Today's News

  • Kingston annual Memorial Day service in works

    Kingston American Legion Post 110 will have its annual Memorial Day observance beginning at 10 a.m. May 26 at Bethel Cemetery.

    U.S. Army retiree Rod Schneider will be the keynote speaker for the event.

    The program includes a call to order by Cmdr. Randy Heidle, Cub Scout Pack 101’s presentation of colors, placing of the wreath by Buddy Miles, and invocation by Ab Armour.

    The observance will close with roll call by Cherokee Middle School, a 21-gun salute by the Roane County Honor Guard and the playing of taps by buglar Mike Rotters.

  • Farmers’ markets more accessible to SNAP recipients

    Farmers and farmers’ markets across the state have increased their reach to the more than 1.3 million Tennesseans participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, formerly known as Food Stamps.

    The Tennessee Department of Human Services, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture and the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service recently had a Farmers’ Market On-Site Application and Approval Event for those interested in receiving free wireless point-of-sale devices equipped to accept SNAP benefits.

  • Beautification kudos to Mynatts, flower shop

    Ken and Pat Mynatt are the recipients of the Harriman Garden Club’s April/May Residential Beautification Award.

    A bevy of spring flowers are on the lawn of the Mynatts’ home on Trenton Street in the Cornstalk Heights area.

    Adkisson's Flowers at 503 N. Roane St., owned by Jesse and Linda Rittenhouse, is cited by the Harriman Garden Club as its most beautiful commercial establishment in April/May.

    Nominations for residential and commercial honors may be sent to Harriman Garden Club, P.O. Box 1422, Harriman, TN 37748 or jamie@acedemo.net.

  • Wyatt makes five generations

    Edna Lawson’s family celebrated five generations with the birth of Lawson’s great-great-grandson, Wyatt Poore.

    Lawson, seated, celebrates the family’s newest addition with, standing from left, Judy Blake, James “J.L.” Lawson and Jessica Humphreys, holding baby Wyatt.

  • Cedar Eugene Jarnigan

    Cedar Eugene Jarnigan was born at 8:40 p.m. April 25 in Physicians Regional Medical Center, Knoxville.

    He weighed 7 pounds, 3 ounces and was 20.5 inches long.

    He is the son of Parker Jarnigan and Daniele Jaques of Oak Ridge.

    Grandparents are Tina Zornes Lefever of Leaburg, Ore., Rusty Jaques of Springfield Ore., Pal and Sara Jarnigan of Oak Ridge, and Steve and Jeanette Hensley of Kingston.

    Great-grandparents are Hoyle and Mildred Dake of Kingston, and Julia Lowe of Oliver Springs.

  • Kix Brooks to headline Saturday’s Secret City Festival entertainment

    Secret City Festival organizers are gearing up for the 12th annual community celebration June 13-14.

    Legendary country music artist Kix Brooks will bring his high energy, hit-filled show to the main stage at 7 p.m. June 14.

    Tickets are now on sale. Visit www.secretcityfestival.com for details.

    Country rock band Phoenix Drive will open for Brooks.

    Brooks enjoyed early career success as a songwriter before teaming up with Ronnie Dunn to form the highest-selling duo act in the history of country music.

  • Harriman summer reading program kicks off on June 18

    “Fizz, Boom, Read,” the 2014 summer reading at Harriman Public Library, kicks off June 18 with “Fizz Boom” chemistry with Al Hazari.

    Activities for all ages that day will be from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 in the library at 601 Walden St.

    With the exception of July 2, programs continue each Wednesday through July 30.

    Upcoming activities are:

  • Teen program to ‘Spark a Reaction’

    A number of activities are planned for “Spark a Reaction,” Harriman Public Library’s 2013 Teen Summer Reading Program.

    Activities get underway on July 10 with a “going viral” science mix program.

    All programs are from 3 to 4 p.m. each Thursday from July 10-31.

    The only exception is the final program, which will be from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

    Upcoming activities include:

    July 17 — Duct-tape art and snacks.

  • GUEST OPINION: From the Supreme Court: prayer rules that won’t work

    First Amendment Center
    Mixing prayer and state has always been a messy, contentious business — but last week it got even messier and more contentious.

    In a close 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of prayers at legislative meetings, even when most prayers are prayed in the name of Jesus (Town of Greece v. Galloway).

  • Cherokee Middle School: Sixth-graders burn off steam

    Cherokee Middle School sixth-graders were able to change things up at the end of the year.

    Instead of sitting at their desks, they spent a day at Southwest Point involved in physical activity.

    Students participated in a track-and-field event that included  a softball throw, standing long jump and a series of races.  Awards were given in each category.

    They also played kickball.