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Today's News

  • Jim Henry officially DCS director

    Forget the interim part: After a short stint filling in, Kingston’s Jim Henry is now the commissioner of the Department of Children’s Services.
    Gov. Bill Haslam announced the full appointment Tuesday to the beleagured department.
    Henry, the first commissioner of the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, had also been serving as interim director of DCS since February’s resignation of former DCS commissioner Kate O’Day.

  • Rocky’s case gets rockier

    Rocky Houston suffered another setback in his criminal case last week. U.S. Magistrate C. Clifford Shirley Jr. issued a report and recommendation, advising District Court Judge Danny Reeves to deny Houston’s motion to suppress pole camera footage.

  • OS wins state tourney opener, 4-3

    If the Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats had any opening game jitters at the TSSAA Class A State Tournament in Murfreesboro on Tuesday, it didn’t show as Matt Headden’s squad picked up a 4-3 victory over University School of Johnson City (USJC).

  • Rockwood's season ends at state tourney

    The 2013 season came to a close for the Rockwood Tigers following a pair of losses in the TSSAA Class A State Tournament in Murfreesboro.

    Rockwood opened play Tuesday night at Middle Tennessee Christian School with a 5-1 loss against Silverdale Baptist Academy, and then on Wednesday, the Tigers were eliminated following an 18-2 loss at the hands of Summertown.

  • The Garden Gate: This column may someday be part of a home for a furry friend

    A border of day lilies really dresses up your garden. All the pretty flowers are in bloom for only one day at a time, but the blooms are so prolific and replace each other so fast that it is hard to realize they are so well named. Because that’s what they are, one day at a time, day lilies.

    The exuberant and lovely blossoms are among the most satisfactory and easy-care flowers one could imagine for any American or Canadian garden, and they flourish especially well in the gardens of Tennessee.

  • Prowl for owls on the Obed

    Obed Wild and Scenic River will have a spring Owl Prowl beginning at 8 p.m. May 31 at the Lilly Overlook parking lot.

    Those attending will hear about the habits and mannerisms of the Eastern screech owl and the barred owl, two of the most common owls in Eastern Tennessee.

    They will also be taught how to distinguish between the two owls’ different and unique calls.

    Participants will hike to the overlook with park staff as they call out to owls with recorded owl sounds.

  • Memorial Day observances set in Kingston, Rockwood

    Those who made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom will be remembered on May 27 with a Memorial Day ceremony in Kingston’s Bethel Cemetery.

    Later in the day, Rockwood 2000 will have a similar commemoration and veterans paver dedication at Homecoming Park.

    The Bethel Cemetery cermeony will be conducted by Kingston American Legion Post 110.

    A call to order by Cmdr. Randy Heidle will be followed by the presentation of colors by Cub Scout Pack 101 and Buddy Miles’ placing of the wreath.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files for the Week of May 22

    25 Years Ago
    Cuyler Dunbar, founding president of Roane State Community College, announced through tears that he was leaving the college after 18 years to accept the presidency of Catawba Community College in Hickory, N.C. “There’s never a good time to leave,” he said. “We will remain forever connected [to the school] in heart and spirit.” At the time of his appointment at Roane State, Dunbar was the youngest college president in Tennessee.

    10 Years Ago

  • Harriman Lions serving up pancakes

    Members of the Harriman Lions Club are finalizing plans for the club’s annual “World’s Greatest Pancake Breakfast” from 7 to 11 a.m. May 25.

    “Mary Long, owner of Harriman Steak and Diner has graciously offered the use of her restaurant and her employees again this year to help the Harriman Lions in this project,” said Harriman Lions Club member John Richards.

    Pancakes, bacon, sausage, coffee, milk and orange juice will be available for $5 for adults, $2.50 for children younger than 11.

  • Alexander Inn estate sale proceeds to aid in East Tenn. preservation work

    Work to protect East Tennessee places and buildings with historic significance will be helped with the proceeds of an estate “tag” sale this weekend at Oak Ridge’s Alexander Inn.

    The sale, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 25, will give the public a one-time opportunity to walk through a portion of the historic inn at 210 E. Madison Road before renovations begin and purchase furnishings from the 1940s-80s.