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Today's News

  • OR man charged with child rape

    An Oak Ridge man was arrested for rape of a child by Kingston Police Department Wednesday.

    Christopher Blaine Luffman, 22, 829 W. Vanderbilt Drive, was in custody at the Roane County Jail late last week.

    Jail records show he has a $40,000 bond and court date of April 8.
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    Most people don’t try to make up with a woman the way Warren Everett Dyer of Rockwood allegedly did on March 8.

    According to a warrant, Dyer beat her up after she told him more needed to be done to put their relationship on solid footing.

  • Christopher enjoying March Madness

    Most of Kayla Christopher’s life has centered around the game of basketball, and now the former Oliver Springs star is gearing up for the end of what has been a storybook career, as Christopher’s Chattanooga Lady Mocs are preparing for this weekend’s NCAA Tournament.

  • Tenn. Technology Center ready for SkillsUSA contest

    Tennessee Technology Center at Harriman students have spent the last few weeks competing for this year’s SkillsUSA titles.

    SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together toward ensuring  America has a skilled workforce. Its goal is to help each student excel, and competitions on school, state and national levels aim to assist students in putting their best work forward.

    The Harriman school will be well represented at the state competition this spring in Chattanooga.

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  • Church Calendar: March 16-24

    SATURDAY, MARCH 16
    • A “Give My Regards to Broadway” concert to benefit Kingston United Methodist Church’s All God’s Children ministry will begin at 7 p.m. in the church at 202 Church St. University of Tennessee lecturer Terry Silver-Alford and Mike Adcock, church director of music ministries, will perform piano duets of their arrangements of favorite Broadway melodies. Donations will be accepted.

  • A VIEW FROM LICK SKILLET: Isn’t it time we defended our Western heritage?

    Gentle reader, a few days ago we were reading a book published some years ago the title of which presently escapes us, when we encountered the phrase, “The free world.” Upon reading this phrase, it struck us that this phrase which was once so frequently used, both orally and in writing, has become virtually obsolete.

  • ‘Broadway’ concert boosts Kingston ministry

    “Give My Regards to Broadway,” a concert to benefit Kingston United Methodist Church’s All God’s Children ministry,  will begin at 7 p.m. in the church at 212 W. Church St.

    Donations will be accepted.

    The concert will feature University of Tennessee theater professor Terry Silver-Alford and Mike Adcock, church organist and director of music.

    Silver-Alford teaches musical theatre performance, directing, introduction to theatre and acting at UT.

  • OUR OPINION: Disruptive time changes? Let’s put them to bed

    In Arizona, except for on one or two Indian reservations, the clocks never spring forward or fall back. They stay put all year.

    We should envy those well-rested people, even if daybreak there looms before 5 a.m. at the height of summer.

    Some people are calling for a change to our spring forward-fall back system, allowing the changes begin on Saturday, not Sunday, to give people an extra day to adjust

    We have a more reasonable idea: We’re of the opinion these Draconian time changes should be done away with completely.

  • County native gets statue

    Now in his 90s, former Harriman resident Walter Douglas Smith helmed Francis Marion University from its first days as a state college.

    Recently, the Florence, S.C., school honored him with the unveiling of a statue on its campus.

    Smith was president from when the school opened with little more than 900 enrollees in 1970, until he retired in 1983.

    “I’m very pleased to have been a part, particularly to be there when the doors first opened in 1970. Today it is a very good campus,” Smith said.

  • One more blizzard story: Bringing home baby

    The 1993 blizzard was an important homecoming for one Roane County resident and his parents.

    At noon on the day it started to snow, Ray and Ann Stewart brought their new bundle of joy, Dalton, home from the hospital.

    “That night our power went out, leaving us with no heat or water,” Ann said. “We put our baby in his carrier and covered it with blankets and quilts.”

    The trio headed out into the blizzard at 1 a.m. in their four-wheel-drive truck and headed to the home of her parents, C.J. and Peggy Ragsdale.