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Today's News

  • Manhattan Project park status to be discussed at lunch

    Don Barger, senior regional director of the Southeast Regional Office of the National Parks Conservation Association, will be the guest speaker at Oak Ridge League of Women Voters’ next Lunch with the League.

    The meeting starts at noon Jan. 15 in the social hall of Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church at 1500 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

    Barger will discuss the state of the national parks, political and financial ramifications, the status of the Manhattan Project Historical Park, and issues facing the national park sys-tem.

  • GUEST OPINION: Elvis still icon in freedom of expression

    By KEN PAULSON
    President, First Amendment Center
    Last Tuesday would have been Elvis Presley’s 78th birthday, and he’s being widely hailed this week for his musical career.

    But it’s also worth noting that Presley was a singular figure in terms of free expression, pushing the envelope while the authorities inevitably pushed back.

    Elvis’ early career was almost a constant test of free speech.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Which do you serve, America or Israel?

    Gentle reader, public discourse in this great republic may be approaching a crisis point, and if not, a boiling point.

    This state of affairs arises from the President’s action in attempting to fill certain cabinet vacancies, especially the Department of Defense and the Central Intelligence Agency.

    He has named long-time C.I.A. operative John Brennan to head that agency, and former Republican Senator from Nebraska, Chuck Hagel to be Secretary of Defense.

  • Meth labs busy despite new laws

    Methamphetamine production continues in small laboratories in Tennessee and elsewhere around the country in spite of new laws regulating and tracking the sale of pharmacy products used to manufacture the illegal drug.

    That is one of the findings of a report released this week by the Comptroller’s Offices of Research and Education Accountability about attempts to control access to legal products sold at pharmacies which are later used to create methamphetamine.

  • Officer who saved infant honored

    A Harriman police officer acted quickly to save the life of a choking infant last month.

    His employers took notice.

    Michael Wesley Cox was honored for his work this month with a medal of commendation and lifesaving ribbon.

    “Officer Cox cleared the child’s airway by turning her over and slapping her on the back three times,” Harriman Mayor Chris Mason said, reading the commendation Cox received.

    Cox received the call about the 3-week-old infant choking on Bennett Circle on the evening of Dec. 6.

  • New Y-12 complex operator named

    The National Nuclear Security Administration announced Tuesday that Consolidated Nuclear Security LLC has been selected as the new management and operating contractor for the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge.

    The NNSA said the move will save $3.27 billion in taxpayer dollars over the next decade.

  • Councilman seeks cleanup reimbursement

    Harriman City Councilman J.D. Sampson is tired of cleaning up properties and rarely seeing the money for that cleanup quickly returned to the city.

    He was so fed up last year he asked that action be taken to quickly collect on the lien at 316 Carter St., setting a timeline to take further action after 90 days.

    The city tore down the burned-out building at a cost of  $15,000 in 2011.  It’s been more than his proposed 90 days, but Sampson is determined to get that money back.

  • Blue Devils split with Greenback

    The Harriman Blue Devils snapped a three-game losing streak Tuesday night by going on the road and knocking off Greenback, 75-61.

  • Jackets sting Scott

    The Kingston Lady Jackets desperately needed a shot of confidence after a rocky season in district competition. On Tuesday night, they got that confidence-booster with a convincing 50-30 road win over the Scott Lady Highlanders. 

  • Mt. Pisgah knocks off Maryville Christian, 59-49

    The Mt. Pisgah Christian Academy Patriots hosted Maryville Christian Tuesday and picked up a split against the Eagles and Lady Eagles.

    In the girls game, Mt. Pisgah held a three-point lead after three periods of play, but couldn’t hold on down the stretch as Maryville Christian picked up a 53-44 victory.