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Today's News

  • Secret Santa pays off layaways

    Several people who were unable to pay their layways on time at Walmart in Rockwood didn’t see their Christmas festivities dampened.
    An anonymous person came in and paid off several layways  — to the tune of about $700 — on Saturday.
    That was the day store associates were contacting customers to make arrangements or return the layaway items to the sales floor.
    Walmart manager Ken Miget did not meet the Secret Santa who helped some of his customers, but he did witness the reaction of one man whose order was paid off.

  • Swan Pond sports fields years off

    TVA often refers to the $43 million it made available for different community projects as an example of the agency’s commitment to helping the area recover from the ash spill. 
    However, a member of TVA’s Valley Relations staff said it was only a coincidence that the foundation responsible for doling out the money met on Wednesday, a day before the three-year anniversary of the Dec. 22, 2008, disaster.

  • HPD to hold online auction

    Harriman Police Department will be having an online auction of surplus items Jan. 14-30.
    Assistant Chief Kenny Humphrey shared the public auction details for GovDeals.com.
    Fourteen vehicles, nine of which were seized, will be sold.
    Humphrey said bidders will need to preregister at the site.
    He has made arrangements for anyone without Internet access to be able to use the Harriman Public Library for the bidding.
    In addition to the auction, Humphrey also got permission to get new software for three laptops at $6,146.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Christmas glow comes from heart

    Ahh, Christmas.
    When I was a child, it was all about decorations and presents.
    Back then, in the days before Christmas, I sometimes would fall asleep on the couch beside the Christmas tree and its twinkling lights.
    There I would dream of all the gift possibilities.
    The truth is, I did not then nor have I ever gotten a Christmas present that knocked my socks off.
    My parents seemed at a loss when choosing gifts for me.

  • Sending gifts and cards near and far
  • Santa visits Roane

    Santa’s elf, who sometimes answers to Missy Layne, uses a fan to cool the jolly old man himself at the Roane County Courthouse in Kingston last week. Santa dropped in at the courthouse to visit with some of the county’s children.

  • Bobcats split with Jackets

    With points being hard to come by and an uncharacteristic off-night from many of Oliver Springs' main scoring contributors, others were needed to step up. 

  • Midway picks up early Christmas present

    Christmas Day might not be until Sunday, but the Midway Green Wave and Lady Waves picked up a nice gift heading into the holidays as both teams knocked off Harriman Tuesday night in a District 3-A showdown.

  • The Garden Gate: Christmas season plants have changed with the times

    By Ellen Probert Williamson
    There is a remarkable variety in the plants which symbolize this glamorous season of the year. Some of them connect with very ancient traditions and customs and some of them are fairly new, such as the poinsettias, which have only been the customary Christmas plant for a couple of generations.

  • Arrests

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.

    Dec. 6 —Montana Marie Arington, 26, 917 Morning Glory Drive, Harriman: 2 counts failure to appear. Total bond $2,500; court date Feb. 13, 2012.

    Happy Shawndale Crowley, 32, 1455 Rockford Road, Knoxville: failure to appear. Bond $4,000; court date Feb. 13, 2012.