Today's News

  • Look Back: Something From Our Files From the Week of July 10

    25 Years Ago
    Fourteen First American Bank employees at branches in Rockwood, Harriman, Kingston and Spring City received permanent layoff notices due to what a Knoxville bank official called duplication of services after the acquisition of Roane County’s First National Bank. “We can’t afford to do that,” said Robert A. McCabe Jr., First American Bank president. McCabe said officials tried to pick employees with the least seniority and whose job skills were not needed due to refinement in operations.

  • The Garden Gate: Cauliflower’s handy for good health

    Do you like to eat flowers? How about cauliflowers?

    They really are flowers that stopped growing while they were still buds.

    Cauliflowers are very nutritious because they really stopped growing while they were still buds, and the stems leading up to each blossom had already begun to store nutrients for the flowers.

  • Skylar Roxanne Bruneel

    Skylar Roxanne Bruneel was born on May 21 in the U.S. Naval Hospital Bremerton in Bremerton, Wash.

    She weighed 7 pounds, 5 ounces, and was 19.5 inches long.

    She is the daughter of Scott and Tausha Bruneel.

    Grandparents are Jackie and Jan Hill, Joni Haley and Bob Bruneel.

    Great-grandparents are Hazel McCullough and John and Ruth Birgy.

  • Mr. & Mrs. Isham 50th

    Jerry and Brenda Isham of Rockwood will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on July 12.

    They were married on July 12, 1963, in South Harriman, with the Rev. Jim Jenkins officiating.

    She graduated from South Harriman High School in 1963, and he attended Roane County High School.

    He worked at the paper mill in Harriman, and the couple owned Jerry’s Boat Sales in Midtown.

    They have three children, seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

  • Helton-Harris

    Courtney Helton and Bryce Harris, both of Harriman, announce their forthcoming marriage.

    The ceremony will be at 6 p.m. Aug. 10 at the Helton family creek.

    The bride-elect is the daughter of Dale and Joyce Helton of Rockwood.  

    Her grandparents are Helen Willis and the late Ernest Willis, the late, Mary Cordts, the late Donald Grant, and Tony Helton.

    She is employed with The Eye Center.

    The prospective groom is the son of Rick and Kim Harris of Kingston.

  • Alexander Inn renovations to be discussed

    An update on the Guest House/Alexander Inn renovation project will be given during the Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association's membership and public meeting on July 11.

    The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in Midtown Community Center, 102 Robertsville Road.

    Rick Dover, general manager of the Family Pride Corp. and Knox Heritage's Ethiel Garlington, director of preservation field services for the East Tennessee Preservation Alliance, will present the program.

  • GUEST OPINION: Is Congress ready to step up support for a shield law?

    Editor’s note: This column was first published in USA Today on May 21.

    First Amendment Center
    Suddenly, freedom of the press is very, very popular.

    In the wake of revelations that the Justice Department had subpoenaed the phone records of Associated Press reporters, many members of Congress were quick to share their outrage.

    “The First Amendment is first for a reason,” said Michael Steel, spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner. “If the Obama administration is going after reporters’ phone records, they better have a damned good explanation.”

  • OFF the CUFF: Discovery of a Star-Spangled nightmare

    Do you know the words to The National Anthem?

    I’ll give you a hint: It starts with, “O! Say, can you see ...?”

    Francis Scott Key’s poetic response to America’s victory at Fort McHenry during the War of 1812 is officially known as “The Star-Spangled Banner.” It was officially designated as our national anthem by congressional resolution signed by President Herbert Hoover in 1931.

    In my youth, learning the lyrics to this iconic bit of history was akin to learning the Pledge of Allegiance.

    I thought that was the case nationwide.

    Apparently not. At least, not nowadays.

  • ACAC competes in Kentucky

    The Atomic City Aquatics Club went to town and had a little fun at the E-Town Summer Classic in Kentucky.
    They were spearheaded by Loki Hondorf, who came home with four top six finishes, as well as an 11th place. Kent Eldreth swam to two second place finishes and four top 12 finishes overall. Margaret Stansberry was a standout for the women with 6 top 14 finishes.

  • Harriman, Rockwood struggle in “O” Zone opening round

    After three straight days of rainouts, the Dixie Youth District 8 “O” Zone Tournament finally started Monday evening in Spring City.