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  • GUEST OPINION: Disgusting, yes, but ‘cannibal’s’ thoughts are free

    By CLAY CALVERT

    First Amendment Center

    Cyberspace, perhaps due to the false sense of anonymity it provides, is awash in verbal vomit, offensive diatribes and morbid musings.

    But that doesn’t necessarily mean that the sordid speech in question always falls outside the confines of the First Amendment safeguard of free expression. That was made abundantly clear recently.

  • The Garden Gate: It yam what it yam, but it's no sweet potato

    There has long been great controversy about whether yams and sweet potatoes are the same — or whether they are two different things.

    The argument consists of two different opinions, equally adamant.

    Some research into the matter is most clearly indicated.

    Webster’s Dictionary is a good place to start. It says that sweet potatoes are large, sweet, thick tuberous roots of a tropical vine related to the morning glory, with variously shaped leaves and purple flowers.

  • OR to dismantle bldg. with Friendship Bell

    Beginning the week of July 28, the city of Oak Ridge will begin dismantling the International Friendship Bell House in Bissell Park.

    Earlier this spring, the city commissioned a structural evaluation of the bell house to determine the extent of suspected water damage to the supporting beams.

    The evaluation determined the majority of the structure, which was holding the 8,000-pound Friendship Bell, was beyond repair.

  • Author Peyton to speak at Thursday Night at Library

    East Tennessee author Cheryl Peyton will be the guest speaker at Kingston Public Library’s “Thursday Night at the Library” on July 24.

    The event starts at 6 p.m. in the library at 1004 Bradford Way.

    Peyton will be discussing her four books, with particular attention to her thriller, “Six Minutes to Midnight,” set in Oak Ridge.

  • Register now for AARP Smart Driver course

    An eight-hour AARP driver safety class in Roane County next month offers area senior citizens a refresher course on driving and an update on rules of the road.

    The new two-day AARP Smart Driver course will be from noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 18-19 in Kingston Community Center.

    The course has been updated from those previously taught.

    Course participants will be taught to adjust to age-related physical changes; reduce incidents of violations and accidents; and update driving skills and rules of the road in a stress-free environment.

  • Judge candidates to speak during Thursday forum

    The Roane County Republican Women will host a forum on July 24 for candidates running for circuit court judge of the 9th Judicial District and Roane County Commission Districts 1, 2 and 3.

    The forum will begin at 7 p.m. in the Michael Dunn Center at 629 Gallaher Road, Kingston.

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

    Each candidate will have two minutes for opening remarks.

    Audience members will be given index cards on which to write questions for the candidates.

  • Marriage licenses: Jan. 1-July 9, 2014

    Marriage licenses granted at the Roane County Courthouse Jan. 1-July 9:

    • Joel Wesley Hicks to Anna Maria White King, both of Kingston.

    • Billie Glen Adcox to Monuela Alan Rodriguez, both of Harriman.

    • Robert Lee Stout Jr. to Katherine Renee Evans, both of Kingston.

    • William Matthew Langley to Melissa Ann Scandlyn Lemons, both of Harriman.

    • Samuel Slater Delozier, Whitesburg, Ga., to Lindsey Elise Henry, Carrollton, Ga.

  • Habitat begins construction on 34th Roane home

    Roane County Habitat for Humanity has started building its 34th house in the county on Hope Circle in Kingston.

    Since 1992, Roane County Habitat has built houses for families in need of adequate or affordable housing.

    A selection process identifies families that have both the need for better housing and the ability to make the monthly zero-interest mortgage payments.

    The families then partner with Habitat by donating time to build Habitat homes, and they participate in home ownership training.

  • THP license, sobriety checkpoints slated

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol is planning to conduct driver license and sobriety checkpoints on Roane County roads in late July and through August.

    A driver license roadside safety checkpoint will be the week of July 27 on Pansy Hill Road at Swan Pond Road.

    Another driver license roadside safety checkpoint will be the week of Aug. 10 on Fiske Heights Road east of the railroad tracks.

    Sobriety roadside safety checkpoints are planned for late August.

    The first will be the week of Aug. 24 on Hwy. 70 at Swan Pond Road.

  • Get ready to save during tax holiday

    Tennessee’s annual sales tax-free holiday is coming up on Aug. 1-3.

    The annual holiday provides parents an opportunity to get needed back-to-school supplies and clothing, but the savings are available to Tennesseans of all ages, said state Sen. Ken Yager.

    “This sales tax holiday is very beneficial to parents by helping with a lot of the back-to-school expenses incurred at this time of year,” the Kingston Republican said.