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  • Military Matters: Ryan M. Gross

    U.S. Army Pvt. Ryan M. Gross recently graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

    Son of April Curtis of Clinton and Ian Gross of Rockwood, he is a 2014 graduate of Rockwood High School.

    His grandmother is Linda Toman of Clinton.

    During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values and physical fitness.

  • Historic figures passed through the Obed region

    Obed Wild and Scenic River will present an Oct. 11 ranger program about three famous people who once visited the Obed area.

    Both legend and evidence combine to show that Andrew Jackson, John Muir and Daniel Boone each trekked across the environs of Morgan County and what is now the Obed Wild and Scenic River.

    A park ranger will present information on each of their visits and will focus on primary source writings and journal entries from centuries past.

  • Suicides on rise among Tennessee veterans

    Statistics released recently by the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services indicate the number of suicides by veterans increased from 197 in 2012 to 214 in 2013.

    “Sadly, our brave men and women who once served in uniform may struggle with thoughts of suicide and thoughts of giving up,” said Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Commissioner Douglas Varney.

    “They must always know they are never alone.”

  • The Garden Gate: Gardens tell the story of our great history

    Editor’s note: As Ellen Probert Williams continues her respite, we share one of her classic columns, first published on Oct. 5, 2011.

    There is little, when one thinks about it, that is

    new in gardening. Much of it is actually very old indeed.

    The terraced gardens of skyscraper city apartments hark back to the hanging gardens of Babylon.

    The stepped-back-style of city architecture traces its roots to the Aztecs, Incas and Biblical times.

    In addition to providing sunlight and air, it creates terraces for gardens.

  • Key new programs to help farmers manage risk

    U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently unveiled highly anticipated new programs to help farmers better manage risk, ushering in one of the most significant reforms to U.S. farm programs in decades.

    Vilsack said new tools are now available to help provide farmers the information they need to choose the new safety net program that is right for their business.

  • Enroll now for dairy farm risk management

    Tennessee farmers can enroll in the new dairy Margin Protection Program.

    The voluntary program, established by the 2014 Farm Bill, provides financial assistance to participating farmers when the margin — the difference between the price of milk and feed costs — falls below the coverage level selected by the farmer.

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture also launched a new Web tool to help producers determine the level of coverage under the Margin Protection Program that will provide them with the strongest safety net under a variety of conditions.

  • Harriman Happenings-Oct. 6

    Our deepest sympathy is extended to the family of Jay Bee Dickens Jr., who recently passed away.

    He was a faithful member of the American Legion Post 232 of Harriman and a veteran of the U.S. Army.

    Some survivors include his wife Elizabeth Dickens.

    He had three daughters; two sons; mother, Dorothy Dickens; two sisters; three brothers and their family; 15 grandchildren; and a host of other relatives.

    The Rev. Willie Gallaher officiated this service.

    Mr. Dickens’ wish was to be cremated.

  • Harriman Happenings-Oct. 13

    Sincere sympathy to the family of Mary Ann Jackson, who recently passed away at Harriman Care and Rehabilitation Center at the age of 105.

    She lived a very long life and was a Christian lady.

    Her parents preceded her in death and a brother.

    Norma DeArmond (Carl) was her caregiver, and she really helped care of her.

    Mary left other cousins and family members behind.

    Service was held for her Thursday with Dr. Joseph Weaver officiating.

  • Coats for Cold drive underway

    Collections are underway for coat and jacket donations for Dennis Ferguson’s annual Coats for the Cold.

    Collections continue through Oct. 17 at Midtown Pharmacy, Chase Drugs and Hannah’s Tanning Hut in Harriman, United Community Bank in Kingston, and Live and Let Live Drug Store in Rockwood.

    Coats will be distributed beginning at 2 p.m. Oct. 26 in the garden center at Rockwood Walmart Supercenter.

    Anyone in need of a coat or jacket is encouraged to attend and pick up outerwear to keep them warm during the upcoming cold months.

  • Self-publishing to be focus of OR workshop

    Charles Connor, author and founder of the Harriette Austin Writing Program and the Harriette Austin Writing Conference at the University of Georgia, will conduct an all-day writing workshop on “The Self-Publishing Process.”

    The workshop, “Where and How to Do It: eBooks, Print and Audio,” will be from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 1 in Anderson County United Way office at 161 Robertsville Road, Oak Ridge. The event is the fall workshop of the Tennessee Mountain Writers.