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Today's News

  • Water treatment helps Oak Ridge mercury problem

    At the announcement of a new facility to deal with mercury at Oak Ridge, U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn. called mercury contamination “one of the biggest problems we have from the ColdWar era” and said it must be a priority as cleanup resources become available.
    Alexander’s remarks came at a press conference announcing plans for a water treatment facility at the head of the East Fork Poplar Creek.

  • Company scrip tells story of county’s industry history

    For some, a love of history turns into a hobby.
    Tom Carson has done just that, collecting scrip and other monetary items, with a particular focus on Hamilton and Roane counties, where he and his wife Judy own property.
    Scrip was company money typically paid to employees instead of real cash.
    “They paid the employees with these. They were supposedly only good at company stores, but they were (sometimes) good elsewhere, too,” Tom Carson said.

  • Trouble with Congress includes constituents

    By LEE H. HAMILTON
    Center on Congress
    When two senators recently got into a spat over whether the Boston Marathon bombings were being politicized, the news was everywhere within minutes.
    Reams of commentary quickly followed. In the maneuvering over gun-control legislation, every twist and turn was instantly reported and then endlessly debated.

  • Rutherford Co. Commandments issue revisted

    By KEN PAULSON
    First Amendment Center
    It’s been almost 10 years since the Rutherford County, lost a very expensive lawsuit over the posting of the Ten Commandments in the county courthouse.
    The American Civil Liberties Union sued the Commission, contending that the posting was an unconstitutional promotion of religion.  U.S. Judge Robert Echols agreed and ordered the Ten Commandments removed in 2004.  It will “stay down,” County Mayor Ernest Burgess said at the time, calling it “the end of the story.”

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of May 8

    25 Years Ago

  • The Garden Gate: Beautiful iris worthy of name fit for a goddess

    The beautiful iris blooming in our gardens with elegance is worthy of the goddess for whom it was named.

    Tennessee’s state flower was one of the more popular of spring flowers in gardens of medieval Europe, and it is still one we greet with joy in our own spring gardens.

    Some of us refer to these flowers as flags or, if we are French, fleur de lys.

  • Wadlington-Norris

    Randy and Rita Wadlington of Harriman announce the forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Brooke Nicole Wadlington, to Brian Jack Norris.

    He is the son of Jack and Harriett Norris of Rockwood.

    The ceremony will be at 3:30 p.m. May 18 in South Harriman Baptist Church. A reception will follow in the church’s family life center.

    All relatives and friends of the couple are invited to attend.

  • Arrests: Feb. 22-28, 2013

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    Feb. 22 — Leanna Lynn Ashburn, 33, 111 Tonya Lane, Harriman: two counts fraudulent use of debit card. Total bond $1,000; Feb. 25.

    • Linda Sueann Calloway, 35, 1706 Bennett Circle, Harriman: DUI. No bond listed; court date Jan 7.

  • Works’ 12 Ks leads Blue Devils past Tellico Plains, 3-0

    By TYLER MANNING

    Roane Newspapers

    The old saying goes “It’s a new season” when the postseason begins. 

  • Lady Devils end Rockwood’s season, 10-0

    The District 3-A Softball Tournament started Friday with the Harriman Lady Blue Devils picking up a 10-0 victory over Rockwood in what an elimination game for both teams.