Today's News

  • The Garden Gate: Could pomegranate be fruit of Knowledge of Good and Evil?

    Pomegranates are one of the world’s most exotic fruits.

    In some medieval paintings, Adam and Eve are portrayed with a pomegranate as the fatal “apple” in the Garden of Eden. The fruits are certainly ancient enough in their lineage.

    One of the most ancient fruits, the pomegranate is mentioned in 14 books of the Bible and in many other ancient writings.

    Pomegranates are native to Asia, from northern India to the Levant, where they have been cultivated since prehistoric times.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Nov. 14

    25 Years Ago
    The Harriman Police Board decided to purchase weapons for officers on a payback system. Under the program, the city would purchase weapons for officers and the officers would repay the city through payroll deductions. The weapons purchased were for line-of-duty use only and not for resale.

    10 Years Ago

  • Marriage licenses: Oct. 11-Nov. 8, 2012

    Marriage licenses granted at the Roane County Courthouse from Oct. 11-Nov. 8:

    • Anthony James Morocco to Tina Sue Powell

    • Richard Anderson Curtis to Connie Renee Wilson Britton

    • Paul Edward Phillips to Kimberly Shay Dale

    • Charles Lee St. John to Brittany Megara Kinser

    • Jordan David Couch to Lauren Elizabeth Woody

    • Daniel Edward Clotfelter to Corrinne Marie Overaitis

  • Births: Oct. 18-Nov. 6, 2012

    Babies born at Methodist Medical Center, Oak Ridge, to Roane County parents:

    Oct. 18 — Jessica Nichols, Harriman. A boy, Devion Michael, 7 pounds, 8 ounces. Grandparents: Billy and Missy Nichols; Robin Boles.

    Oct. 21 — Dawn and Larry Clotfelter, Rockwood. A boy, Joseph Lee, 5 pounds, 15 ounces. Siblings: Daniel, Rachel, Jacob, Jeremy, Nicole and Jason.

  • General Sessions Court: Aug. 24-Sept. 5, 2012

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    Aug. 24 — Austin B. Bullock, registration certificate must be carried. Dismissed. Speeding. Dismissed safety class.

    • Joseph M. Bradford, speeding. Traffic ticket paid in full.

    • Michael K. Brown, financial responsibility law, speeding. Dismissed.

    • Kristin L. Bergmann, speeding. Dismissed.

  • GUEST OPINION: Cross-media ownership likely to widen soon

    First Amendment Center
    Cross-ownership of newspapers and broadcast stations has long been strictly regulated, but that may be about to change.

    The Los Angeles Times reports that the Federal Communications Commission is expected to approve a proposal that would permit ownership of both a newspaper and major television and radio station in the nation’s 20 largest markets.

    The idea behind the limitation was to prevent a single media entity from dominating the free flow of information to a community.

  • You can change the tone of politics

    Center of Congress
    The election of 2012 has called attention to how difficult it is for Americans to talk reasonably with one another about public policy challenges.

    Our civic dialogue — how we sort through issues and reason with one another — is too often lamentable.

    We live in a politically divided country. Congress, which ought to serve as the forum where politicians of diverse views find common ground, is instead driven by ideological disagreements.

  • Midtown Elementary choir takes flight

    Soon soft strains of holiday music will fill Knoxville’s McGhee Tyson Airport.

    Among them will be the voices of children in the Midtown Elementary School Choir, who will sing from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 4.

    The choir, in its second year, is excited about the opportunity to play for strangers, although members have sung for residents of an assisted-living facility and more recently, for the school’s Veterans’ Day program.

    Student Sara Gunter looks at it this way: “I like to meet new people every day.”

  • Four-laning to Oak Ridge celebrated

    Officials from Oak Ridge, Roane County, Anderson County and the Tennessee Department of Transportation gathered Tuesday afternoon to dedicate the completion of the final phase of Hwy. 95 widening project.

    The project, which widened nearly 3 miles of two-lane highway to a four lanes, was 12 years in the planning stages but took just two years to complete once the construction phase began.

    The $15 million project also included two retaining walls, two bridges and wide shoulders for bicycles.

  • Temperance Building to be featured on show

    Harriman’s Temperance Building’s rich history and reported haunts will be the focus of a program on a major television network.

    G.H.O.S.T. Paranormal, “the ghost hunters of southern Tennessee,” has been holding paranormal investigations and tours at the building, which once housed the East Tennessee Land Co., which sold the land that would become the model Temperence community of Harriman. The building later housed the American Temperance University.