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  • Discussion to focus on old Oak Ridge cabin

    Freels Bend Cabin, the oldest historical structure in Oak Ridge, will be the focus of the May 10 meeting of the Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association.

    The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at the cabin, which is on U.S. Department of Energy-restricted land but is open to the public for this meeting.

    Louise Freels will discuss stories of her youth spent in the structure that was built in 1844.

  • Back ... and ‘plaider’ than ever: Go all checked out to Rockwood 2000 gala

    Rockwood 2000 kicked off last summer with something new and different — and Plaid-a-Palooza was such a suc-
    cess that the group’s members decided to do it again this year.

    The 2012 Plaid-a-Palooza party will be from 6 to 9 p.m. May 18 in Rockwood Street Grill.

    “It is simply to come and have fun celebrating the beginning of summer,” said Sandy McIntosh of Rockwood 2000. “So come out and enjoy the fun.

    Those who attend are encouraged to wear their favorite and funky plaid duds.

  • 'Round Rockwood: May 7

    I have been thinking about how hope can bring much joy and happiness into our life.

    If we hope for the best, then most often our hopes will come true.

    It sometimes brings us showers of blessings, just when we need them most. A visit from a friend we haven’t seen in months, like just yesterday, when my friend Anna Lou Calkins came for a brief visit, taking time out of her busy day to see me.

    A nice lady I had hoped would surely stop by if she could find me here
    at Victorian Square. She did.

  • Harriman Happenings: May 7

    Alma Kilgo Moore recently passed away in Centinela Medical Center in Inglewood, Calif.

    Service was held for her at Panuel Missionary Baptist Church, where she was a faithful member.

    Alma was a resident of Harriman, so they had a service for her here at Evans Mortuary on Tuesday, May 1. The Roane County Community Chorus provided the music, and Margie Moore sang a solo. The Rev. James Guthrie gave the eulogy.

  • Reichle honored for prose

    Donna Reichle of Kingston was honored during a writing contest in conjunction with the recent Tennessee Mountain Writers annual conference.  

    Reichle received second-place recognition in the Inspirational category for “The Infusion Room.”

    Conference workshop leaders were Joseph Bathanti, fiction; Doris Gove, writing for young people; Katy Koontz, editing; Karen McElmurray, nonfiction; and Rita Quillen, poetry.

    Nashville essayist and novelist Lorraine Lopez was the banquet speaker.

  • Babahatchie going from Mozart to Beale Street in Sunday concert

    Babahatchie Community Band will have the last of its indoor concerts for the season on May 6.

    The concert will begin at 3 p.m. in Harriman High School’s James Williamson Auditorium. Admission is free.

    “The Bay State March” by W.F. Burrell will kick off the concert.

    “If you listen close, you will hear a familiar tune in the march,” promised band member Alison Westrich.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of May 2

    25 Years Ago
    Tennessee’s safety belt law celebrated its one-year anniversary. Fatality figures for the year recorded a 40-percent drop which officials attributed to increased safety belt use.

    10 Years Ago

  • Poster contest to boost elder abuse awareness

    Roane County ElderWatch is observing World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15 by educating the public to the problem through a children’s poster contest for ages 6-12.

    There are two contest themes: “Are Grandma and Grandpa OK: What Does Elder Abuse Look Like to You?” and “What Would the World Look Like Free of Elder Abuse?”

    Children will compete in age categories of 6-8 and 9-12.

    Prizes will be awarded in each age category.

  • Medic experiencing critical blood shortage

    Medic Regional Blood Center is experiencing a critical blood shortage and is struggling to meet the needs of 27 hospitals in East Tennessee and Southeast Kentucky.

    “Collections have been low for us and the need from our area hospitals have been on the rise, said Christi Fightmaster of Medic public relations. “We are operating on a one-day supply of blood.”

    Donors in Roane County have a number of opportunities to do their part. Blood drives will be:

  • Harriman Happenings: April 30

    Visiting the Early Morning Coffee bunch last Monday was Carl Farmer. We study the Bible at 10 a.m. each Monday at St. Mary’s Baptist Church. The Rev. Jesse Williams is the instructor. Everyone is welcome.

    Our deepest sympathy is extended to the family of Charles Salon, who recently passed away in Oak Ridge Methodist hospital. He was a dear friend of Herbert Griffin, and both were members of the Masonic Lodge.