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Today's News

  • The Garden Gate: What are your plans for night of the mad moon?

    Our annual Halloween celebration is an offshoot of the ancient pagan festival of Samhain.

    On that night, the ancients believed, the spirits of all those who had died during the previous year would come back to haunt those still living.

    To appease them, and possibly to scare them away, people dressed in fiendish costumes and left offerings of food on the doorstep.

    So now we have bands of costumed revelers going from house to house shouting “trick or treat,” and we mollify them with candy treats.

  • OR preservation group to hear Rugby program

    Barbara Stagg, former director of Historic Rugby, will discuss the British settlement in Morgan County during an Oct. 11 meeting of the Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association.

    The meeting will start at 7 p.m. in Midtown Community Center at 102 Robertsville Road, Oak Ridge.

    Stagg served as executive director of Historic Rugby from 1977-2009. She still lives in Rugby in 1886 Roslyn, one of the original homes.

    The restored Utopian settlement commemorates a spectacular social experiment of the 1880s.

  • 56 years for Harriman’s class of 1956

    Harriman High School’s class of 1956 had its 56-year class reunion last month in Rockwood Street Grill, Rockwood.

    Classmates who attended are, seated from left, Jane Miller and Kay Mitchell Griggs; middle row, Gloria Cole Littleton, Juantia Graves Ballew, JoAnn Ray Archey, Linda Latham Hargis, Laura Cain Meers, Carol Daniels Diggs, Frances Lowe Ray; and back row, Gerald Scarbrough, Ron Quarles, Gene Latham, Charlie Black, James Polston, Doug Black, Bob Cofer and Chris Palko.

    Not pictured is Gail Francis Harbin.
     

  • Nominees sought for those working to preserve heritage

    The Tennessee Historical Commission is accepting nominations for its Certificate of Merit Awards to honor individuals or groups working to preserve Tennessee’s cultural heritage during 2012.

    The deadline for submissions is Nov. 30.   

     The awards program recognizes individuals or groups throughout the state who have worked to conserve or highlight Tennessee’s cultural heritage during the past
    year.

    The awards recognize historic preservation projects as well as work in the field of history.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Oct. 10

    25 Years Ago
    The Tennessee Egg Cooking Contest limited entries to main-dish recipes. The second-place adult winner was Kathleen F. Cole of Rockwood. The junior/senior high school winner was Nicky Cole, also of Rockwood, and the daughter of Kathleen. Winners received a U.S. Savings Bond worth
    $400.

    10 Years Ago

  • WWII vet to speak at RSCC

    World War II veteran Clinton E. Riddle of Sweetwater will share his experiences during a 4:30 p.m. lecture on Oct. 11 on the main campus of Roane State Community College.

    The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held in room O-202 in the O’Brien Humanities building on the Roane County campus.

    The Roane State-Bethel University 2+2 education program is presenting Riddle’s lecture.

    Riddle, 92, fought in North Africa, Italy, France, the Low Countries and Germany during World War II.

  • Cherokee completes perfect regular season

    For the second straight year, the Cherokee Yellow Jackets have completed a perfect regular season. The Jackets completed the task with a 32-6 victory at Oliver Springs.

  • HMS downs Cliton in thriller, 20-14

    After Harriman won the regular season Clinch Valley Conference Class A title two weeks ago with a dominant run game, they hoped to continue that play last Thursday against Clinton on homecoming. 

  • MMS downs Rockwood for seventh win, 27-0

    The Midway Middle School Green Wave completed  a great regular season after they rolled past Rockwood, 27-0, last Thursday at Rockwood. 

  • ‘Big one’ work set to start in 2013: Upgrades to intersection at Hwys. 58, 70

    Don White has a succinct and appropriate name for the planned intersection upgrade to Hwys. 58 and 70 — the single most-significant project pending in Kingston right now at a half-million dollars.

    He calls it, simply, “the big one.”

    White, Kingston City Council’s transportation committee chairman, had both in-person and mail correspondence with Tennessee Department of Transportation Regional Director Steve Borden this summer.