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Today's News

  • Two killed in separate Rockwood accidents

    From STAFF REPORTS

    A Rockwood man died after his weapon discharged while he was cleaning it Friday.

    William Henley York II, 42, accidentally shot himself in the head. A family member attempted CPR until emergency personnel arrived.

    In addition to being a Rockwood Masonic Lodge 403 member, he was employed at Oak Ridge K-25 as a radiation safety supervisor.

    His obituary can be found on page 6.

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    A Smithville woman died in a Nov. 24 accident in Rockwood.

  • RSCC concerts at Princess Theatre

    Get in the festive spirit by joining the Roane State Community College Music Department for its annual Winter Concert on Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Princess Theatre in downtown Harriman.

    The event begins at 6:30 p.m., and donations will be accepted at the door.

    The concert will feature Roane State’s Concert Choir, Jazz Band, Celebration Singers, faculty and guest musicians, including the Bowers Elementary School Chorus.

    Everyone is also invited to come a bit early for a 3 p.m. recital by Roane State music students.

  • Multi-vehicle accident in Midtown
  • GUEST OPINION: Be thankful for religious freedom at any holiday

    By CHARLES C. HAYNES

    Inside the First Amendment

    The marketing frenzy surrounding “Thanksgivukkah” — a term coined by a Massachusetts woman for this year’s rare convergence of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah — reminds me of an old New Yorker cartoon:

    Leaning on the railing of a ship bound for the New World, one Pilgrim says to another: “My immediate goal is religious freedom, but my long term plan is to go into real estate.”

  • Houston trial reset for January

    Rocky Houston’s federal firearms trial has been postponed again. It was scheduled to start on Tuesday, but U.S. Magistrate C. Clifford Shirley Jr. granted another continuance last week.

    Houston’s court-appointed attorney – Michael P. McGovern – filed a motion to withdraw from the case on Nov. 1.

    Shirley reset a hearing on McGovern’s motion for Dec. 9 and moved the trial to Jan. 28.

    Houston faces 14 counts of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, which could net him up to 140 years in prison if convicted.

  • Fort Southwest Point sets Christmas candlelight tour

    Kingston’s Fort Southwest Point will host a Christmas candlelight tour and reception next weekend.

    The tour and reception will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 14.

    The public is welcome to visit and experience the sights, sounds and flavors common to the people of the 18th century.

    Guests will be greeted at the visitors center for the candlelight tour of the fort.

    Beeswax candles will light the walkway, and bagpipe music will set the tone.

    Special attention will be given to recreate an atmosphere of the past during the event.

  • The Garden Gate: Don’t take the common grapefruit for granted

    Crusaders arriving in the Holy Land during the 12th century were amazed and excited to learn that apples, supposedly the forbidden fruit of the Garden of Eden, were not native to this land.

    Many researchers today believe the forbidden fruit was the apricot. But the Crusaders of the 12th century thought it was the big, yellow citrus fruit they called the pomolo.

    This tropical fruit would grow in England, but it flourished in the islands of the Caribbean.

  • THP to conduct license checks in Roane County

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol will conduct two driver’s license roadside safety checkpoints this month in Roane County.

    The first will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Dec. 6 at Eagle Furnace and Winton Chapel roads near Rockwood.

    The second checkpoint will be from 8 to 9 p.m. Dec. 13 on Pumphouse Road at Arp Drive near Rockwood.

    Recognizing the danger presented to the public by unqualified drivers, troopers will concentrate their efforts on vehicles being operated by drivers who would violate the driver license laws of Tennessee.

  • State’s DAs honor Yager’s Senate work

    The Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference recently honored state Sen. Ken Yager for his work in the Senate.

    Yager received the award at a meeting of the group attended by district attorneys statewide.

    “We greatly appreciate the tireless work and steadfast commitment of Sen. Yager to first understand, and then develop workable solutions, to some very difficult crime problems,” said James W. Kirby, executive director of the Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference.

  • Tuba solo part of program

    A tuba solo by Joe Williams with accompaniment by Barbara Miles is among the program features of the Harriman Music Club meeting on Dec. 12.

    The meeting starts at 3:30 p.m. in the home of Nancy Newcomb; co-hostesses are Linda Raby and Wilda Taylor.

    The program theme, “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” will be presented by Newcomb. Also on tap are a vocal solo by Terry Utsey and a sing-a-long led by Mary Hickey and friends.

    The Hymn of the Month will be presented by Peggy Sheppard.