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  • McCall serves as Yager page in state Senate

    Andrea McCall recently served as a page in the state Senate.  

    McCall, a student at Jefferson Middle School in Oak Ridge, was the guest of state Sen. Ken Yager, R-Harriman, and state Sen. Randy McNally, R-Oak Ridge.

    McCall was accompanied to the Capitol by her aunt and uncle, Teresa and Joseph Van Hook.

    Yager issued an invitation earlier this year for area students to experience the legislature in action as a page in the State Senate.

  • AARP driver safety classes slated this month in Rockwood, Kingston

    Mid-East Community Action Agency Senior Services Department will sponsor the AARP driver safety training program March 22-23 in the Mid-East office at 1362 N. Gateway Ave., Rockwood.

    The two-day class will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. both days.

    Another two-day class is planned for March 28-29. That class will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. both days in Kingston Public Library at 1004 Bradford Way.

  • April 1 deadline for crop assistance

    The Tennessee Farm Service Agency reminds farmers and producers of the April 1 deadline for obtaining non-insured crop disaster assistance coverage on mixed grass pasture for the crop year 2012.  

    The program was designed to reduce financial losses that occur when natural disasters cause a catastrophic loss of production or prevented planting of an eligible crop by providing coverage equivalent to catastrophic insurance.

  • Nature dwellings on exhibit

    American Museum of Science and Energy visitors have opportunities to learn the life cycle of a house, visit the lighting test table, and play the energy game at the “Sustainable Shelter: Dwelling Within The Forces of Nature” exhibition.

    The exhibit is open  through April 30 at the museum at 300 S. Tulane Ave., Oak Ridge.

    Museum visitors will be able to explore three key building materials — wood, steel and concrete — and the path each takes from its origin in the earth to its use in the home.

  • Harriman Happenings: March 5

    By Louise Warmley, Community correspondent
    Last Saturday, the sanctuary was filled with people who attended the Black History Program at Anointed Praise and Worship Church.

    Lots of youth from different churches took part in this service. Mary Alice Douglas was the best; she played the part of an old lady who grew up in Tupelo, Miss., and she told how things were then and how they are now. She encouraged the youth to get all the education they can and make the best of it.

  • Sousa’s ‘Liberty Bell March’ to kick off Babahatchie concert

    Babahatchie Community Band will honor “March King” John Philip Sousa with the opening number at its March 4 concert.

    The concert begins at 3 p.m. in Harriman High School auditorium. Admission is free.

    Sousa’s “Liberty Bell March was originally written for his unfinished operetta the Devil’s Deputy but financing for the production fell through, said band member Alison Westrich.

  • The Garden Gate: Dowsing’s a divine art with nature’s witch hazel

    By Ellen Probert Williamson
    Is it possible that you are a dowser or, as dowsers are sometimes called, a water witch?

    Dowsing is an ancient craft using branches of the witch hazel or willow tree to locate the presence of underground water. The dowser holds a wishbone-shaped, forked branch straight out before him and walks up and down, back and forth, over the terrain where he hopes to find a water source and construct a well.

    Not everyone has this ability. Perhaps you do.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Feb. 29

    25 Years Ago
    Harriman Utility Board passed sewer rate increases that hiked business rates as much as 395 percent and residential user rates about 60 percent. The increase was necessary to fund construction of a state-mandated new wastewater treatment facility.

    10 Years Ago

  • Charles takes heart in cardiac rehab

    Tommy Charles never imagined he’d entertain the same bad habit he’d seen consume his father’s life — and even contribute to his death.

    But three packs of cigarettes a day and one heart attack later, Charles “got like Dad.”

    At 55 years old, Charles’ father died from a heart attack. He smoked three packs of cigarettes a day and was overweight and inactive.

    At 46, only nine years younger than the age his father died, Charles himself suffered a heart attack.

  • United Way to cap off its year

    Roane County United Way will have its annual meeting and campaign celebration next month.

    The event will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. March 29 in Michael Dunn Center’s conference meeting room at 629 Gallaher Road, Kingston.

    “This event is always a special time to thank our donors, volunteers and agencies who are at the heart of the Roane County United Way,” said Amy Harmon, executive director.

    Roane County United Way surpassed its $400,000 fundraising goal for 2011.