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Today's News

  • Property transfers: March 27-31, 2014

    Property deed transfers in Roane County:

    March 27 — From Rockwood Lakeview LLC to Brian T. Polcari and Mary E. Polcari by warranty deed, Dist. 5, Crystal Cove, Lot 60, $800,000.

    March 28 — From Arnold M. Weiss, Freddie Lawson and Angela Lawson to Bank of America by trustee’s deed, Dist. 3, Lake Awana Valley Resort, Lot 149R1, $117,000.

    • From George Michael Banick to Dyanne Rice Mogan and Sarah Mogan Nygard by warranty deed, Dist. 2, Oak Hills Estates, Lot 12, $148,000.

  • General Sessions Court: March 31-April 4, 2014

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

    March 31 — April M. Agee, probation violation: guilty.

    • Adam C. Baker, two counts probation violation: guilty.

    • James A. Wampler Jr., probation violation: guilty.

    • Cornell F. Frazier, simple possession/casual exchange, driving while license suspended: guilty.

  • The Garden Gate: Crusaders disappointed in forbidden fruit theory

    Crusaders arriving in the Holy Land in the 12th century learned, to their amazement, that apples were not native to the area.

    Apples were supposedly the forbidden fruit of the Garden of Eden, so the Crusaders thought the translators of the Bible were mistaken, and some other fruit was intended.

    Many researchers today believe it was the apricot, but the Crusaders of that century thought it was the big, yellow, citrus fruit they called the pomelo.

    This tropical fruit would grow in England, but it flourished in the islands of the Caribbean.

  • GLIMPSES: Of rights, responsibilities & 21st century challenges

    By MARK BANKER

    Author’s note: The following three premises are essential to this column.

    1) None of us see the past or present with absolute clarity.

    2) Each of us has the capacity for glimpses of informed insight that draw from and reflect our personal values.

    3) Cordial, forthright exchange of those insights enhances our mutual well being.

  • Vanderbilt study: Behavior-focused therapies help children with autism

    Vanderbilt researchers last week reported updated find-

    ings regarding the benefits of behavior-focused therapies for children with autism spectrum disorder.

    The review, conducted by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality-funded Vanderbilt Evidence-based Practice Center, updates a prior systematic review of interventions for children (up to age 12) with a focus on recent studies of behavioral interventions.

  • Harriman Happenings: Aug. 11

    Get-well wishes to Becky Robinson, who is a patient in Fort Sanders hospital in Knoxville.

    Let’s keep her in our prayers.

    Our deepest belated sympathy is extended to the family of Michael A. Blanchard, who recently passed away.

    He was a lover of people and had many friends.

    His father was Byron Blanchard, who was a great worker for United Way of Roane County.

    He is survived by his mother, Virginia Bry-

    son Blanchard of Kingston; his wife, June; a

    sister and brother and other relatives and friends.

  • Election 2014: Roane County General Election Precinct-by-Precinct Results
  • Election 2014: State Primary Precinct-by-Precinct Results
  • Kingston to consider final rezoning for car dealership

    Kingston City Council has placed a couple of zoning measures that could clear the way for a controversial new development on the Aug. 12 meeting agenda.

    The measures, which would rezone a 47-acre parcel near Davis and Dogwood Drives from residential to “controlled commercial,” passed unanimously on first reading in July.

    The measures must pass the second and final reading to take effect.

    A mandatory public hearing on the measures will be at 6:45 p.m. Aug. 12, prior to the full Council session at 7 p.m.

  • Election 2014 Reporter's Notebook: ‘Just Mike’ off to judge school; city official wants TBI in on recount

    The Roane County Election Commission plans to certify the results of the election on Aug. 15, during a meeting at the courthouse.

    “All your totals are unofficial until they are certified,” Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said.

    Holiway said any candidate wishing to contest the results has to do so within five days after the results are certified.

    The meeting will start at 10 a.m.

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