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  • The Garden Gate: Patriotism paraded in fireworks and nature

    At the time of the Declaration of Independence of this country, John Adams and several of his associates called for fireworks to express their jubilation ― and we have used them in this way ever since.

    July is a celebration month. There is Independence Day on July 4 as the birthday of our nation as an independent democracy. In France, the commemoration of the taking of the Bastille on July 14 is observed as a turning point in the 18th-century French Revolution. And we celebrate summer vacations and our gardens.

  • On vacation with the Roane County News ... to Alaska

    The Roane County News made its first foray to The Last Frontier when it went to Juneau, Alaska, in May with, from left, Billy White of Kingston, Stanley Leffew of Harriman and Edward Johnson of Oakdale.

    The East Tennesseans pose in front of Mendenhall Glacier, a mountain glacier about 12 miles long in Mendenhall Valley.

    Planning a vacation? Take your Roane County News along and pose with it to be included in an upcoming issue.

    Be sure to tell us where you — and the News — traveled for a break and photo.

  • Babahatchie concert to close out holiday weekend

    Babahatchie Community Band will close out the holiday weekend with a free concert at 7 p.m. July 6 at David Webb Riverfront Park, Harriman.

    The national anthem will be followed by “The Liberty Bell March” by John Philip Sousa.

    “This fun march was written for Sousa’s unfinished operetta, ‘The Devil’s Deputy,’” said Alison Westrich of Babahatchie Community Band. “It wasn’t originally named ‘The Liberty Bell,’ but his wife and band manager suggested the title, and it stuck.”

  • OSPD, THP team up to bring down traffic fatalities

    Oliver Springs Police Department recently partnered with the Tennessee Highway Patrol in an effort to reduce traffic fatalities on Tennessee Roadways.

    THP started its “Drive to Zero” campaign in April. The goal of the campaign is to reduce traffic fatalities by 15 percent in 2014.

    The campaign addresses hazardous moving violations, distracted drivers, seat belt usage and driving under the influence.

  • Collect lightning bugs for science, cash

    Calling all lightning bug collectors: Scientists are calling for help.

    And the price is going up. This year, the price for fireflies has jumped to the all-time high of 50 cents per gram or $14.20 per ounce for a fresh supply of insects. This is approximately $2 per 100 average size bugs. (Approximately, because the insects are purchased by weight, not by count.)

  • Addressing fears helps recovery at RMC

    Special to the News

    Frank Kolski was scared.

    Very scared.

    After his heart attack in May 2013, the mere thought of exercising was frightening to the 66-year-old Kingston man.

    So when Dr. Nicholaos Xenopoulos, the cardiothoracic surgeon who placed two heart stents in his blocked arteries, ordered 36 one-hour sessions of cardiac rehabilitation at Roane Medical Center, Kolski was worried.

  • Roane State has new programs

    Roane State Community College will offer two new programs beginning in fall 2014: An associate of applied science in medical informatics and an associate of applied science in financial services.

    The Tennessee Board of Regents approved the programs at its June meeting.

    The two-year medical informatics program combines information technology and health care. As health care providers increasingly use complex computerized records, they need qualified employees with computer skills and expertise in digital health care record-keeping.

  • No spray; just prayer

    Tom Clipner of Midway recently grew a 1-foot-long white radish in his garden on Loudon Hwy.

    Pastor of Maranatha Ministries of Midway, he said he used a lot of prayer to grow the bountiful harvest.

    "No spray or anything special — just prayer," he said, adding that God has blessed his garden.

  • New pest may plague fruit producers

    Experts with the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture are sounding the alarm on a tiny new pest that can cause significant damage to many fruit crops.

    The spotted wing drosophila is a vinegar fly (sometimes inaccurately called a fruit fly) from Asia. It was first detected in California in 2008. In 2011, the fly had reached blueberries in East Tennessee. By 2013 SWD damage had spread to 23 Tennessee counties, from Greene County in the east to Gibson County in the west.

  • Moore new director of science museum

    David Moore has been named director of the American Museum of Science and Energy.

    The museum, owned by the U.S. Department of Energy, showcases the history of the Manhattan Project and the current scientific, energy and national security missions carried out by DOE facilities in Oak Ridge.

    Moore will be responsible for day-to-day operations of the museum at 300 S. Tulane Ave. in Oak Ridge, including exhibits, programs and community outreach.