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Today's News

  • Sanders’ gun pawn trial delayed

    The government claims to have video footage of Timothy Wayne Sanders pawning guns at a pawn shop.

    A convicted felon, Sanders is not allowed to possess firearms.

    The Rockwood man was indicted by a federal grand jury on Aug. 6, 2013, on two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

    His trial was scheduled to start next week at the federal courthouse in Knoxville, but the judge overseeing the case granted his attorney’s request for a continuance.

    The new trial date is set for April 15.

  • Jail time gets more educational

    Officials with the Roane County Sheriff’s Office have clamped down on what inmates can watch on TV at the county jail.

    “It’s limited to the channels that we’re letting them watch,” Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said.

    Instead of the inmates having carte blanche access to all available offerings, Phillips said they have been limited to educational channels.

    “It is jail, and we at least want them to try to learn something,” he said. “I think the Discovery and History channels can help that process.”

  • Growing up radioactive in Oak Ridge

    The Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association’s Jan. 9 meeting will feature former Tennessee state archaeologist Nick Fielder.

    Fielder will present the slide-illustrated lecture “Growing Up Radioactive in Oak Ridge: My Adventures from 1951 to 1976.”

    The lecture will be at the American Museum of Science and Energy at 7 p.m.

  • Connecting home and school through math
  • The Garden Gate: You should give a fig about these fruits and spices

    No one in the Middle Ages could have imagined the freezers and refrigerators we take for granted.

    But they created wonderful pastries in their kitchens and stillrooms. But when one thinks about it, a whole world of exotic happenings opens up.

    Dates and figs were carried by caravan across the deserts and brought to Europe in sailing ships. They were in great demand, even though they were expensive.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Jan. 1

    25 Years Ago
    Roane County’s first baby of 1989 made his appearance at 8:55 a.m. Jan. 3. Ian Joseph Hiestand weighed 5 pounds, 1 ounce, and was born in Baptist Hospital of Roane County (formerly Chamberlain Memorial Hospital), Rockwood. Parents Robert and Lisa Hiestand both worked at Chase Instruments. Grandparents of the New Year baby were Robert and Jane Lawson of Rockwood, and Tom and Marjorie Hiestand of Kingston.

  • Preservation group shows interest in Harriman area

    The interest was quite strong during a recent visit from the East Tennessee Preservation Alliance Group as its members toured downtown Harriman and the Cornstalk Heights area of the city.

    The group, made up of preservationists, real estate developers and Knoxville city officials, walked Roane Street admiring the architecture of the historic buildings.

    Of particularly interested was the Annex Building (corner property at Queen Street) and the Tennessee Hardware building next to the Annex building.

  • Kingston’s top Christmas decorators honored

    Kingston Parks and Recreation Department recently presented awards for top Christmas decorations in the city.

    Winning the residential award was the Henderson home on Calvin Street.

    Sassy Kutz is the recipient of the commercial award.

  • GUEST OPINION: Kid’s speech on religion gets it right, despite adults

    By CHARLES C. HAYNES
    First Amendment Center
    When children speak the truth, adults often squirm and shut them up.

    That’s apparently what happened to Zachary Golob-Drake last week after he delivered a speech entitled “In the Name of Religion” to his fifth grade class in Tampa, Fla.

    The teacher initially applauded Zachary’s speech, awarding him first prize and an opportunity to compete to represent his school at the regional 4-H Tropicana Public Speech Contest.

    But school officials had second thoughts.

  • Midway takes 4th in Jon Loden Holiday Classic

     The Midway Green Wave got off to a great start in the 2013 Jon Loden Holiday Classic on Friday when they knocked off Loudon in overtime, 83-80.

    The rest of the tournament did go so well, however, as Midway dropped a 73-59 decision against Upperman on Saturday, and then Dade County, Ga. rocked the Green Wave on Monday, 101-63.