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Today's News

  • Moore new director of science museum

    David Moore has been named director of the American Museum of Science and Energy.

    The museum, owned by the U.S. Department of Energy, showcases the history of the Manhattan Project and the current scientific, energy and national security missions carried out by DOE facilities in Oak Ridge.

    Moore will be responsible for day-to-day operations of the museum at 300 S. Tulane Ave. in Oak Ridge, including exhibits, programs and community outreach.

  • The Garden Gate: Supply of cukes will never leave you in a pickle

    Isabella Beeton wrote an enormous, 2,000-page book in the early 19th century.

    In “The Book of Household Management,” she devoted chapters to every phase of housekeeping — from duties of the various household servants and methods of cleaning, laundering and ironing to family legal matters such as leases, mortgages and wills to medical methods and nursing and the care of infants and children to the proper construction of houses and outbuildings, and methods of farming and care of animals.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of July 2

    25 Years Ago
    In light of the closing of the Kayser-Roth hosiery plant and the loss of more than 1,000 jobs, Harriman City Council cut its tax rate from $2.67 to $1.50 per $100 valuation. The cut in the tax rate meant that Harriman City Schools received no funding from property taxes; instead, the school system was asked to rely on surplus funds, which were said to be in excess of $800,000. “We’re buying a year to make the hard decisions to plan for the future,” Harriman City Council member Jess Rittenhouse explained.

  • New pest may plague fruit producers

    Experts with the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture are sounding the alarm on a tiny new pest that can cause significant damage to many fruit crops.

    The spotted wing drosophila is a vinegar fly (sometimes inaccurately called a fruit fly) from Asia. It was first detected in California in 2008. In 2011, the fly had reached blueberries in East Tennessee. By 2013 SWD damage had spread to 23 Tennessee counties, from Greene County in the east to Gibson County in the west.

  • No spray; just prayer

    Tom Clipner of Midway recently grew a 1-foot-long white radish in his garden on Loudon Hwy.

    Pastor of Maranatha Ministries of Midway, he said he used a lot of prayer to grow the bountiful harvest.

    "No spray or anything special — just prayer," he said, adding that God has blessed his garden.

  • Arrests: June 21-25, 2014

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.

    June 21 — Lulu Anne McKinney, 43, 517 N. Wilder Ave., Rockwood: three counts manufacture/deliver/sell controlled substance. Total bond $3,000; court date June 23.

    Rosie Mae Turnbill, 69, 111 Bournemouth Drive, Rockwood: DUI. Bond $1,000; court date Aug. 18.

    Michael Allen Whalen, 26, 1150 Orkney Road, Oak Ridge: violation of probation. No bond or court date listed.

  • General Sessions Court: Feb. 21, 2014

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.

    Feb. 21 — Esther M. Allen, registration expired: dismissed.

    • Joshua L. Hester, light law-motor vehicle: guilty; traffic ticket paid in full.

    • Marsha B. Gilreath, registration expired, registration certificate must be carried: dismissed.

  • GUEST OPINION: Turns out we don’t know what our freedoms are

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center

    C’mon people — it’s just 45 words!

    We’ll even give you the Twitter version: Freedom of Religion, Speech, Press, Assembly and Petition.

    There, a whole lesson in what it means to be a citizen of the United States — and the answers to some the questions on the actual test that you have to pass to become a citizen.

    Perhaps that’s why 29 percent of respondents to the 2014 recently released State of the First Amendment survey couldn’t name one — they don’t have to.

  • AAA Blue Devils come up just short of state

     

    The 2014 season ended Monday evening for the Harriman AAA All-Stars as the Blue Devils dropped an 11-2 decision against Tellico Plains in the Dixie Youth District 8 AAA Tournament in Spring City.

    Tellico Plains proved especially tough for Harriman in the tourney. The Bears knocked off Harriman in the Friday’s open round as well, 10-0.

  • Roane gears up for Dixie Youth state tourneys

     

    The Mike “Brillo” Miller Rockwood Sports Complex will be a busy place starting Thursday at 9 a.m. and lasting until Sunday evening as a total of 32 Dixie Youth baseball teams will be battling it out to see who is the 2014 state champion in the A and AA divisions.