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Today's News

  • OS’s Christmas in the City this weekend

    Oliver Springs’ Christmas in the City on Dec. 15 will kick off with a 3:30 p.m. opening ceremony at the Court of Flags on Hwy. 61.

    Lineup for the town’s annual Christmas parade starts at 4:45 p.m. at Arrowhead Park.

    The parade will start at 5:30 p.m. and proceed along Main Street.

    A turkey dinner and music starts at 6:30 p.m. in the Disabled American Veterans Building at 530 Kingston Ave.

    Tickets for the dinner are $10 each.

    Greg Johnson and Sharon Tarwater will provide music.

  • Babahatchie brings sounds of the season to the Princess

    Babahatchie Community Band’s Christmas concert will offer some traditional holiday favorites in what will be a new venue for the Harriman-based ensemble.

    “We will be at the Princess Theater,” said Babahatchie spokeswoman Alison Westrich. “The band is very excited to be able to play at the Princess again.”

    The free concert gets under way at 3 p.m. Dec. 16.

    Refreshments will be served during intermission for this special performance, which is dedicated to Hal and Margaret Jones.

  • Ridge View students trim winning REU Christmas tree

    Tammy Mullins’ first-grade class at Ridge View Elementary School, Rockwood, took first-place honors in Rockwood 2000’s Christmas-tree-decorating contest.

    Seven trees displayed in downtown buildings were decorated by Ridge View students participating in the contest.

    “The participation was truly in the spirit of Christmas and so well done that it was very hard for the judges to choose winners,” said Sandy McIntosh of Rockwood 2000.

    The winning tree is on display in Rockwood Electric Utility.

  • Cox Outstanding Student for year at Tech Center

    Jodi Cox of Wartburg was recently chosen as Outstanding Student of the Year for Tennessee Technology Center at Harriman.

    Cox was selected from a group of nine to represent the school for the 2012-13 school year.

    She is enrolled in the Computer Information Technology class and is a member of the Honor Society.

    Cox is an Easy tech associate with Staples of Oak Ridge. She is working on an internship through the school.

  • Midway students of month honored
  • Nichols to graduate

    Justin Keith Nichols will graduate this weekend from the University of Kentucky in Lexington.

    He will accept his Doctor of Education degree during commencement at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 14 in the university’s Memorial Coliseum.

    Nichols is the son of Keith Nichols, formerly of Harriman, and Teresa Ruppe Sheppard, formerly of Oakdale.

    Grandparents are Algia Nichols of Harriman and the late Walter Nichols, and Billy and Jean Ruppe of Oakdale.
     

  • Guest Opinion: Sentencing teen to pew crosses line

    BY DAVID L. HUDSON Jr.
    First Amendment Center
    The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a judicial-conduct complaint against an Oklahoma judge who sentenced a 17-year-old to an unusual form of probation — 10 years of church.

    In November, Muskogee County District Judge Mike Norman imposed the sentence on Tyler Alred, who was found guilty of manslaughter for getting into an accident that killed his 16-year-old friend.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Recollections of our past Christmas parties

    Gentle reader, as we wrote a few weeks ago we are increasingly grateful for the gift of friendship, but all too often we are reminded of the meaningfulness of our friendships most strongly when one or more of those friends is called from us by their death.

    Thus it was this past week when we lost one of our old South Harriman High School friends, Bill Gibson: and almost simultaneously came the news of the death of Mary Lou Bradford.

  • Gas-leak fix multi-agency emergency

    Several residents were evacuated in the Pine Hills area of Harriman on Dec. 1 because of a significant gas leak.

    “We had to evacuate,” said Bill Young, Harriman Utility Board manager. “We didn’t have to, but we did for safety.”

    Young said the situation was tricky because utility workers had to fix the leak while the line was still “hot” or under pressure.

    The utility recently purchased fire suits for employees working in gas for such situations.

  • County still hasn’t filled parks and recreation job

    Months after the position came open, Roane County still doesn’t have the parks and recreation director job filled.

    “We’re not just going to hire anybody off the street,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said. “We’re selective on our side about the candidate we want.”

    The job opened up over the summer when Tony Brown left to go work for the road department.

    Woody said six interviews were conducted. He said the job was offered to one of the candidates, but the person turned it down.