Today's News

  • Mr. & Mrs. Hall 60th

    Mr. and Mrs. Luther S. Hall of Oliver Springs are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary today, Oct. 31.

    Hall and the former Dorothy Sisson were married on Oct. 31, 1952, in Oliver Springs First Baptist Church.

  • Margaret Rae “Maggie” Murrell

    Margaret Rae “Maggie” Murrell was born Oct. 11 in Medina, Ohio.

    She weighed 7 pounds, 11 ounces and was 19 inches long.

    She is the daughter of Christopher G. and Whitney Julian Murrell of Medina.

    Grandparents are Homer Julian of Rockwood and the late Carol Julian, and Gene and Ginny Murrell of Spring City.

    Great-grandmother is Ruby Julian of Harriman.

    Maggie has a 3-year-old brother, Charlie.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Oct. 31

    25 Years Ago
    Best-selling author and columnist Erma Bom-beck was in Oak Ridge for a book signing. La-

  • Special wall pays homage to veterans

    About 30 percent of Victorian Square’s residents are veterans, and the assisted-living facility in Rockwood has developed a special wall to honor them.

    “We are blessed to have so many people living with us who served our country,” said Kelly Gibson, Victorian Square’s director of business development. “We want to show appreciation for them on a daily basis. This wall serves that purpose.”

  • Free driver safety course offered for vets in November

    In recognition of the dedication and service veterans have given to this country, they and their families are offered opportunities to take the AARP Driver Safety Training Course for free in November.

    The promotional offer is available to all military personnel who serve or have served in the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, National Guard/Reserves or Coast Guard.

    Dependents, including spouses/domestic partners, widows/widowers and children, are also eligible to take advantage of this promotion.

  • The Garden Gate: Fearsome plants haunt us all the year through

    Fearsome plants abound in Halloween lore and call to mind the legend of a poison garden rumored to have been part of the estate of Italy’s famous Borgia family in the 16th century, a time when poisoning was the preferred way of dealing with enemies and worrisome competitors.

  • GUEST OPINION: Mug shot sites show complexity of freedom, law

    First Amendment Center
    You can’t put a price on justice — but some are trying to charge a fee to fix what others call an injustice.

    There’s nothing good about getting arrested, even if the charges are dismissed or you’re found innocent at trial. The same goes for having a “mug shot” — a photo made at a jail or holding area — taken and filed with a county lockup or police department, complete with ID information.

  • Artificial cave could save Tenn. bats

    The Nature Conservancy
    Halloween conjures frightening images of bats emerging from dark caves looking for human blood.

    In reality, as the trick-or-treating begins, bats are settling into caves where they’ll hibernate for the winter and face something far scarier.

    White-nose syndrome, a deadly disease caused by the fungus Geomyces destructans, affects hibernating bats and has killed more than 5.5 million across 19 states since 2006.

  • Roane stays out of storm cleanup — for now

    The head of Roane County’s Office of Emergency Services said it’s not yet clear whether it will be needed for assistance in the wake of a superstorm in the northeast.

    “Right now we’re in a coordinating and monitoring phase, kind of waiting until storms pass by to see what they are getting,” said director Howie Rose.

    Rose said local officials are having daily operation briefings.

    Rose said regions have been put on standby, particularly the regions neighboring those most likely to be affected.

  • Huffing driver causes accident

    When Harriman police were sent to an accident with injury at 3:43 p.m. on Oct. 25, they were told a caller said the driver was trying to leave and still huffing on a can of something.

    The police report said the woman was attempting to get out of the van while an emergency worker was holding her neck still for the possibility of injury.

    Reports identified the female as Brandie Rae Foster, 33, and that she admitted she had been inhaling a chemical propellant.

    Police said she lost control of the vehicle and cut across into oncoming traffic.