Today's News

  • Kingston’s top fall decorators
  • Jaycie Brooklynn Mitchell

    Jaycie Brooklynn Mitchell turned 4 on Nov. 13.

    She celebrated on Nov. 10 at Roane County Skating Center with lots of family and friends.

    She is the daughter of Miranda Mitchell of Rockwood.

    Grandparents are Kendall and Joni Mitchell of Rockwood.

    Great-grandparents include David and Trisha Mitchell, Jerry Brackett and Cleta Mitchell, all of Kingston, and Peggy Kirk of Rockwood.

  • Time to help Orange in blood drive

    Volunteer fans who think their blood runs orange have a chance to prove it during Medic’s 25th annual Battle of the Orange and Blue.

    The blood drive competition between  Tennessee and Kentucky fans runs through Nov. 16.

    Medic’s mobile unit  will be at Rockwood Walmart Supercenter from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 16.

    “Kentucky fans have won this competition the last two years, and Medic wants Volunteer fans back on the winning side of this event,” said Christi Fightmaster of Medic public relations.

  • 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.