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Today's News

  • TN.gov named Best of the Web by digital gov’t entity

    Tennessee’s official website, TN.gov, has been named the best state website in the country in the annual “Best of the Web” competition sponsored by the Center for Digital Government.

  • Union Lodge open house planned Saturday

    Union Masonic Lodge 32 will have an open house beginning at 10 a.m. Sept. 14 in the lodge hall at 550 W. Spring St., Kingston.

    “Visit Union Masonic Lodge during our open house and learn about Freemasonry,” member Louis Devillon said. “If you've never seen the inside of a Masonic lodge room, this is your opportunity.”

    The open house will continue until 3 p.m.   

    “We look forward to seeing you,” Devillon said.

  • AARP driver safety classes set in Roane

    An upcoming eight-hour AARP driver safety class in Roane County offers area senior citizens a refresher course on driving and an update on rules of the road.

    The two-day course will be from noon to 4 p.m. Sept. 17-18 in Roane County United Way at 2735 Roane State Hwy., Midtown.

    Course participants will be taught to adjust to age-related physical changes; reduce incidents of violations and accidents; and update driving skills and rules of the road in a stress-free environment.

  • Online resource for burial in state veterans cemeteries aims to streamline process

    The state of Tennessee has implemented an innovative new online pre-registration form to allow veterans and their families to be preapproved for burial in the state veterans cemeteries.

    Traditionally, funeral directors contact the nearest state veterans cemetery when they receive a request to bury the remains of a veteran or dependent who previously expressed interest in burial at one of the four locations.

    In many cases, family members are unable to locate the veteran’s discharge papers which must be used to determine eligibility.

  • Legal Aid attorney to speak at luncheon

    Mary Lyn Goodman, an attorney with Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands, will be the guest speaker for the next Lunch with the League.

    The meeting will begin at noon Sept. 17 in the social hall of Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church at 1500 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

    Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Oak Ridge, Lunch with the League is open to the public.

  • GUEST OPINION: Put a face to faith to stop war madness

    By CHARLES C. HAYNES
    First Amendment Center
    No quick fix — diplomatic or military — will dissolve the centuries of distrust and rivalry that fuel the sectarian conflict in Syria, where Alawites and Shiites are pitted against Sunnis, with Christians caught in the crossfire.

    The same can be said of the many other religious and ethnic wars raging around the globe.

  • System in Washington can still work

    By LEE HAMILTON
    Center on Congress

    The roots of Congress’s dysfunction are complex. But the fundamental reason is that real differences in ideology and principles about both government and governance exist among the voters.

    At heart, the reason it’s become so hard for Washington to act is that the two parties are being driven by fundamentally incompatible views.

    Conservatives place a heavy emphasis on liberty, individual freedom and self-reliance.

  • Kingston ready to flip solar switch

    The city of Kingston draws ever closer to cutting a ribbon on the long-awaited Ladd Landing Greenway project, and flipping a switch on the first of two planned solar farms off James Ferry Road.

    According to recent updates at the Sept. 3 Kingston City Council work session, both projects will be scheduled for ceremonial grand openings as soon as all relevant state and local officials can coordinate their schedules.

    For the greenway, that could mean anytime in the next several weeks.

  • Hacker’s Ace
  • High school sports participation increases for 24th straight year

     

    Participation in high school sports increased for the 24th consecutive year in 2012-13 and passed the 7.7 million mark for the first time, according to the annual High School Athletics Participation Survey conducted by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS).