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Today's News

  • Severe weather week set

    Tennessee Emergency Management Agency and the National Weather Service are promoting preparedness during Tennessee Severe Weather Awareness Week, Feb. 19-25.
     “Tennessee has experienced two years of unprecedented natural disasters and individual preparedness is more important than ever, said TEMA Director James Bassham. “Emergencies and disasters can happen anywhere and any time.”

  • Uhuru Dancers featured at International Festival

    The Uhuru Dancers will be featured performers at the International Festival on Feb. 18 at the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge.

    The dancers will lead participants to experience African culture in motion through African dance, drum and song.

    The hand-clapping, toe-tapping music, song and dance of cultures around the world will be on stage at the family-friendly event, with entertainment on stage throughout the day.

  • Mr. & Mrs. Douglas 60th

    Mr. and Mrs. Bill Douglas of Harriman celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Feb. 9.

    Douglas and the former Timmie Stout were married Feb. 9, 1952, in Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Harriman.

    Daughter of William B. “Sticky” and Vera W. “Granny” Stout, Timmie was born and raised in Harriman. She graduated from high school in 1950.

  • Reba marks 95th birthday

    Reba McCullough of Rockwood celebrated her 95th birthday on Feb. 11.

    She celebrated the special event with her family.

  • Avery Elise Fritz

    Avery Elise Fritz celebrated her ninth birthday Feb. 1 with friends and family at Tataru’s gymnastics in West Knoxville.

    She is the daughter of Matt and Angie Thomas Fritz of Kingston.

    Grandparents are Jim and Becky Moates Thomas of Kingston and Ernest
    and Cynthia Fritz of Harrison.

    Great-grandmothers are Betty Pratt of Urbana, Ohio, and Madeline Moates of Rockwood.

    Avery has a 6-year-old sister, Braxton Olivia.

  • Ellen Rebecca ‘Ellie’ Layne

    Ellen “Ellie” Rebecca Layne celebrated her fourth birthday Feb. 11 with a My Little Pony party.

    She is the daughter of Joe and Missy Layne of Kingston.

    Grandparents are Don and Becky Layne of Rockwood and Bob and Aggie Wilkerson of Lenoir City.

    Ellie has an older sister, Annabeth.

  • Have a heart for organ donation

    The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security Driver Services Division, including the office in Rockwood, is participating in special February promotions to raise public awareness about organ and tissue donation.

    “The Department of Safety and Homeland Security encourages Tennesseans to give the gift of life by joining the state’s organ and tissue donor registry while applying for or renewing a driver license,” said Tennessee Deputy Commissioner of Driver Services Lori Bullard.

  • The Garden Gate: Need help? Garden to the rescue!

    By Ellen Probert Williamson, Columnist
    In a world preoccupied with wars, disasters and violence, it is hardly surprising that we are concerned with security and defense in our private lives and feel a kinship with our medieval ancestors who built fortified castles and forts and surround themselves with moats, palisades and armed defenders.

    This trend pervades so much of our present thinking that it is not surprising, and perhaps only to be expected, that even the garden comes into its share. Defensive gardening is a new thing.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Feb. 15

    25 Years Ago
    The long history of the Oliver Springs calaboose came to an end when Board of Aldermen decided to abandon the steel-bar jail cells and convert the space to a concrete “holding tank.” The calaboose, or jail cell, was built shortly after the town was incorporated and is replete with stories and memories. Former occupants swear it was a deterrent to crime because anyone held there resolved to never repeat his one experience.

    10 Years Ago

  • General Sessions Court: Jan. 9-23, 2012

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    Jan. 9 — Eugene Bartholow, DUI first offense amended to reckless driving. Guilty.

    • Bradley W. Denton, schedule VI drugs attempt and failure to appear misdemeanor. Guilty.

    • Matthew Ellison, probation violation. Guilty.

    • Lance D. Hickman, vandalism up to $500. Dismissed, cost to defendant.