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Today's News

  • Fewer predicted to travel during Thanksgiving holiday

    AAA projects 43.4 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

    That’s a decrease of 1.5 percent from the 44 million people who traveled last year. This decrease falls just shy of last Thanksgiving’s four-year peak since the recession-driven declines in 2008-09, when Thanksgiving travel fell by 25 percent.

    The Thanksgiving holiday travel period is defined as Wednesday, Nov. 27, to Monday, Dec. 2.

  • Sevier Drive’s Ladies Inspiration Day focuses on retooling of modern women

    “Retooling the Christian Women in the 21st Century,” based on Ephesians 6:10-20, was the theme of the 38th annual Ladies Inspiration Day at Sevier Drive Church of Christ, Harriman.

    The morning began with registration and brunch.

    Armelia Williams of Chattanooga’s Shepherd Church of Christ was the guest speaker.

    She touched on numerous points that one can do to retool her Christian faith, including prayer, righteous walking, trust in one another, supplication and peace.

  • Edgewood Baptist honoring the Rev. Grant Carter

    Edgewood Independent Baptist Church, Kingston, will have a special service at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 24 to honor the 58-year ministry of the Rev. Grant R. Carter.

    The church is at 750 Gallaher Road.

    Born Aug. 27, 1926, in Temple, Ga., Carter moved to Harriman in 1948.

    There, he married Jean Hurst, and the couple had four children.

    He has four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

    Carter is a World War II veteran who served in the Philippines and Japan.

  • Dyllis Springs Elementary honors: First nine weeks' grading period

    Dyllis Springs Elementary School, Oliver Springs, applauds students who earned placement on its honor rolls and other achievements for the first nine weeks grading period.

    They are:
    A HONOR ROLL
    Gabe Brown, Deagan Jones, Caleb Corbin, Sophia Freels, Gavin Green, Emilee Miller, Christine Chaston, Jackson Frazier, Ella Hampton, Kelby Castleberry, Brady Goodman, Jacob Patterson, Allie Simpson, Jacob Hileman, Taylor Jones, Zechariah Zeiglar, Cooper Watkins, Jace Tedder, Ivy Reed and Destiney Stepp.

  • Midway Elementary, Rockwood Middle awarded health grants

    United Healthcare Community Plan of Tennessee recently awarded Adopt-A-School program grants to Roane County’s Midway Elementary School and Rockwood Middle School.

    Through the program, each school will receive a $3,000 “mini-grant” to support a program or event that relates to the health of children and families.

    Midway will use the grant funding to establish a Bike Club for students.

  • Midway October students of month honored

    Midway Elementary School principal Tim Thompson, far left in back row, and assistant principal Jennifer Spakes, far right in back row, recently honored the school’s October students of the month.

    They are, by grade order, Cruz Woody, Hal’e Eaton, Kyleigh Cawood, R.J. Creswell, Jennifer Moore, Annie Moser, Isabella Roberts, Jasmine Meza, Abigail Patterson, Cheyenne Branson, John Kevorkian, Joey Berryhill, Kayla Peach, Gracie Schommer, Josie Massengill, Devin Varner, Dalton Bacon, Shelby Green, Shealeigh Moses and Brooke Willett.

  • Get a glimpse of the past at Harriman Christmas Tour

    The spirit of Christmas is upon us — and what better way to feel the love of the season than to share with others.

    On Dec. 14-15, Harriman residents will open their homes to guests for the 23rd annual Christmas Home Tour and Tea.

    Guests will be able to get a glimpse into the past as they tour seven Victorian-era homes with the glorious architecture of days gone by.

    The style and craftsmanship of the homes represented are from 1890s-1920s time period.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Dr. Rywell’s Tenn. apple stack cake re-visited

    Gentle reader, there comes a time when repeating oneself is no longer repetition but a tradition.

    Thus it is with our annual holiday column about our beloved Tennessee Apple Stack Cake, also known in this area as “Fruit Cake.” As we have said many times before, what is being offered in some grocery stores as apple stack cake is not our Tennessee Apple Stack Cake.

  • Russell hopes to improve DUI prosecution results

    DUI prosecutions could ramp up in the 9th Judicial District.

    The District Attorney General’s Office now has a DUI prosecutor and DUI coordinator, thanks to a federal highway/transportation safety grant.

    “It funds the prosecutor and coordinator positions and is renewable annually,” District Attorney General Russell Johnson said. “The majority of Tennessee districts have them, and others have had them for years.”

  • Judge Simmons to retire in 2014

    Circuit Court Judge Russell E. Simmons Jr. announced he’s decided to retire after 23 years.

    “I want to thank the citizens of Loudon, Meigs, Morgan and Roane counties for the opportunity to serve as your Circuit Court Judge since Sept. 1, 1990. Since I now desire to pursue other interests and spend more time with my family, I do not intend to seek re-election in 2014,” Simmons announced in a statement this week.