Today's News

  • Jackets battle Dragons, injuries in final scrimmage


    After a cancellation last Friday, the York Institute Dragons did fulfill their scheduled visit to Kingston for a scrimmage on Tuesday. 

    Kingston was outscored 5-2 in the scrimmage, but Yellow Jacket coach Brian Pankey was encouraged by some phases of his team. 

  • Jamborees highlight weekend football schedule


    Area football fans will get their fill this weekend as Oliver Springs will host the 2014 Roane County Football Jamboree Friday evening featuring all five county high school teams. 

  • Register for continued learning classes

    Want to see 10 award-winning films from 10 countries? Find genealogy information on the Internet? Learn about female Pharaohs in ancient Egypt?

    Better understand tax law changes, Medicare, long-term care services and investment fundamentals? Get a new perspective on Jesus, the Trinity and the Quakers? Learn to analyze dreams and play better bridge?

    Courses on these and other topics will be offered during the fall semester of Oak Ridge Institute for Continued Learning.

  • Regional museum directors to talk at OR gathering

    The city of Oak Ridge and the American Museum of Science and Energy Foundation will have the second in a series of community meetings from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 19.

    The meeting will be in the museum at 300 S. Tulane Ave., Oak Ridge.

    Registration and light refreshments will be available beginning at 5:30 p.m.

    Executives from several regional museums and attractions will discuss how their museums were established and developed, and how each is managed and operated.

  • Curvy cuke would be big pickle

    Joyce Sapp likes cucumbers, and she grew them this summer in her yard on Post Oak Road near Rockwood.

    But she recently decided she’d had her fill for the summer. While getting rid of the vines, she found her biggest harvest of all — a green, curved cuke that measures 18 inches long if measured end to end inside the curve.

    “I wasn’t trying to grow anything other than cucumbers,” she said of her late-summer find. “At any rate, it’s the biggest one I’ve ever seen.”

  • Arrests: Aug. 6-10, 2014

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

    Aug. 6 — Paula Marie Briley, 44, 146 Clearview Drive, Rockwood: charge $1,000-10,000. Bond $2,000; court date Aug. 8.

    • Benjamin Heath Clark, 25, 209 River Road, Kingston: failure to appear. No bond listed; court date Aug. 8.

    • Sarah McKenzi Clark, 20, 154 Midtown Park Circle, Harriman: violation of probation. Bond $2,500; court date Sept. 22.

  • 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.

  • Lawyer claims gunfire at cat sanctuary

    Tiger Haven neighbor Toby Rhynehart and his attorney allege shots were being fired inside the big-cat sanctuary last week.

    They called police, although they don’t believe shots were being fired at them.

    Rhynehart faces a reckless endangerment charge for allegedly shooting at Tiger Haven on May 14, 2013. He denies the charge, insisting he was shooting at a private range built on his 114-acre farm that abuts Tiger Haven.