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Today's News

  • Births: May 8-June 11, 2014

    Babies born at Methodist Medical Center, Oak Ridge, to Roane County parents:
    May 8 — Brandy and Matthew Hunter, Oliver Springs. A girl, Ivory Rosemarie, 9 pounds, 1 ounce. Grandparents: Peggy Silvey; James Silvey; Teresa Jenkins, Randall Campbell; Victoria Toomey.

    May 9 —Aubrey Bentz, Kingston. A girl, Autum Gracelynn, 9 pounds, 0 ounces. Grandparents: Teresa Davis; Michael Bentz.

  • County executive hopefuls to take part in forum

    Roane County Republican Women will continue its series of forums this week when the group hears from candidates for county executive.

    Incumbent Ron Woody and challenger Mike Farmer will participate in the forum, which begins at 7 p.m. June 26 in Michael Dunn Center at 629 Gallaher Road, Kingston.

    Candidates for public defender and Roane County Commission Districts 4, 5, 6 and 7 will also take part in the forum.

    The moderator will introduce those involved in the forum, explain the ground rules and introduce the candidates.

  • Rockwood 2000 plans Patriots Day ceremony

    Rockwood 2000 will have a Patriots Day ceremony from 9 to 10 a.m. Sept. 11 at Homecoming Park in downtown Rockwood.

    Military veterans, emergency personnel and community individuals will be honored, and a special tribute is planned for those who perished on Sept. 11, 2001.

    Special guest speakers and patriotic musical entertainment are planned.

    The event will also include a dedication of Memory Lane paver bricks.

    The bricks are offered at a special reduced price through Aug. 5.

  • Kingston library offering two free computer classes

    Kingston Public Library will have free Saturday computer classes June 28 through July.

    A Microsoft Word class will be from 9:30-10:25 a.m., with a PowerPoint class from 10:30-11:25 a.m.

    Seating is limited; call 376-9905.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of June 25

    25 Years Ago

  • Atomic Blast to benefit Free Medical Clinic

    Tickets are now on sale for the Atomic Blast, Oak Ridge’s one-of-a-kind fundraiser for the Free Medical Clinic of Oak Ridge.

    The fundraiser will be on Aug. 16 in the Parish Life Center of St. Mary’s Church at 327 Vermont Ave., Oak Ridge.

    The evening will include dinner, dancing to live entertainment, live and silent auctions, and a “celebrity dance contest.”

    Included with wine and beer for purchase will be the new “Atomic Blast Signature Drink.”

  • THP license, seat belt checkpoints slated

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol is planning to conduct driver’s license and safety belt roadside checkpoints the week of June 29 in Roane County.

    A driver license roadside safety checkpoint will be on Hwy. 70 at Caney Creek Road.

    The safety belt roadside checkpoint will be on Interstate 40 westbound at the 340-mile-marker offramp.

    During the driver license checkpoint, troopers will concentrate their efforts on vehicles operated by drivers who violate the driver license laws of Tennessee.

  • The Garden Gate: Stock up, chow down on celery for the health of it

    We think of celery as an ingredient in soups, salads and snacks.

    Amazingly, it is mentioned repeatedly in the Bible as a remedy for some serious health problems. It has held an important place in medical use since about 500 B.C., when it was part of the pharmacopeia of ancient Egypt.

    Celery is mentioned a number of times in the Talmud, the 39 books of Biblical commentary dating from the 1st century, as a remedy for infections and tumors, as well as a cure for gout.

  • Tuesday is Dessert Bridge Day

    A number of area women have met for several years for Dessert Bridge Day each Tuesday afternoon.

    The members of this group include, from left, Sue Nunley, Peggy Cook, Louise Shipwash, Sydney Woodfin, Carol Poston, Anne Barre, Luci Bell and Anne Horner.

    Poston, standing, was hostess for a recent event, and she served a pineapple cream cheese pie with a crumbled pretzel crust.

  • OUR OPINION: Kingston battle one needing introspection

    It’s hard to blame the residents of the Davis and Dogwood drive neighborhoods in Kingston for feeling sucker-punched.

    Dogwood Drive residents have enjoyed an almost-forgotten paradise of tree-lined streets, woods and — for some of them — waterfront.

    It’s a mature neighborhood populated with current and retired Oak Ridge Reservation scientists and workers.