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Today's News

  • The Garden Gate: What’s in a name? A lot, when it comes to gardening

    Editor’s note: As Ellen Probert Williams continues her respite, we share one of her classic columns, first published on Oct. 3, 2012.

    Many of the rollicking medieval names for plants have been lost in favor of more prosaic titles, but think how exuberant a garden would be planted with such things as Bouncing Bet, Sweet Sultan, Bobbing Joan, Lustie Gallant, Gardener’s Garters or Glare of the Garden.

  • Y-12 emergency management exercise Oct. 15

    Emergency management personnel from Y-12 National Security Complex, along with state, federal and area emergency management personnel, will conduct an exercise Oct. 15 at Y-12’s New Hope Center.

    Because of the activities associated with the exercise, New Hope Center on Scarboro Road will be closed to the public from 8 a.m. to noon.

    East Portal Road from Scarboro Road, up to and including Portal 13, will also be closed from 8 a.m. to noon.

    The exercise should be completed by late morning or early afternoon.

  • Madison Kaye Ariks

    Madison Kaye Ariks was born at 9:41 a.m. July 12 in Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center, Knoxville.

    She weighed 6 pounds, 12 ounces, and was 19 1/2 inches long.

    She is the daughter of Chris and Jessica Ariks of Kingston.

    Grandparents are Ronnie and Rhonda Nickell of Oakdale, and the late Angelia Ariks of Kingston.

    Great-grandparents are the late Nancy Edmonds of Pennington Gap, Va., the late Jimmy Nickell and Reva Nickell of Kingston, and the late Ruby Johnson and Lonnie and Sue Johnson of Kingston.

  • Fall Happenings

    Festivals
    • Rockwood First Presbyterian Church will have its annual Halloween cookout and hayride from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 29. Food, family-oriented fun and games and Christian fellowship are planned. The church is at 429 W. Rockwood St.

  • Oliver Springs: Don’t close our school

    No decisions have been made to close any Roane County schools, according to officials.

    That didn’t stop a large group of Oliver Springs High School supporters from showing up at Monday’s Roane County Commission meeting.

    “As you can tell, we’ve come out in force,” Oliver Springs resident Glen Haney said. The show of support was because of rumors that Oliver Springs High School may be closed.

  • Amendment language not clear to voters

    Amendment 1 opponents are complaining about the language voters will see on the ballot when they head to the polls today — Wednesday — for the start of early voting.

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  • Hopes high for grants for Rockwood’s Fuller Park

    Rockwood officials have big goals for Tom Fuller Park. They kicked off renewed attempts to make them a reality at a public hearing Monday.

    The first public hearing was to explore applying for a transportation enhancement grant for a possible trailhead, with walking trails (or sidewalks) to where they stop past Ridge View Elementary School.

    Those plans include construction of a possible pavilion with restrooms and other amenities.

  • CLARIFICATION

    The Kingston candidates story in the Monday, Oct. 13 edition says Troy Beets “admitted the original plan put forth by former Roane Alliance President Leslie Henderson was for the county to get the full $1 million.”

    Beets says: “I did not agree with the statement that Leslie Henderson had proposed a million dollars. What I agreed with was that the county had agreed ― had wanted — to spend the whole million dollars for the county.”

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