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Today's News

  • The Garden Gate: Ashes literally mark the beginning of Lent

    By Ellen Probert Williamson
    The beginning of Lent, Ash Wednesday, falls on Feb. 22 this year.

    Churches across the country observe this day with special services that  usually culminate with the marking of a cross with ashes on the foreheads of the faithful.

    The ashes used for these ceremonies of devotion are traditionally those resulting from the burning of palms left from the previous year’s Palm Sunday observance.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Feb. 22

    25 Years Ago
    A harmless-looking hole appeared in the back parking lot of Rockwood High School. It was later determined to be about a 28-foot-deep drop that some joked “carries boats to the Lost Sea.” Water Department Superintendent Curtis Early was willing to bet the hole was an ore mine. “We’ve filled these up all over town,” he said.

    10 Years Ago

  • Decision 2012: Dates to Note in This Election Year
  • RSCC training center sets Feb. 28 info session

    Anyone interested in Roane State Community College’s Advanced Materials Training and Education Center — a no-cost, high-tech training program for those who are unemployed or underemployed — is welcome to attend an upcoming informational meeting at the college’s Oak Ridge cam-pus.

    The meeting will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 28 in Room C-119 of the Oak Ridge campus at 701 Briarcliff Ave.

  • Lions work to help girl maintain her sight

    Members of the Kingston and Harriman Lions clubs, together with support from officers of District 12N of Lions Clubs International, are working together to offer support to a Rockwood girl fighting against a rare disease to maintain her eyesight.

    Emilie Gregg, 6, has been diagnosed with hypoplasminogenemia, an incurable blood disease.  

  • Madeline marks 90th with family

    Madeline Lucille Hill Moates celebrated her 90th birthday on Jan. 9 with her family in Ruby Tuesday, Harriman.

    She was born Jan. 9, 1922, in Auburn, Maine.

    She and her husband of 56 years, the late James F. Moates, had four children. There are also nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

    Attending the birthday party were her daughter, Becky Thomas; her oldest son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Debbie Moates;

  • Goad-Greene

    Dennis and Vickie Goad of Robbins announce the forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Amanda, to Seth Greene.

    He is the son of Doug and Cathy Greene of Kingston.

    A March ceremony is planned.

    The bride-elect’s grandparents are Loretta Hamby of Robbins and the late Tim Hamby, and the late Bessie Goad.

    A registered nurse with Parkwest Medical Center, Knoxville, she is a graduate of Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, and is pursuing a degree to become a nurse practitioner.

  • GUEST OPINION: Unnecessary profanity law has no place

    By KEN PAULSON
    First Amendment Center
    An odd piece of legislation has been introduced in the Arizona Legislature that would discipline public school teachers for using profanity in the classroom.

    It’s unusual on a couple of fronts.

    First of all, there doesn’t seem to be any widespread problem in Arizona with profane teachers. Secondly, the bill uses the standards of the Federal Communications Commission’s indecency restrictions.

  • Nuts & Bolts by Terri Likens, Editor: Suicide — should we report on it or not

    Recently, a well-liked and fairly well-known Roane Countian committed suicide.

    The person was found in her vehicle in the parking lot where she worked.

    One area newspaper ran a news story. We simply ran the obituary.

    Who was right?

    Who knows.

    How and when to cover suicide — someone’s last act of desperation — is one of the most debated topics in journalism.

    Many news outlets believe it is a private affair. To minimize the pain and suffering to survivors, they simply run an obituary.

  • Crowning Miss Valentine