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Today's News

  • Who are you going to vote for?

    Eight people have filed to run for two county offices in next year’s election.
    The deadline was noon Thursday.
    The race for property assessor is the most-crowded with five people in the running.
    The group includes incumbent Teresa Kirkham, Cheryl L. Laxton, David Morgan, Steven Robinette and J.T. Woods.
    Kirkham faced just one opponent — Robinette — when she ran for re-election in 2008.
    She won that race handily.
    Road Superintendent Tom Hamby has decided to not seek re-election.

  • Students give voice

    About an hour before the fifth- to 12th-grade 4-H Public Speaking Contest Tuesday, nervous students over their speeches in one of the courtrooms at the Roane County Courthouse.
    Parents tried to help.
    “I told her to look in the back over everybody’s heads and pretend they’re not there,” Beverly Harvey said she advised her daughter, Ridge View Elementary student Samantha Harvey.
    Harvey spoke on Oak Ridge and the history of the Secret City during the Manhattan Project.

  • Santa Claus coming to Roane County Courthouse

    Santa Claus will be visiting the Roane County Courthouse in Kingston on Thursday, Dec. 15, from 1 to 4 p.m. 
    He will be on the first floor, and all children are welcome to come by and see him and tell him what they want for Christmas. His visit is sponsored by Roane County Sheriff’s Office and Juvenile Court Department.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: ’Tis the season to be busy, fa-la-lal-la-la ....

    It seems we’re all busy people, but for me, this past week has been a full-tilt blur.
    Let me summarize — if I can remember it all:
    • Monday: Three newspaper meetings (a fourth was canceled), a quick run to the dermatologist in Knoxville for a look at a sun-damaged spot on my nose and then a CASA race committee meeting after work, followed by a post-sundown walk with the yahoos (my dogs).

  • Harriman Christmas Tour in 21st year

    Celebrate the holidays in The Town That Temperance Built during the Harriman Christmas Tour this weekend.

    Now in its 21st year, the tour spotlighting Victorian homes and historic buildings will be from noon to 6 p.m. Dec. 10 and from 1 to 6 p.m. Dec. 11.

    Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for ages 6-12; ages 5 and younger are admitted free.

  • Historic Harriman library again part of tour’s route

    The historic Harriman Public Library continues its tradition this weekend as a mainstay on the city’s Christmas Tour.

    The library and a gift shop will be open during tour hours — from noon to 6 p.m. Dec. 10 and from 1 to 6 p.m. Dec. 11.

    The library, one of 2,509 libraries built with funds provided by steel magnate and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, has been in Harriman for more than 100 years as a place of learning and enrichment.

  • Electron microscope inspires RSCC students

    One look with the electron microscope raised a half dozen questions for Roane State Community College student Ethan Brown of Lenoir City.

    Brown’s questions are exactly what RJ Lee Group representatives had in mind when the firm donated a scanning electron microscope to Roane State.

  • Berea honors Harriman native

    Harriman native Clay Rivers and his wife, Linda, are the recipients of Berea College’s 2011 Alumni Loyalty Award.

    The honor is given to alumni who have given outstanding service to and demonstrated loyal interest in the Berea, Ky.-based college.

    Rivers earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Berea College in 1961. Later, he earned his master’s and doctorate degrees in clinical psychology from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.

  • Photographer to share works and testimony Sunday

    Renowned photographer Bill Fortney will present his art and testimony at 6 p.m. Dec. 11 in Morrison Hill Christian Church, Kingston.

    Fortney worked as a professional photographer for many years and now is a self-described “very serious amateur.” He works for Nikon as a professional services tech representative and has worked at space shuttle launches, air races, air shows, The PGA Masters and Championships, NASCAR races, the Kentucky Derby and the Breeder’s Cup.

  • Quartjar heads to Noisy Nights

    The electro-acoustic progressive blues rock band Quartjar will usher in the holidays during the Noisy Nights finale at American Museum of Science and Energy on Dec. 17.

    Admission is free to the program, which is from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Pizza by the slice will be offered for sale, and Oak Ridge Garden Club will decorate the lobby for the event.

    The family friendly evening event features Randall Brown on guitar and vocals, Malcolm Norman on bass and Tory Flanniken on drums and harmonica.