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Today's News

  • Coffee, climbing slated at Obed

    Obed Wild and Scenic River will have two free programs on April 5.

    Join National Park Service rangers for a free cup of coffee and informational sesion at Lilly Bridge from 10 to 10:30 a.m.

    The Climb With a Ranger program will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., beginning at Lilly Bridge.

    The park will provide all gear for rock climbing. Those participating should bring drinking water and sturdy footwear.

    Depending on participant interests and ability levels, participants will travel to one of several different climbing areas around the park.

  • Museum marking 65th anniversary

    The public is welcome to help celebrate the 65th anniversary of the American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge beginning at 2 p.m. March 19 in the museum lobby.

    The museum, originally named the American Museum of Atomic Energy, shares its anniversry opening date — March 19, 1949 — with the gate opening of the 1940s Secret City of Oak Ridge and the birth of twin girls, Madeleine Leigh and Amanda Anne, to Bill and Audrey Tewes.

  • UT honoring Roane County’s Jim and Pat Henry

    Jim Henry, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services, and his wife, Pat, travel the state championing the cause of children and families at risk.

    The Kingston couple meet with Children’s Services employees and service providers, sharing their experiences as parents of a child with disabilities.

    The University of Tennessee at Knoxville College of Social Work will honor the Henrys for their work and advocacy March 25 with the 2014 Sen. Douglas Henry Award for Service to Children and Families at Risk.

  • Cole Thomas Tedder

    Cole Thomas Tedder celebrated his fifth birthday on March 3 at Tri-City Bowling Lanes with family and friends.

    He is the son of Marty and Robin Tedder of Harriman.

    Grandparents are Ernest and Barbara Tedder, and Charles and Becky Lamance, all of Harriman.

    Cole has a 10-year-old brother, Jace Simeon Tedder.

  • Arrests: Dec. 22, 2013-Jan. 2, 2014

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    Dec. 22 —  William Nicholas Prince, 26, 4102 Mountain Vista Road, Knoxville: theft $500 but less than $1,000; court date Feb. 24.

    • Justin Eric Ybarra, 28, 241 Bullard Ford Road, Harriman: two counts failure to appear. Total bond $5,000; court dates Feb. 24 and Feb. 10.

  • Go, speedracer!

    Cassandra Dothard went a step further than just giving out a simple extra credit assignment.

    Instead she gave her sixth grade science students an opportunity to build a small vehicle with whatever they had handy and over the course of two days last week tested them for how far they could travel down an incline and across the hall.

    “They could use anything they wanted as long as it was eight inches by eight inches. They had to design it so it would go the farthest without being pushed.

  • GUEST OPINION: Celebrating two First Amendment landmarks

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    No one I know sent flowers or candy, but on March 9 we all had cause to celebrate the anniversaries of two very different First Amendment landmark moments.

    Sixty years ago, on March 9, 1954, CBS’ Edward R. Murrow hosted an episode of the prime-time television program “See It Now,” in which he successfully exposed Sen. Joseph McCarthy’s mean-spirited and shoddy tactics in pursuing alleged communists in the U.S. government.

  • Mayfield endorses Fleischmann for 3rd

    Scottie Mayfield has endorsed Chuck Fleischmann’s re-election campaign, and been named honorary chairman of the campaign.

    Mayfield is the president emeritus at Mayfield Dairy Farms, and was the runner-up in the 2012 Republican primary between Congressman Fleischmann, himself, and Weston Wamp.

  • Wamp raises $300,000 in nine weeks, says Mayfield shunned him on grudge

    Weston Wamp announced recently that his campaign for Congress has raised $300,000 in just nine weeks thanks to the support of voters and business leaders in the 3rd District.

    “I am grateful to the hundreds of people in the Third District who have invested their hard-earned money in sending me to Washington to have impact on their behalf,” said Wamp. “From farmers to CEOs, disappointment with our do-nothing congressman is widespread. We have no doubt that we will fully fund our campaign to bring Congress back home.”

  • UNITED STATES OF AMERICA vs. ROCKY JOE HOUSTON

    Defense attorney Michael McGovern didn’t contest two of the three elements in the federal government’s case against Rocky Houston:

    One, Houston is a convicted felon; and two, the firearms the government alleges Houston was in possession of traveled in interstate commerce.

    McGovern, however, argued vigorously against the third element —the allegation that his client possessed firearms.