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Today's News

  • Atomic Blast to benefit Free Medical Clinic

    Tickets are now on sale for the Atomic Blast, Oak Ridge’s one-of-a-kind fundraiser for the Free Medical Clinic of Oak Ridge.

    The fundraiser will be on Aug. 16 in the Parish Life Center of St. Mary’s Church at 327 Vermont Ave., Oak Ridge.

    The evening will include dinner, dancing to live entertainment, live and silent auctions, and a “celebrity dance contest.”

    Included with wine and beer for purchase will be the new “Atomic Blast Signature Drink.”

  • THP license, seat belt checkpoints slated

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol is planning to conduct driver’s license and safety belt roadside checkpoints the week of June 29 in Roane County.

    A driver license roadside safety checkpoint will be on Hwy. 70 at Caney Creek Road.

    The safety belt roadside checkpoint will be on Interstate 40 westbound at the 340-mile-marker offramp.

    During the driver license checkpoint, troopers will concentrate their efforts on vehicles operated by drivers who violate the driver license laws of Tennessee.

  • The Garden Gate: Stock up, chow down on celery for the health of it

    We think of celery as an ingredient in soups, salads and snacks.

    Amazingly, it is mentioned repeatedly in the Bible as a remedy for some serious health problems. It has held an important place in medical use since about 500 B.C., when it was part of the pharmacopeia of ancient Egypt.

    Celery is mentioned a number of times in the Talmud, the 39 books of Biblical commentary dating from the 1st century, as a remedy for infections and tumors, as well as a cure for gout.

  • Tuesday is Dessert Bridge Day

    A number of area women have met for several years for Dessert Bridge Day each Tuesday afternoon.

    The members of this group include, from left, Sue Nunley, Peggy Cook, Louise Shipwash, Sydney Woodfin, Carol Poston, Anne Barre, Luci Bell and Anne Horner.

    Poston, standing, was hostess for a recent event, and she served a pineapple cream cheese pie with a crumbled pretzel crust.

  • OUR OPINION: Kingston battle one needing introspection

    It’s hard to blame the residents of the Davis and Dogwood drive neighborhoods in Kingston for feeling sucker-punched.

    Dogwood Drive residents have enjoyed an almost-forgotten paradise of tree-lined streets, woods and — for some of them — waterfront.

    It’s a mature neighborhood populated with current and retired Oak Ridge Reservation scientists and workers.

  • Renaissance fair aims for 2015 opening

    Clashing swords and the clink of armor are familiar sounds for Lars and Barrie Paulson.

    From 1984 to 1993, Lars Paulson went to school at the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Fla. He has been a designer and manager for festivals including, Ringling Museum Medieval Fairs, Kansas City Renaissance Festivals and Minnesota Renaissance Festivals.

    “His whole life has been in creative arts,” said wife and business partner Barrie Paulson, who once toured as a performer for the festivals.

  • Dixie Youth tourney under way in Harriman

     

    After a weekend of rain outs, the Dixie Youth District 8 A Tournament began Monday in Harriman and the news was good for the two Roane County teams involved as Harriman and Kingston picked up opening round victories.

    Kingston opened the evening with a 14-5 victory over Oak Ridge and that was followed by Harriman downing Lake City, 16-1.

  • Season ends for AA Blue Devils

     

    An unlucky draw proved disastrous for the Harriman AA All-Stars in the Dixie Youth District 8 AA Tournament in Caryville.

  • Fishing Report

     

    Chickamauga: The water surface temperature is in the low 80s. Largemouth Bass are being caught in shallow water. Slightly deeper areas in pockets or along banks are places that are also being targeted. Crankbaits, jigs, plastic worms, and swim baits are the most used baits. Smallmouth are being caught mostly by those targeting other species.

  • Operation Dry Water starts Friday

     

    The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will be participating in Operation Dry Water, June 27-29. Operation Dry Water is a national weekend of Boating Under the Influence (BUI) education and enforcement directed toward reducing alcohol and drug-related accidents and fatalities.