In a beautiful book, “An 18th Century Garland,” Louise Fisher writes, “Words change their meanings, and like music, can be interpreted in many ways. The colors of a picture fade, but plants and flowers have much the same significance in every age.”
We hear so much these days about historic preservation. All across the country, the sites of early settlements and forts, as well as the structures of historic homes and buildings, are being marked as historic sites and populated by re-enactors striving to bring back the ambiance of an earlier day.
The Tennessee Arts Commission has awarded an Arts Build Communities grant to the Roane Choral Society.
The $3,300 grant is made possible through an appropriation of state funds by the Tennessee General Assembly, federal dollars from the National Endowment for the Arts, and by Tennesseans who buy specialty license plates.
“This is a very fine performing-arts group,” said state Sen. Ken Yager. R-Kingston.
“I am very pleased this grant has been awarded for this purpose.”
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.
Summer months are difficult for several businesses — and the same is true for Medic Regional Blood Center, the community blood provider.
The organization struggles to reach the daily quota of donors necessary to adequately supply hospitals, said Christi Fightmaster of Medic public relations.
“Families are busier than usual with kids out of school and planning vacations,” she said. “However, there’s more activities in our area which, unfortunately, can lead to accidents where blood is needed.”
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 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.”
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.
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.
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.)