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Today's News

  • Griffith belts one for Vols

    Dianne Griffith has entertained with her powerful pipes before.

    It wasn’t until recently that she sang for a crowd at Thompson Bolling Arena in Knoxville, however.

    Griffith, who performs with the Roane County Choral Society and the Knoxville Opera Company, sang The Star-Spangled Banner on Nov. 8, when the University of Tennessee’s Lady Vols soundly defeated Union University in exhibition play.

    More than 11,000 fans were in the stands.

  • County officials pass ambulance rate increase

    Roane County commissioners Bobby Collier and Nick Forrester represent the same district.

    Forrester said constituents flooded him with calls urging him to oppose a rate increase for ambulance service.
    Collier, on the other hand, said he didn’t receive any such calls.

    The contrast may have explained their votes.

    Saying he thought the rate increase made good business sense, Collier voted in favor of the rate increase, which passed by a 10-5 vote at Monday’s commission meeting.  

  • Looseleaf laureate by Terri Likens: It’s time to list the things I’m thankful for

    With several gloomy days behind us and the calendar’s darkest month looming ahead, it’s easy to feel a little bummed about winter.

    I work to avoid the winter blues, usually with activity and sometimes with mind games.

    For instance, I remind myself that by the time Christmas gets here, the days will already be growing longer again.
    This December has a slightly gloomier edge to it.

  • Harriman’s TubaChristmas concert Dec. 3

    Merry TubaChristmas is celebrating its 38th anniversary. Created by Harvey Phillips, Merry Tuba Christmas 2011 concerts will be presented in more than 250 cities throughout the United States and in several foreign countries.
    Phillips was inspired to create Tuba Christmas as an annual event honoring his teacher, the late tubist William J. Bell, who was born on Christmas Day in 1902.  
    Every Christmas season, tuba and euphonium players of all ages gather to pay respects to Bell and all the great artists and teachers who represent their heritage.  

  • Feel the glow from Kingston Christmas lights

    Christmas should be a little brighter on Kingston’s main streets this season — thanks to a set of new holiday decor lights.

    The city council bit the bullet earlier this year and purchased energy-saving LED lights in the form of twinkly snowflakes and sparkly, candy-cane-stuffed stockings.

    The cost of Christmas lighting had the city thinking of turning off the old lights for a big part of the Christmas season. That seemed to make everyone involved sad.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen: Charles Holiway offers common sense plan

    We were pleased to see Damon Lawrence’s front page article in Monday’s issue of the News entitled “Enforcing ID law to be a matter of trust at the polls.”

    This article arose from that abominable act of the legislature requiring government issued photo identification documents in order to exercise that most fundamental of Americans’ birthrights, the right to vote.

    In case you missed it, Damon’s first paragraph read thusly:

  • Princess preservation gets honored

    The effort to reclaim the majesty of Harriman’s Princess Theater continues to draw praise from those passionate about preservation.

    This time the East Tennessee Preservation Alliance announced that Harriman’s effort was a winner of the 2011 East Tennessee Preservation Award.

    The alliance named the award winners on Nov. 11 at Jonesborough’s International Storytelling Center, a part of the 2011 East Tennessee Preservation Conference held in Tennessee’s oldest town.

  • Reduced bond denied for backseat bandit

    Michael D. Buttram expressed his displeasure with a $25,000 bond on a charge of aggravated robbery, and asked Roane County General Sessions Court Judge Dennis Humphrey to lower it on Monday.

    “What I would like to know is something about your background and why you should get a reduced bond,” Humphrey told Buttram.

    After Buttram finished telling the judge some things about himself, the prosecutor asked court clerk Jennifer Melton to read off Buttram’s criminal history.

    “He’s got a theft of property,” Melton said.

  • Going for the Gold

     

    C.G. Sexton of Harriman waits to have his coins examined by THR & Associates at the Holiday Inn Express last month. The price of gold, silver and other metals have many people cashing in.

  • Harriman joins pain clinic skeptics

    Harriman may join a growing list of communities putting a moratorium on pain clinics until the state enacts a crackdown.

    A moratorium “would stop us from issuing any business permits for pain clinics,” Mayor Chris Mason said at a workshop on Tuesday. “It is just a temporary ban, and I think it’s a big issue.”

    Mason wants to schedule a meeting in order to discuss a moratorium resolution.