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Today's News

  • Syrian pastor to speak in Kingston

    The Rev. Butros Zaour, a pastor of the Evangelical Church of Damascus, Syria, will speak in Bethel Presbyterian Church, Kingston, at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 3.
    The presentation is part of the Presbyterian Church (USA) International Peacemakers Program.
    Zaour was born in the northern Syrian town of Aleppo.
    He graduated from the American College, Aleppo, and obtained his divinity degree from the Near East School of Theology in Beirut, Lebanon.

  • Harriman Happenings Sept. 30

    Sincere sympathy to Glenn Hickman and other loved ones in the recent passing of Glenn’s mother, who lived in Asheville, N.C.
    She was the wife of the late Rev. Hickman, a former pastor of New Century United Methodist Church. Services are incomplete at this writing.
    We express our deepest sympathy to Mary Jane and Kenneth Brown and all family members in the recent passing of their 3-year-old grandson in Memphis.

  • $1 million to go toward housing mentally ill

    UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Tennessee is allocating $1 million in grant funding to increase housing options available for Tennesseans who suffer from mental illness.
    “Without a place to call home, people who suffer from mental illness can get caught in a pattern of staying in hospitals, shelters and even the criminal justice system,” said Scott A. Bowers, CEO of UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Tennessee.

  • Bowman tells story of American Revolutionary War hero

     

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Even Marie Antoinette didn’t say let them starve!

    As long time readers of this column may recall, we dislike too early engagement in holidays.

    For instance, there are already Halloween decorations which are beginning to look shop worn and disheveled, even though it is more than a month until we reach All Hallows Eve, and there are stores that have already put Christmas things on display, almost three months early, however, we have decided that the most apt introduction to this week’s column is from that Charles Dickens classic, “A Christmas Carol.”

  • GUEST OPINION: Stills honored for free speech through music

    By KEN PAULSON
    First Amendment Center
    In the 221 years since ratification of the Bill of Rights, Americans have had the right to speak out. And sing out.

    In recognition of the power of free speech set to music, the First Amendment Center and the Americana Music Association join together each year to honor a prominent musician who has used his or her music to contribute to the markeplace of ideas.  

  • Vandy to continue major research on vaccines, treatment

    Vanderbilt Vaccine Research Program has received a contract from the National Institutes of Health to continue its work as one of the nation’s Vaccine and Treatment Evaluation Units.
    Vanderbilt is one of nine institutions that have the potential to receive funding up to $135 million per year from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the NIH, over a seven-year period.

  • Rockwood official claims inspector-hiring illegal

    Rockwood City Councilwoman Peggy Evans expressed her suspicions of Sunshine Law violations during a vote that established Harold Ishman as a part-time building inspector.
    When the resolution was put to the vote to hire Ishman, a former Rockwood City Council member, Evans disapproved.
    She also made the accusation that council members were asked in advance if they would vote for Ishman.
    “In fact, I want to file breaking of the Sunshine law,” Evans said.

  • Harriman considers charter changes

    A city manager form of government is again being discussed in Harriman.
    Councilman Ken Mynatt said he’d talked to the area state legislators, who told him they should get any charter change proposals to the state as soon as possible.
    “Time is kind of of the essence,” Councilman Lonnie Wright agreed.
    Councilman Buddy Holley got input from council members, which he incorporated into a proposal. They discussed it at lastweek’s  workshop.

  • Some lines clear, others blissfully blurred

    Decades ago, I lived in Cumberland Gap, a historic little town split between the Old Dominion and the Volunteer State.
    I’ve straddled the Tennessee-Virginia line aplenty.
    But last weekend, on State Street in Bristol, the dual-state thing was a bit  more literal.
    I stood — and even strode — with one foot in Tennessee and the other in Virginia.
    For blocks, the street through the well-preserved downtown has bronze markers embedded in the center to make sure you know which side is whose.