Today's News

  • The Garden Gate: Palms continue to hold great symbolism

    Many are the legends about palm trees.

    One says that Jesus commanded a palm tree to bend down so He could pick dates for his mother, and He promised to bless it. When He entered Jerusalem in triumph, it was a palm branch in His hand as the people cried, “Hosannah.”

    As we come to the observance of Palm Sunday with its jubilant atmosphere of “Hosannah and welcome,” it is interesting to note that the waving of palm branches in processions is a custom of great antiquity and significance.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of March 20

    25 Years Ago

  • Mr. & Mrs. Souther 71st

    Mr. and Mrs. J.B. Souther will celebrate their 71st wedding anniversary on March 22.

    The couple was married on March 22, 1942, in Chatsworth, Ga. Their family said they have had a great life and still live indepedently at ages 92 and 87.

    Their children and spouses are Joan and Dan Runyon, and Brad and Tanya Souther.

    Grandchildren and spouses are Kevin Keith, Shannon Runyon, Adam and Pam Souther, and Ashley and Jason Harris.

    There are three great-grandchildren: Hunter and Zoe Runyan, and Whitley Harris.

  • Mamie’s 100 and loving life
  • OUR OPINION: Pinkerton sets professionalism bar at Kingston

    The announcement of Kingston City Manager Jim Pinkerton’s retirement leaves us with mixed feelings.
    He has earned the opportunity to give up the working world and spend his free time as he sees fit.

    For that, we are happy for him and his wife, Wanda.

    On the other hand, it saddens us to think of Kingston city government without him.

    Pinkerton has been with Kingston for 12 years. He has done an excellent job advising and executing the demands of the city council and managing and taking care of city employees.

  • Mixed forecast mars Sunshine Week, freedom

    First Amendment Center
    The forecast from this year’s National Sunshine Week, March 10-15, which annually focuses on issues of freedom of information and transparency in government, was “partly cloudy, with some sun and some storms.”

  • Finding might give us more reason to smile

    Microbes from the human mouth are telling Oak Ridge National Laboratory scientists something about periodontitis and more after they cracked the genetic code of bacteria linked to the condition.

  • TVA tackles fish study

    Fishing enthusiasts interested in the health of sport fish in TVA’s reservoirs along the Tennessee River are invited to observe the annual surveys this spring.

    The surveys, which have been conducted yearly since 1995, collect data on sport fish species such as black bass and crappie.

    This year’s surveys began March 12 at Wilson Reservoir, near Muscle Shoals, Ala., and will continue through May 9 at Douglas Reservoir east of Knoxville, sampling nine TVA reservoirs.

  • Juniors from county’s five high schools converge for career fair

    At the Roane County Chamber of Commerce’s Fifth Annual High Schools Career Day on April 5, around 475 juniors will have to opportunity to learn about careers they may never have considered and what it takes to prepare for them.

    With a little more than a year from graduating from high school, these students are thinking about their futures and their careers.

    About 50 businesses plan to participate in the Career Day at Roane State Community College’s gymnasium.

  • Lady Jackets win Tiger Classic

    Playing seven games in two days didn’t bother the Kingston Lady Jackets softball team on Friday and Saturday, as Ronnie Ladd’s squad went 6-1 on their way to capturing the 2013 Tiger Classic in Decatur.