Today's News

  • The vital issue Congress won’t address

    Center of Congress
    With the elections over, Congress faces a full plate of tough issues when it reconvenes.
    There will be a lot of talk about fiscal matters, “grand bargains,” and sorting out party caucuses.
    But there’s one vitally important question we’re certain to hear nothing about.
    That is Congress’s own behavior — and more specifically, the behavior of its members.

  • Court’s ruling on political spending under assessment

    First Amendment Center
    There’s one result from the election that we likely won’t know for months or even years: the full meaning of this year’s massive run-up in campaign spending.
    The U.S. Supreme Court, in its Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision in 2010, freed corporations, unions and others to spend as much on elections as they wish — setting up the circumstances for the financial version of Superstorm Sandy in this year’s races.

  • The Garden Gate: Abrams ensures we’ll always have trees

    The oldest living things on earth are trees.

    The famous Cedars of Lebanon are still just as the Bible describes them, but older still are Bristlecomb pines, which are native to the American Southwest, and have been dated back about 5,000 years.

    People have been fascinated for hundreds of years with bonsai, the tiny trees and miniature landscapes considered to be a living art. Bonsai, the smallest trees in the world, were developed in the Orient generations ago.

  • Santa rides the rails next month

    For the first two weekends of December, Santa Claus will leave his sleigh in the garage and climb aboard the Secret City Scenic Excursion Train.

    He will be aboard the excursion rides on Dec. 1-2 and Dec. 8-9 and is sure to delight children as he and Mrs. Claus make their way through the coaches passing out Christmas gift bags and posing for pictures.

    Southern Appalachia Railway Museum volunteers will have the train all decked out in true holiday style to add to the enjoyment of the trips and the season.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Nov. 21

    25 Years Ago
    According to hospital personnel at Chamberlain Memorial Hospital in Rockwood, the cost of having a baby had increased, but services had also improved. For a normal delivery and three-day hospital stay, new parents could expect to pay up to $1,560 or up to $2,400 for a Caesarean section. Some of the improvements include a cheery-looking hospital room with  televisions, sibling visiting hours, a relative allowed to assist in the delivery room, and a complimentary steak dinner for the parents before the mother’s discharge.

  • Steele-Scarborough

    Mr. and Mrs. Doyle Edward Steele Jr. of Easley, S.C., announce the forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Elizabeth Ann Steele, to Joseph Carter Scarborough,

    He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Steve Scarborough of Rockwood.

    The ceremony will be May 11, 2013, at the North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville, N.C.

  • Spread a little ‘oom-pah’ at Merry TubaChristmas

    The Babahatchie Community Band will present Harriman’s 24th annual Merry TubaChristmas concert at 11:45 a.m. Dec. 1 in Harriman High School’s James M. Williamson Auditorium.

    Registration begins at 9:30 a.m., with rehearsal at 10.

    The tuba/euphonium choir under the direction of Sande MacMorran will perform carols and songs of Christmas.

    Tuba/sousaphone and euphonium/baritone players of all degrees of ability are welcome to participate in this event.

    Call Dr. Joseph Williams at 882-3446 for details.

  • South Harriman alumni honor vets

    The South Harriman Schools Alumni and Friends Organization continues its community involvement with the recent installation of a permanent flag pole complete with a new U.S. flag and a banner depicting the former county school’s “Pirate” logo with the declaration “The Spirit Lives On.”

    The Alumni paired the flags with a “Thanks Veterans” sign saluting all veterans for their service and sacrifice during the week around Veterans Day.

  • Fall-seeded crops deadline Dec. 15

    The USDA-Roane/Loudon Farm Service Agency reminds all producers that the acreage reporting date for fall-seeded crops has changed, beginning with the crop planted for 2013 harvest.

    The new acreage reporting date is Dec. 15.

    This applies to all fall seeded crops including winter wheat.

    Call the Roane/Loudon Farm Service Agency at 376-2392, Option 2, for an appointment to certify fall seeded-crops.

    The office is at 424 N. Kentucky St. Room 110, Kingston.

  • General Sessions Court: Sept. 5-12, 2012

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

    Sept. 5 — Jeri H. Rector, financial responsibility law. Dismissed.

    • Leonard Corbin, driver’s license to be carried and exhibited. Dismissed.

    • Elizabeth R. Whittle, financial responsibility law. Dismissed.

    • Susan J. Young, driving without license. Dismissed.