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Today's News

  • Lions pavilion marker home at last

    It’s taken 57 years, but a marker denoting a Kingston Lions Club major contribution to the city is now in place.

    The engraved granite marker was intended to preserve the club’s work on the original Kingston City Park pavilion. Instead, it now serves as a reminder of that original gift to the community and the organization’s contribution to the existing pavilion, constructed recently through funds raised by Kingston employees.

  • New state rules in place for ginseng harvesting, buying

    As part of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s regulatory role regarding the export of wild American ginseng, the Division of Natural Areas is sending out a reminder to harvesters about the 2012 law change.

    A series of upcoming public participation opportunities to address potential rule changes has also been announced.

    Effective July 1, Tennessee’s ginseng harvest law was amended to change the harvest season for wild ginseng to Sept. 1-Dec. 31.  

  • Willie Finch celebrates 100th birthday

    Willie Penix Finch celebrated her 100th birthday on July 31.

    The Finch family had a party/reunion in her honor on Aug. 4 in Oak Ridge Community Center.

    About 40 relatives and friends turned out to extend happy birthday wishes.

    Born Willie Edith Penix on July 31, 1912, she is originally from Lexington in West Tennessee. Her family farmed on a 160-acre plot, and she played high school basketball.

  • Mr. and Mrs. Jordan Williams

    Jennifer Smith of Harriman and Jordan Williams of Oakdale were married on Aug. 4 in the Suddath House, Harriman. Robert Lamance officiated.

    The bride is the daughter of Ketta Smith of Harriman and the late Lee Smith.

    The groom is the son of Paul and Donna Williams of Oakdale.

  • GUEST OPINION: Knoxville and Memphis: When officials overreach

    By KEN PAULSON
    First Amendment Center
    Memphis and Knoxville are about 390 miles apart, but they’re in strikingly similar territory as city officials in both try to poach the names of local citizens from newspapers.

    In Memphis, attorneys for the Shelby County Commission are trying to force the Memphis Commercial Appeal to reveal the identities of anyone who posted comments on the newspaper’s website over a 21-month span concerning the merger of city and county schools and plans by suburban communities to start school districts.

  • New school year means a fresh start for all

    By GERA SUMMERFORD
    Tennessee Education Association
    A new school year is under way for most school districts across the state.

    The start of a new year always brings with it a sense of a new beginning.

    Students have a clean slate, teachers welcome new students in their classrooms and we all have the opportunity to renew our commitment to public education in Tennessee.

    The State Department of Education has been touting exciting gains in TCAP scores all across the state in recent weeks.

    Those scores are a direct result of the hard work of our teachers and students.

  • To clean up dilapidated Harriman properties, setting priorities is key

    Prioritizing is key to successfully tackling the cleanup effort in Harriman.

    That was what City Attorney Harold Balcom said recently at a workshop completely focused on what the city could do to more successfully handle the cleanup of delapidated properties in the city.

    Balcom suggested making a list of priority properties each year, just like the street committee makes a list of roads that most need to be paved.

    “Set priorities. What kind of priorities are we interested in dealing with in this cycle?” Balcom said.

  • Roane County High School marching band camp
  • Rockwood city budget up for second reading, final approval

    Might Rockwood finally put its budget to rest this week?

    On Thursday Rockwood officials are set to consider a second reading of the city’s 2013 budget at a special-called meeting at 4 p.m.

    At issue is whether to make final the proposed $6.3 million budget.

    It’s been a divisive issue, with three Rockwood City Council members favoring the proposed budget and three others equally as determined to continue to study and tweak it.

    First reading passed unanimously, despite previous failed attempts at passing a budget early on.

  • Women arrested at meth house

    Two women who returned to the scene of a meth lab were arrested Saturday night. Kerry
    Elizabeth Ivey, 30, and Rebecca Leigh Webb, 28, are charged with criminal trespassing.

    Last month they were charged with manufacturing a controlled substance, child endangerment and possession of drug paraphernalia when a meth lab and a 3-year-old child was discovered at 126 Broken Arrow Point.

    The residence was put under quarantine.

    According to the report on the criminal trespassing charges, an anonymous caller said two women were trespassing at the residence.