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Today's News

  • Fires keep Harriman officials busy

    Harriman firefighters put out a fire at an unoccupied home 212 Morgan St. early Sunday morning.

    It was the second fire there in the last couple of years, according to Harriman Fire Chief Brad Goss.

    “It appeared to be in the stairwell to the second floor,” Goss said.

    Another fire, at 421 Morgan St., was on Sunday, Dec. 29.

    No one was hurt in that late night fire that heavily damaged the home.

  • Fleischmann gears up for another run

    U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann is proud of his support for a recent budget deal passed by Congress. The bipartisan agreement passed the House 332-94 and the Senate 64-36.

    “It’s actually a major accomplishment to get a budget when you think that our country has been operating without a budget for so long,” said Fleischmann, whose 11-county 3rd Congressional District includes all of Roane County. “I think it was important to get us back on the right track.”

  • State group names McNew top volunteer

    The Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division has named Jack McNew of Harriman its CASA Volunteer of the Year.

    McNew has been a court-appointed special advocate volunteer for five years.

    He was instrumental in the formation of CASA of the Ninth Judicial District, the CASA agency serving Loudon, Morgan and Roane counties, and has served on its board of directors since 2009.

  • Put civility back in free speech options for 2014

    By GENE POLICINSKI

    First Amendment Center

    The First Amendment protects our freedom to say and write just about anything we want — but that doesn’t mean we ought to, particularly in public life.

    The difference rests between “can” and “should.”

    Our nation’s founders were no strangers to rude, callous and raucous debate in public life and to vicious commentary, even by today’s “anything goes” online standards.

  • The Garden Gate: Cheating nature for beauty, treats a long-held practice

    Mankind has been trying to outwit nature since the beginning of gardening. The Romans were among the first.

    It has been recorded that Emperor Tiberius was able to have fresh cucumbers on his table in every month of the year.

    There is something fascinating about having summer flowers in the winter and enjoying fruits and vegetables out of season. Since ancient times, forcing plants and building greenhouses has developed into quite a sophisticated art.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Jan. 8

    25 Years Ago
    Harriman’s first baby of 1989 made her arrival at 1:09 p.m. Jan. 7 in Harriman City Hospital. Taniensha Annette Thomas, daughter of Tyrone and Seressa Thomas of Rockwood, weighed 6 pounds, 8 ounces, and was 21 inches long. For making her milestone appearance into the world, Taniensha was awarded at $50 savings bond by the hospital.

  • Well, hello, Dolly!

    Alma Miniard and her daughter, Sally Miniard, are among those greeted by a festive Dolly Parton stand-up at Harriman Care and Rehabilitation Center visitors during the holidays.

    The display served a reminder of the importance of reading to children everyday and an encouragement to enroll small children in Imagination Library.

    The promotion is especially significant to the Miniards: Alma is a Harriman Care and Rehab resident, and Sally was a Dollywood manager for six years.

    Accompanying Sally on her visit was her dog, Azul.

  • Wolfe a VFW Aide-de-Camp

    John Wolfe, left, of Harriman VFW Post 6598 is among East Tennessee veterans recently named aides-de-camp by the Veterans of Foreign Wars of America Headquarters.

    Wolfe is a former District 2 commander.

    Also named were Alcoa VFW Post 10855 veterans Claude Abbott, center, Tennessee state inspector, and Post Commander Jerome Moon.

  • Baby, it’s COLD outside!

    As Roane County rebounded from its frigid 2-degree low on Tuesday, L.K. “Butch” Barding took a moment at Kingston City Park to snap a photo of an overflowing water fountain that remained frozen.

    The National Weather Service in Morristown said the low broke the record for Jan. 7, but not the overall record in Roane County.

    That record is 24 below zero, recorded in 1985.

  • Return FSA county committee ballots by Jan. 17

    USDA Farm Service Agency county committee elections are now underway.

    Elections began on Dec. 20 with the mailing of ballots to eligible voters.

    The deadline to return the ballots to FSA offices is Jan. 17.

    The Roane/Loudon County Farm Service Agency is at 424 N. Kentucky St., Kingston.

    Call 376-2392, Ext. 2, for details.

    Producers have been instructed to destroy the FSA county committee election ballots (FSA-669s) mailed on Nov.

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