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Today's News

  • University of the Cumberlands dean's list: fall 2014

    Kellie Ball of Harriman is among the students named to the University of the Cumberlands dean’s list for fall semester.

    To be eligible, students must have achieved a grade of “A” in convocation while maintaining a minimum cumulative scholastic standing of 3.50.

    University of the Cumberlands is in Williamsburg, Ky.

  • Henry leading initiative for Appalachian children

    Tennessee Department of Children’s Services Commissioner Jim Henry will chair a multi-state initiative designed to find solutions to help children and families throughout the Southern Appalachians.

    The Appalachian Child Welfare Leaders’ Roundtable, which is supported by Casey Family Programs, includes cabinet officials from Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia.

  • Free family concert Sunday

    The Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra will present “Peter and the Wolf” and Vivaldi’s “Spring” in a free family concert at 3 p.m. Jan. 25 in the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge.

    Children are welcome to go early for paper-puppet making and instrument making beginning at 2 p.m. in the museum at 461 W. Outer Drive.

    The museum is offering free admission from 1 to 5 p.m. Jan. 25 to support the concert.

    The concert is funded through the Tennessee Arts Commission and National Endowment for the Arts.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET:

    Before we begin today’s contribution, we must do a bit of “housekeeping.” Regular readers were no doubt astonished when reading last week’s column to have come to the final paragraph and discovered that it had nothing whatsoever to do with the preceding topic, i. e. the Denny family and their building.

  • Protecting your right to know

    By FRANK GIBSON
    TPA Public Policy Director
    When governments create or authorize state and local agencies to create new programs, they typically require some measure of public disclosure as a form of public oversight and to make agencies accountable.

    As far back as 1789, during the first American Congress, that accountability has come in the form of public notices in independently published newspapers. Actions of the Congress were ordered to be published in three separate newspapers to ensure wide circulation.

  • GUEST OPINION: Religious, LGBT advocates must erase some lines

    By CHARLES C. HAYNES
    First Amendment Center
    The New Year begins much like the old year ended with bitter, emotional clashes between proponents of LGBT rights and religious objectors to same-sex marriage.

    When same-sex weddings commenced in Florida on Jan. 6, several county clerks immediately announced that although required by law to issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples, they will no longer perform marriages for anyone — to avoid participating in same-sex ceremonies.

  • THP sobriety, safety checkpoints slated

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol is planning to conduct sobriety, driver’s license and seat belt roadside safety checkpoints on Roane County roads in February.

    A driver’s license safety checkpoint is planned during the week of Feb. 1 on Pansy Hill Road at Swan Pond Road, Harriman.

    Another checkpoint will be during the week of Feb. 15 on Fiske Heights Road near the railroad tracks in Harriman

  • Still time to sign up for health insurance

    There’s still time for Tennesseans without health insurance to sign up on the Health Insurance Marketplace and avoid the penalty.

    Under the Affordable Care Act, 2015 is the first year Americans must prove they had qualifying health insurance or an approved exemption for the previous year (when filing 2014 taxes), or face a tax penalty.

  • Yager elected to serve on ETDD board

    State Senator Ken Yager was recently named to the East Tennessee Development District Association’s board of directors.

    Yager, a Kingston Republican, was elected by other legislators in the East Tennessee region to serve on the board.

    “I am very pleased to be elected to the East Tennessee Development District Board,” said Yager.

    “I appreciate the confidence that my colleagues have in me and look forward to serving the people of this district.”

  • Harriman officer among academy graduates

    Sarah Moore of Harriman Police Department was among the 22 recruits who recently graduated from Blount County Sheriff’s Office’s 11th Basic Law Enforcement Academy.

    Moore and her fellow graduates represented nine different law enforcement agencies from East Tennessee and beyond.

    During the 11-week course, Moore and the 21 other graduates underwent 443 hours of intense law enforcement training.