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Today's News

  • Houston brothers jailed

    Brothers Rocky and Leon Houston have been arrested. They are being held at the Knox County Jail on a hold for U.S. Marshals, according to the jail's website.

    The brothers were booked into the jail on Saturday. John Sanchez, a spokesman for the U.S. Marshals Service, said he wasn't at liberty to discuss the reason for their arrest.

    "I will have to wait until I am briefed and that's not going to happen for a while," Sanchez said.

  • Arbitration may end standoff

    Harriman City Council may go into arbitration over the conflict between the city and Pinnacle Pointe shopping complex developers.
    At issue is whether public money was spent on private enterprise or whether the city owes developers instead.
    “I think we need to get it over with. I think it would speed up the progress in Midtown a lot,” said Councilman J.D. Sampson.He said developers Steve Kirkham and Jerry Duncan believe the city is against them.

  • Kindness counts at Kingston Elementary

    A colorful display at Kingston Elementary School celebrates acts of kindness bystudents and staff alike.
    A large cheerful heart has been painted on two maintenance doors in a hallway of the school, and everyone is encouraged to write acts of kindness on sticky notes and place them on the door.
    Acts range from helping a teacher clean up to standing up against a bully for another student. One child even stayed home from a fun event because their sibling couldn’t go.

  • Free smoke alarms available

    Harriman Fire Department recently received $1,500 in smoke alarms with a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant given through the Tennessee Fire Marshal’s Office.
    Harriman Fire Chief Brad Goss said the roughly 50 smoke alarms feature lithium batteries  with a 10-year lifetime.
    The fire department has to install the alarms themselves. Those interested should call station one at 882-3072 to set up an appointment.
     

  • Sex offender checks held

    Sex offenders in Roane County got some unexpected visitors Wednesday night.
    U.S. Marshals and local law enforcement teamed up for a multi-jurisdictional sex offender compliance check. The effort was dubbed Operation Honey Badger.
    “We will be visiting the homes of every registered sex offender in Roane County,” said Derrick Swenson, a senior inspector for the U.S. Marshals Service.
    Roane County has 106 registered sex offenders, according to the TBI Sexual Offender Registry.

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Good deeds – and getting something back

    The other afternoon, after I finished up getting the paper out, I grabbed my purse and headed over to the Tennessee Technology Center to donate blood.
    To be honest, free movie tickets were being offered, and I hoped to get me one.
    They pricked my finger to check my iron levels, which were good. I went over the usual forms, and then went through a series of questions with a technician.
    All was well until she got to to one that went something like this: “Have you ver had cancer?”

  • Midway's Hixson the write stuff

    Twenty-four Roane County students received awards during last month’s Roane Writers Group fourth annual Student Writing Contest.

    In a ceremony hosted by television personality Bill Landry, public, private and homeschooled students received cash awards ranging from $25 to $500.

    “This year, more than 580 entries were received,” said Roane Writers Group President B.J. Gillum. “That’s a record.”

  • Covenant Health offers free stop-smoking app

    Roane Medical Center parent company, Covenant Health, is launching a new free smoking cessation mobile application just in time to help East Tennessee smokers with their New Year’s resolutions to quit.

    Smoking is one of the toughest addictions to break due to its physical and psychological components.

    The Covenant Health “Stop Smoking” app incorporates evidenced-based quitting strategies in an easy-to-use program that can be downloaded free on
    iPhones now and on Android phones in mid-January.

  • Manhattan Project park status to be discussed at lunch

    Don Barger, senior regional director of the Southeast Regional Office of the National Parks Conservation Association, will be the guest speaker at Oak Ridge League of Women Voters’ next Lunch with the League.

    The meeting starts at noon Jan. 15 in the social hall of Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church at 1500 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

    Barger will discuss the state of the national parks, political and financial ramifications, the status of the Manhattan Project Historical Park, and issues facing the national park sys-tem.

  • GUEST OPINION: Elvis still icon in freedom of expression

    By KEN PAULSON
    President, First Amendment Center
    Last Tuesday would have been Elvis Presley’s 78th birthday, and he’s being widely hailed this week for his musical career.

    But it’s also worth noting that Presley was a singular figure in terms of free expression, pushing the envelope while the authorities inevitably pushed back.

    Elvis’ early career was almost a constant test of free speech.