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Today's News

  • St. Andrew’s to bless animals for 3rd year

    St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Harriman will join other churches across the country and around the world on Oct. 6 in the custom of the Blessing of the Animals.

    This is the third annual celebration for St. Andrew’s and will be open to the public. A line of pets — everything from dogs and cats to hamsters and even horses — will begin forming at 2 p.m. at the church at 180 Circle Drive.

  • Hard-Fighting Soldier: Harriman’s Barksdale receives special honor

    Those who know Carrie Barksdale would never argue that she’s part of Jesus Christ’s army of Christians who live to spread His gospel.

    Now it’s official: the Harriman woman was cited earlier this month with the Hard-Fighting Soldier Award during this month’s 2012 Tennessee State Lectureship banquet in Gatlinburg.

    “The pay may not be much,” she told the audience when she was given the honor, “but the retirement is out of this world.”

  • The Garden Gate: Nothing like nutritious apples on a crisp fall day

    Cosimo De Medici, the Grand Duke of Tuscany, gave a lavish banquet at his castle in 1670.

    At this party, 56 varieties of apples were served in various ways. Today, there are more than 6,500 varieties of apples, thanks to crossbreeding by botanists and horticulturists.

    Ever since the days of Adam and Eve and the Garden of Eden, apples have played their part in legend, science, art and history. They are as important today as they were in ancient Rome.

  • RCHS helping with food drive

    Students at Roane County High School are helping out the Kingston Police Department in its Thanksgiving Food Drive for The Hands of Mercy.

    The drive begins Oct. 1, which coincides with homecoming week at RCHS. 

    Each class will compete against the others in an attempt to gather the most items needed to fill as many food baskets as possible by the Nov. 16 deadline. The goal is to feed 750 needy families.

  • Harriman property owners asked to clean it up

    Overgrown yards, dilapidated and burned homes are all reasons various properties are part of a list of attention-needing properties in Harriman.

    Three of those on the list — a School Street home, one at 318 Byrd Drive and another at 113 Redwood Drive —  are all planned to be demolished.

    It cannot come soon enough for neighbor Juanita Lewis, who lives next to the School Street home, which has slowly decayed. A fire caused further damage a few years ago.

  • DOE moves to terminate WSI contract

    The U.S. Department of Energy has formally requested that WSI Oak Ridge’s protective force contract at Y-12 be terminated.

    “This decision comes after the top leadership of WSI at Y-12 were removed and are no longer welcome at DOE sites, and the officers associated with the incident were fired, demoted or suspended without pay,” the National Nuclear Security Administration said in a prepared statement. “Additionally, three federal officials with security oversight responsibilities were reassigned.”

  • Ash spill plaintiffs want mediation

    As directed, the parties in the TVA ash spill litigation have filed documents with the federal court in Knoxville on how they think the second phase of the trial should proceed.

    TVA is liable for damages to the plaintiffs, provided each one can show they are entitled to relief under claims of negligence, trespass or private nuisance. That determination will be made in a second phase of the trial.

    Plaintiffs, however, want U.S. District Judge Thomas Varlan to first order the parties to participate in mediation.

  • Rockwood woman gets chance to meet men who saved her life

    Call it luck, fate or divine intervention, Archie Ann White of Rockwood is alive today because of a miraculous chain of circumstances that occurred when she came to the aid of one of her daughters whose family was involved in a wreck on Interstate 40 in Cumberland County.

    It all began when White arrived at the scene of a single-car accident on May 6 on I-40 East at the 336-mile marker.

  • OS explodes past Jellico, 55-8

    Sometimes a week off can pay off with big dividends.

    That was the case this past week for the Oliver Springs Bobcats as after a bye week, Wiley Brackett’s squad rolled into Jellico and thrashed the Blue Devils, 55-6.

  • Midway sets Bear trap, 28-14

    For the first time since 1992, the Midway Green Wave would get a win over Tellico Plains, as Joe Campbell’s squad downed the Bears, 28-14 Friday night at Midway.