ruralstem.org — making it easier for Roane County students, teachers and community members to find pertinent science, technology, engineering and math education resources linked together in one location.

    RSCI is an Oak Ridge business-education partnership working with middle school teachers in nine East Tennessee school systems to improve students’ STEM skills, based on the new statewide math and science curriculum.

  • Foggy start to schools' 5k race

    More than 160 runners and walkers turned out on a foggy fall morning for the third annual Run for Your Health 5k race and walk, a project of Roane County Schools Coordinated School Health Program.

    Proceeds from the race are used to supplement health and wellness initiatives for students in the Roane County school system.

    “Efforts that create opportunities to promote healthy lifestyles are an integral part of the educational process and enhance academic success,” said Patti Wells, school health coordinator for the school system.

  • The Garden Gate: Colonists’ spirits rest with us in this season of thanks

    By Ellen Probert Williamson
    As we come to the end of November, we are face to face with some important celebrations: Thanksgiving, the day of St. Andrew, the national emblem of Scotland, and the beginning of Advent in the Christian faith that leads up to Christmas.

    It is common knowledge that Thanksgiving began in New England as the Pilgrims’ celebration of gratitude for being alive and prospering after their first year of deprivation in the New World.

  • Henry to remain an advocate

    If this had been a ballgame, Jim Henry was definitely on the home court.

    The Kingston native and state’s first Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities commissioner made introducing himself and his new staff a festive event at Michael Dunn Center.

    Scott Moddell, deputy commissioner of the office of policy and innovation, introduced Henry in a booming announcer voice that drew lots of laughs at the meet-and-greet event Tuesday.

  • Meet the Cookie Lady

    The heady aroma of cookies, brownies, breads and more fills the warm and cozy kitchen of Tracie Ireland’s home at 515 Clinton St. in Harriman.

    Each fall she bakes and freezes the tasty morsels for the Cornstalk Heights Historic Harriman Christmas Tour through grand homes in the neighborhood.

    “It really is a labor of love,” said Ireland. “I truly enjoy doing it.”

    She also admitted a lot of effort goes into the effort.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Joe goes – to shores of mighty Mississippi

    My friend Joe was on the road for Thanksgiving.

    His mother died this spring, and his father died some years back, so he wasn’t spending the holiday with family.

    Instead, he headed to Memphis. Next month, he will be starting a new life as a fundraiser for a downtown hospital that sorely needs his skills.

    I have mixed feelings about this.