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Today's News

  • Feds cutting unemployment compensation by 4.4 percent

    Tennesseans receiving benefits through the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation Program will see a 4.4 percent reduction in their benefits starting this week.
    Benefits received under the state’s unemployment compensation program, generally the first 26 weeks (maximum) of available benefits, will not be reduced.
    The reduction is required through the federal Budget Control Act of 2011, also known as “sequestration.”

  • ORNL Friends to hear from Warmack

    Bruce Warmack of Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s measurement science and systems engineering division will give a presentation during the next luncheon lecture meeting of the Friends of ORNL.
    “Making Machines Sense Our World” will be the topic of the Oct. 8 presentation.
    The meeting, open to the public, will begin at 11 a.m. in the UT Resource Center at 1201 Oak Ridge Turnpike.
    Warmack, a physicist who earned his Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee, has worked at ORNL in a variety of research areas since the 1970s.

  • Digital driving out Midtown Drive-In

    Midtown Drive-In’s owner Doug Freeman announced on the website of his theaters that the Midtown location likely had its last season in the spring and summer of 2013.

    The film industry’s decision to stop making 35mm film is cited as the reason for the likely closure.

    Freeman writes at www.bluemoontheatres.com that Midtown may operate on a  limited schedule in the summer of 2014 — depending on whether any films are distributed on film next year.

  • Harriman Happenings Oct. 7

    St. Mary’s Baptist Church was guest church of Williams Chapel Church in Emory Gap for the pastor, the Rev. Smith’s anniversary.
    Pastor Jesse L. Williams delivered the Word. Music was provided by the Gospel Chorus on this special day, Oct. 2.
    What a Word Pastor Williams delivered.
    This was a great service.
    The Roane County community chorus gave a full concert at Mount Olive Baptist Church Saturday, Oct. 6, in Lenoir City.
    Mary Alice Douglass is president of this great group of singers.

  • Kingston native Coffman to read poetry from new book

    Kingston native Lisa Coffman will be in Knoxville on Oct. 8 for a poetry reading from her new book, “Less Obvious Gods,” published this past spring by Iris Press.  

    The reading will start at 6 p.m. in Union Avenue Books at 517 Union Ave.

    Coffman, a 1981 graduate of Roane County High School, lives in Los Osos, Calif., near the mission town of San Luis Obispo.

    She teaches at California Polytechnic State University.

  • Thanks to The Dream Connection, Keagan Davis gets dream game room

    Twelve-year-old Keagan Davis of Kingston recently had a dream come true, thanks to the East Tennessee children’s charity The Dream Connection.

    Keagan has a rare congenital heart disease. In July, he underwent open heart surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville.

    Keagan was referred to The Dream Connection, a nonprofit organization which grants dreams to children faced with daunting health problems.

  • Writing workshop set

    Cookeville freelance writer and newspaper columnist Jennie Ivey will conduct an all-day writing workshop on “When the Byline Loses Its Thrill: Making Money with the Words You Write” on Nov. 9 in the United Way of Anderson County office at 161 Robertsville Road, Oak Ridge.
    The event is the Tennessee Mountain Writers fall workshop.
    Workshop participants will be taught how to focus on subjects they want to write about and tailor writing to fit markets that pay.

  • Turkey shoot aids South Roane VFD

    South Roane County Volunteer Fire Department will have a fundraising turkey shoot on Oct. 12.
    The shoot will begin at 9 a.m.  at the Renfro Fire Station on River Road, Ten Mile.
    “Of course, no actual turkeys will be shot,” said Administrative Chief Butch Barding. “We shoot at targets, and the shot that gets closest to the target wins the round.”
    Shooting is open to men, women and children.

  • Bobcats roll past Blue Devils, 47-16

     

    Thanks to an open date, it took two weeks before the Oliver Springs could bounce back from their narrow loss to arch rival Coalfield, but Wiley Brackett’s squad put on a show Friday night with an impressive 47-16 victory over Jellico.

  • Jackets no match for Irish

     

    The Knoxville Catholic Fighting Irish brought forth an offensive uprising en route to 51-7 shellacking of the Kingston Yellow Jackets Friday night in Knoxville.