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Today's News

  • Man who lost family in wreck shot

    A Roane County man is in stable condition after being shot Monday morning.

    The victim was Joshua Brown, according to authorities.

    Bobby Lee Murray Jr., 53, of Old Elverton Road, in Harriman, is accused of shooting Brown with a shotgun.

    “We are trying to determine what happened. We have conflicting stories,” said Sheriff Jack Stockton.

    Stockton said Brown had injuries to the back and right side, but they weren’t life-threatening.

  • Diabetes doesn’t stop 10-year-old

    Lauren Thompson is like most girls her age — a social butterfly.

    The 10-year-old, however, works more diligently than most her age to maintain her health.

    She has to.

    She has Type 1 diabetes.

    Lauren’s mother, Patricia Pair, knew something was wrong with her daughter when she was 3 years old. But she never imagined she’d hear a diabetes diagnosis from doctors.

    “It was such a shock, because what you thought was a healthy 3-year-old now had a pancreas about to quit,” said Pair.

  • Mom: 9-year-old OK to drive

    An Oliver Springs woman was charged with reckless endangerment after allowing her 9-year-old son drive the family’s Lincoln Town Car on area roads.

    Rebecca Laree Cochran, 32, 159 Old Hen Valley Road, was taken into custody after admitting to allowing her son drive.

    Police said a complainant who notified 911 said the vehicle was traveling on Old Hen Valley Road and had turned up toward 157 Old Hen Valley Road.

  • Back-to-school on a budget

    If you are a parent, chances are you are planning the dreaded shopping excursions for clothes and school supplies.

    If you’re a first-timer or simply need a back-to-school refresher course, here are a few suggestions that can help you save time, money and sanity:

  • GUEST OPINION: Disgusting, yes, but ‘cannibal’s’ thoughts are free

    By CLAY CALVERT

    First Amendment Center

    Cyberspace, perhaps due to the false sense of anonymity it provides, is awash in verbal vomit, offensive diatribes and morbid musings.

    But that doesn’t necessarily mean that the sordid speech in question always falls outside the confines of the First Amendment safeguard of free expression. That was made abundantly clear recently.

  • The Garden Gate: It yam what it yam, but it's no sweet potato

    There has long been great controversy about whether yams and sweet potatoes are the same — or whether they are two different things.

    The argument consists of two different opinions, equally adamant.

    Some research into the matter is most clearly indicated.

    Webster’s Dictionary is a good place to start. It says that sweet potatoes are large, sweet, thick tuberous roots of a tropical vine related to the morning glory, with variously shaped leaves and purple flowers.

  • OR to dismantle bldg. with Friendship Bell

    Beginning the week of July 28, the city of Oak Ridge will begin dismantling the International Friendship Bell House in Bissell Park.

    Earlier this spring, the city commissioned a structural evaluation of the bell house to determine the extent of suspected water damage to the supporting beams.

    The evaluation determined the majority of the structure, which was holding the 8,000-pound Friendship Bell, was beyond repair.

  • Author Peyton to speak at Thursday Night at Library

    East Tennessee author Cheryl Peyton will be the guest speaker at Kingston Public Library’s “Thursday Night at the Library” on July 24.

    The event starts at 6 p.m. in the library at 1004 Bradford Way.

    Peyton will be discussing her four books, with particular attention to her thriller, “Six Minutes to Midnight,” set in Oak Ridge.

  • Register now for AARP Smart Driver course

    An eight-hour AARP driver safety class in Roane County next month offers area senior citizens a refresher course on driving and an update on rules of the road.

    The new two-day AARP Smart Driver course will be from noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 18-19 in Kingston Community Center.

    The course has been updated from those previously taught.

    Course participants will be taught to adjust to age-related physical changes; reduce incidents of violations and accidents; and update driving skills and rules of the road in a stress-free environment.

  • Judge candidates to speak during Thursday forum

    The Roane County Republican Women will host a forum on July 24 for candidates running for circuit court judge of the 9th Judicial District and Roane County Commission Districts 1, 2 and 3.

    The forum will begin at 7 p.m. in the Michael Dunn Center at 629 Gallaher Road, Kingston.

    The moderator will introduce candidates involved in the forum and explain the ground rules.

    Each candidate will have two minutes for opening remarks.

    Audience members will be given index cards on which to write questions for the candidates.