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Today's News

  • See you soon, football

    “Sometimes you eat the bar, and sometimes ... well, he eats.”

    Out of all of the random life lessons the Coen Brothers snuck into cult-classic “The Big Lebowski,” that one line by The Stranger, played by Sam Elliot, may be the most significant.

    After the confetti cleared Sunday night at University of Phoenix Stadium, one thing was clear. The Seattle Seahawks ate — although some might say they choked — the bar, bringing an unwelcomed end to football season.

  • Lady Waves keep rolling through post-season play

    The Midway Middle School girls basketball team has been victorious 17 times this season.

    On Thursday, they will attempt to add one more when they head to Pigeon Forge Middle School to take on the Area 3 No.2-seeded New Center Middle School.

    How they got there

    Midway Middle started the season off 13-0 before a match up with Wartburg put the first tick in the loss column for the Lady Waves.

    The two teams first met on Dec. 1 with the Lady Waves taking a 55-37 victory.

  • Pancakes! Rotary fundraiser a sweet treat for patrons, community

    Kingston Rotary Club’s 35th annual pancake breakfast and silent auction this weekend have lasting effects that go beyond a clean plate.

    All proceeds from this year’s breakfast will be used to support the club’s community and international service projects.

    The breakfast will be from 8 to 11 a.m. Feb. 7 in Kingston Church of Christ family center at 120 Spring St., Kingston.

    Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for children and may be purchased from any Kingston Rotary Club member or at the door.

  • ‘Remembering Red’ Skelton tribute set

    “Remembering Red,” a tribute to Red Skelton featuring Brian Hoffman will begin at 4 p.m. Feb. 15 in the historic Grove Theater at 123 Randolph Road, Oak Ridge.

    The light-hearted trip down memory lane will include some of the television pioneer’s most well-known characters, including Clem Kadiddlehopper, Gertrude and Heathcliffe, Freddy the Freeloader.

    Also included will be Skelton “Guzzlers Gin” routine and pantomimes.

    Hoffman also breaks character during the

  • High tea helps Roane State

    Sophistication and fun were the order of the Roane State Foundation's Upstairs/Downstairs High Tea, meant to be reminiscent of the times, glitz and etiquette of the setting of popular PBS television show, “Downton Abbey.”

    The tea in Whitestone Country Inn was to raise money for student scholarships with a focus on adult learners.

    It included a fashion show.

  • Dropping gas-price streak at an end

    The national average price for gasoline rose last week for the first time in four months, snapping the longest streak of declines at the pump on record, AAA reported on Monday.

    The U.S. average for a gallon of regular unleaded declined 123 consecutive days, from Sept. 26-Jan. 26, delivering a discount of $1.31 during that period.

    AAA reported the average price has risen 2 cents since Jan. 27.

    “Gasoline prices have finally adjusted to the plunging price of oil,” said Mark Jenkins, AAA spokesman.

  • Dagley reminiscing about Obed

    George Dagley Jr., Morgan County World War II veteran, will be the featured Memories of the Obed program speaker on Feb. 14.

    The program starts at 2 p.m. in the Obed Visitor Center at 208 N. Maiden St., Wartburg.

    Dagley is the son of George Dagley Sr., who was Morgan County mayor during the 1930s.

    Memories to be shared include a glimpse of life in Wartburg during the 1930s, including childhood adventures at Potters Falls, school times and his experiences during wartime.

    No reservations are required to attend this free program.

  • Arrests: Nov. 21-Dec. 7, 2014

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    Nov. 21 — William David Leady Jr., 53, 1856 Loop St. 247, Bowling Green, Ky.: DUI, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

    • Devin Lenn Cox, 27, 1107 Lookout Ave., Oliver Springs: two counts violation of probation.

    • Stephen Robinson, 47, 144 Vann Drive, Harriman: domestic assault, public intoxication.

  • GUEST OPINION: Govt.-funded news bureau dies the death it deserves

    By GENE POLICISNKI
    First Amendment Center
    This “just in”: Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said last week he has terminated development of a state-run, state-funded news operation called “JustIn” which reportedly would have published stories based on state-written news releases about state programs, policies and government officials.

  • Book looks at myth, reality of Sgt. York story

    University Press of Kentucky author Douglas V. Mastriano has been named the recipient of the 2015 William E. Colby Award  for his book “Alvin York: A New Biography of the Hero of the Argonne.”

    Named for the late ambassador and former CIA director William E. Colby, the Colby Award recognizes a first work of fiction or nonfiction that has made a significant contribution to the public’s understanding of intelligence operations, military history, or international affairs.

    The award includes a $5,000 author honorarium.