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Today's News

  • Get Out the paddle board
  • Prank closes downtown Harriman

    Harriman police closed off part of downtown Saturday evening after an elaborate 911 call prank alleging a man had killed his wife in the Roane Street apartment they shared.

    “The guy in Harriman, he didn’t do anything wrong,” said Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle. “He’s actually the victim.”

  • Motorist topped 110 mph on Hwy. 70, police say

    A high speed chase ended badly for a 27-year-old man on June 21.

    Kingston Assistant Police Chief Gary Nelson said he was on patrol at the intersection of Paint Rock Ferry Road and Hwy. 70 early that morning when an SUV swerved into his lane.

    Nelson said the SUV didn’t stop when he turned on his emergency lights.

  • Students sharpen skills
  • 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.