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Today's News

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: A report from McGlothin-Largen Park

    NOTE: In a note to last week’s column, we reviewed the list of candidates in the upcoming election and pointed out that at least five of the candidates are cousins of the late senator Howard Henry Baker, Jr., namely Criminal Court Judge E. Eugene Eblen; County Executive candidate Mike Farmer; County Commissioner Bobby Collier; County Commissioner Carolyn Collier Granger; and County Trustee Wilma Eblen. We then stated that “there may be one other,” but we are sure of these five.

  • Kingston Football Camp
  • TWFC to hold special meeting

     

    A special called meeting of the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission (TFWC) will be held via conference call on Friday, Aug. 1 at 11 a.m. (CDT). 

    The only item on the agenda is in regard to Proclamation 14-10 (early migratory bird hunting seasons).

  • Four from Roane named TSWA All-State

     

    Four Roane County softball players have been named to the Tennessee Sports Writers Association (TSWA) Class A All-State Team.

    The quartet includes Midway’s Kallie Sohm and three players from Oliver Springs, Courtney Jones along with the sister duo of Emily and Rachel Griffith. 

  • GUEST OPINION: Disgusting, yes, but ‘cannibal’s’ thoughts are free

    By CLAY CALVERT

    First Amendment Center

    Cyberspace, perhaps due to the false sense of anonymity it provides, is awash in verbal vomit, offensive diatribes and morbid musings.

    But that doesn’t necessarily mean that the sordid speech in question always falls outside the confines of the First Amendment safeguard of free expression. That was made abundantly clear recently.

  • The Garden Gate: It yam what it yam, but it's no sweet potato

    There has long been great controversy about whether yams and sweet potatoes are the same — or whether they are two different things.

    The argument consists of two different opinions, equally adamant.

    Some research into the matter is most clearly indicated.

    Webster’s Dictionary is a good place to start. It says that sweet potatoes are large, sweet, thick tuberous roots of a tropical vine related to the morning glory, with variously shaped leaves and purple flowers.

  • OR to dismantle bldg. with Friendship Bell

    Beginning the week of July 28, the city of Oak Ridge will begin dismantling the International Friendship Bell House in Bissell Park.

    Earlier this spring, the city commissioned a structural evaluation of the bell house to determine the extent of suspected water damage to the supporting beams.

    The evaluation determined the majority of the structure, which was holding the 8,000-pound Friendship Bell, was beyond repair.

  • Author Peyton to speak at Thursday Night at Library

    East Tennessee author Cheryl Peyton will be the guest speaker at Kingston Public Library’s “Thursday Night at the Library” on July 24.

    The event starts at 6 p.m. in the library at 1004 Bradford Way.

    Peyton will be discussing her four books, with particular attention to her thriller, “Six Minutes to Midnight,” set in Oak Ridge.

  • Register now for AARP Smart Driver course

    An eight-hour AARP driver safety class in Roane County next month offers area senior citizens a refresher course on driving and an update on rules of the road.

    The new two-day AARP Smart Driver course will be from noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 18-19 in Kingston Community Center.

    The course has been updated from those previously taught.

    Course participants will be taught to adjust to age-related physical changes; reduce incidents of violations and accidents; and update driving skills and rules of the road in a stress-free environment.

  • Marriage licenses: Jan. 1-July 9, 2014

    Marriage licenses granted at the Roane County Courthouse Jan. 1-July 9:

    • Joel Wesley Hicks to Anna Maria White King, both of Kingston.

    • Billie Glen Adcox to Monuela Alan Rodriguez, both of Harriman.

    • Robert Lee Stout Jr. to Katherine Renee Evans, both of Kingston.

    • William Matthew Langley to Melissa Ann Scandlyn Lemons, both of Harriman.

    • Samuel Slater Delozier, Whitesburg, Ga., to Lindsey Elise Henry, Carrollton, Ga.