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  • The Garden Gate: Flowers great symbols during this Holy Week

    Flowers play a big role in religious symbolism, worship services and ceremonial occasions of all kinds.

    They can be seen in secular and religious occasions, especially joyful ones like weddings, and in churches, temples, synagogues and all places of worship throughout the world.

    Flowers were used as a part of worship long before the Christian era.

    Festivals of ancient gods were marked by the strewing of petals and flowers and the adorning of statues with wreaths.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of April 4

    25 Years Ago
    A letter-writing campaign was launched to convince Food Lion to locate a multi-million-dollar distribution center here. Sponsored by the Roane County Chamber of Commerce, elementary school children were to provide 6,000 of 10,000 letters the Chamber hoped to deliver to Food Lion headquarters in North Carolina to tell them “we want them, we need them ... come on down,” things that don’t show up on technical and demographic studies of the area.

    10 Years Ago

  • Farmers reminded of June 1 deadline

    Roane County farmers and ranchers are reminded that June 1 is the dealine to enroll in the USDA Farm Service Agency Direct and Counter-Cyclical Payment program.

  • Harriman police starting up their Citizens Academy

    Harriman Police Department is accepting applications for its upcoming Citizens Academy.

    The academy will be at 6 p.m. each Tuesday for the next eight weeks. It will cover many aspects of law enforcement, including police procedure and policy, basic firearms, law, officer survival and a ride-along upon academy completion.

    Applications are available at the police station at 130 Pansy Hill Road.

    Call Karen Joseph at 882-3383 for details.

  • Book sale starts April 14

    Rockwood Public Library’s annual book sale will begin at 10 a.m. April 14 in the library at 117 N. Front Ave.

    Hardbound and paperback books, magazines and videos will be offered for all ages.

    The book sale will take place through the week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.

    Call the library at 354-1281 for details.

  • Harriman Happenings: March 26

    Last week during spring school break, Carolyn Clemmons’ son Roy gave her a trip to the Isle of Palms near Charleston, S.C. Her hotel was on the beach, and it was so beautiful.

    Carolyn and some friends toured the old plantations, took a horse carriage ride, went to the open-air markets and ate lots of seafood. This was a great vacation.

  • ’Round Rockwood: March 26

    Another possum story I have to tell you: this 90-year-old lady grew up on a small farm in the community of Swan Pond, where possums were plentiful. Even some folks enjoyed hunting them for food.

    Among them was a nearby neighbor who not only hunted them but also enjoyed the tasty meat!

    He didn’t know how to cook anything, let alone a possum, so he brings it over to our house and ask my Mama to cook it for him.

  • Rockwood 2000 one of newest supporters of Literacy Council

    Rockwood 2000 is among the newest supporters of the Roane County Literacy Council with a donation of $250.

    The council serves as an advisory board for the Roane State Community College/Roane County Adult Education Program in Rockwood.

    The donation was presented to Paul Woodward, president of the Roane County Literacy Council and Melissa Browder, director of Adult Education, last week by Mary Kau, vice president of Rockwood 2000.

  • Free Clinic treats 1,600 in two years

    The Free Medical Clinic of Oak Ridge has treated more than 1,600 individuals in 4,500 individual visits during its first two years of operation, board members recently learned during a three-year strategic planning meeting.

    The goal of the board is to continue the clinic’s mission, “People Caring for People,” and to increase services and hours at the clinic, which sees a number of patients from Roane County.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of March 28

    25 Years Ago
    A 45-pound beaver was found dead by the side of the road. It was believed to be one of three beavers that constructed a 7-foot-high dam in Walnut Hill off Hwy. 27. Its tail was 12 inches long and 5 inches wide. Harriman taxidermist Johnny Newberry stuffed the beaver for permanent display in the Harriman Utility Board lobby. Because of its uniqueness, the dam drew so many visitors that officials built a walkway leading to and from the site.

    10 Years Ago