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Today's News

  • Guest column: Remember our heroes every day

    By Jim Henry

    As I walked out of the Capitol to have lunch last week, I stopped, looked around the Capitol and thought about what a great people we are.

    The many heroes that are displayed at the Capitol are something everyone should see.

    I walked down the steps and, as I crossed Charlotte Avenue, a Highway Patrolman stopped traffic to ensure my safety.

  • Army corporal from Harriman among those honored by Haslam in service

    An 18-year-old Harriman High School student who died serving his country during the Korean War is among seven service members Gov. Bill Haslam and other state officials honored during Friday’s state Memorial Day service in Nashville.

    U.S. Army Cpl. Thomas Mullins of Harriman went missing on Nov. 2, 1950, while serving in the vicinity of Unsan, North Korea during the Korean War.

    His remains were identified last year, and he was laid to rest on March 29 with full military honors at Bay Pines National Cemetery in St. Petersburg, Fla.

  • Dentists create smiles for miles during free clinic

    Area dentists and staff members provided thousands of dollars in free dental care during its second Dentistry from the Heart dental health day at LakeView Dental Arts in Kingston’s Ladd Landing.

    “It really was a huge success. It was very rewarding,” said Shannon Walmsley, LakeView Dental Arts office manager. “The people were so sweet, just so appreciative.”

    This year’s event on May 4 saw crowds come out for a choice of one of three procedures: a filling, extraction or cleaning.

  • Workshop prepares employers in event of active shooter

    Active shooter incidents are often unpredictable and evolve quickly. In the midst of the chaos, anyone can play an integral role in mitigating the impacts of an active shooter incident.

    That’s why the Roane County Employers Association is planning active-shooter preparedness training for its next lunch meeting.

    “We must be vigilant in our efforts to protect ourselves and others,” said Allen Lutz, education and workforce development specialist for The Roane Alliance. “This requires preparation.”

  • Business Briefs

    • Kim Jarrard and Erik Garkovich have been named new private client relationship managers for First Tennessee Bank branches in the Knoxville area.

    In their new roles, Jarrard and Garkovich will work to provide an elevated level of personal attention to

    their clients’ banking needs by delivering professional insight into the services right for their financial

    goals. First Tennessee has a branch at 616 N. Kentucky St., Kingston.

  • Celebrate Memorial Day with some football

    The Knoxville Lightning women's semi-pro football team is gearing up to play a home game Saturday evening at Midway High School's football field. In honor of Memorial day, all veterans with a valid ID won't be charged for tickets to the game. Kids under 12 are free and adult tickets are $10. Come out and support the local ladies against the Columbus Vanguards as the season winds down.

  • Kids’ Lunch and Learn each Friday at Obed, Frozen Head

    Obed Wild and Scenic River is partnering with Morgan County School Food Services and Frozen Head State Park to offer a “Lunch and Learn” program series at 10:30 a.m. each Friday from June 8-July 20.

    All participants younger than 18 will receive a free snack, lunch and drink after the one-hour program.

    The free ranger-led nature-based interpretive programs will be at:

    June 8, June 15 and July 13 — Frozen Head State Park, Visitor Center

    June 22 and 29 – Obed Wild and Scenic River, Lilly Bluff Overlook Parking Area

  • Rockwood police in search of copper thieves

    A copper theft left a Rockwood home with a reported $1,500 worth of damage.

    The home is at 604 N. Chamberlain Ave. Rockwood Police Officer Jared Hall responded there on Tuesday.

    “I spoke with James Scott Branson, who told me that some person or persons stole copper electrical wire from the basement and attic of his mother’s house in the last month,” the report said. “Mr. Branson’s mother passed away sometime back and no one has been staying in the house.”

  • The Spot for paranormal activity?

    A local paranormal group is searching for proof of the supernatural. Their explorations recently brought them to two Harriman up and coming businesses owned by the Kirkland brothers.

    East Valley Paranormal Society didn’t have much luck at the former The Spot restaurant, but they heard what they believe to be some interesting electronic voice phenomenon at the building Travis Kirkland is turning into The Living Room Arcade Event Center in the 500 block of Roane Street.

  • CLEANUP in downtown Rockwood