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  • Pollinator habitats accepted

    Roane/Loudon County USDA Farm Service Agency is now accepting pollinator habitats as a Continuous Sign-up Conservation Reserve Program practice.

    The voluntary program helps producers apply conservation practices to safeguard environmentally sensitive land.

    Pollinator habitats support a variety of pollinator species, said Linda Tipton, acting director of the Roane/Loudon County FSA.

  • Babahatchie concert to kick off at cooler 7 p.m.

    The Babahatchie Community Band concert originally scheduled for July 1 was postponed due to last week’s extreme heat.

    The concert is rescheduled for 7 p.m. July 8 at Harriman Riverfront Park.

    “We thought it might be a little cooler at that time,” Babahatchie Community Band member Alison Westrich said. “We don’t want anyone to show up a 3 p.m. to be disappointed.”

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

    25 Years Ago
    Newly elected Harriman Mayor Jerry Davis appointed Clayton Isham, 24, as police chief and called a meeting of the police department to discuss other changes. Davis did away with the assistant chief and investigator positions; instead, the department had a police chief and three shift supervisors.

    10 Years Ago

  • The Garden Gate: What’s up, doc? Queen Anne’s lace up Bugs’ alley

    Did you know that the beautiful Queen Anne’s lace blossoms beginning to ornament fields and roadsides everywhere are really wild carrots?

    Pull one up and sniff at the root, and you will recognize the familiar carrot smell.

    The root you are holding is white, but it will be as edible as the familiar yellow ones. You will have to cook it a little longer than the familiar garden variety, but it will taste just the same.

    Carrots are related to parsnips, caraway and parsley and combine well with all of them.

  • Things to Do

    Editor’s note: The deadline for including items in Calendar is at least one week before the event. Items appear as a public service as space is available. Unless otherwise noted, all events and activities are open to the public.

  • Honor Guard needs a few good men and women

    The Roane County Military Memorial Honor Guard is in need of new members.

    The unit provides a final military tribute to honor the service of United States Armed Forces veterans in Roane, Morgan and part of Anderson counties.

    Graveside or funeral home services are provided at no cost to families upon proof of honorable discharge from any branch of service.

    To become a member of the Roane County Military Memorial Honor Guard, an individual must be honorably discharged from any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces.

  • 'Round Rockwood: July 2

    We've had several visitors recently: Steven and Bonnie McKinney of Rockwood, and Sharon, Jeff and Kayla McCarroll of Lenoir City.

    We extend get-well wishes to Linda Gamble of Harriman, Jo Smith and Nancy Chavas of Rockwood.

    Jeff McCarroll and David McKinney have returned from a trip to Sacramento, Calif. They  also went up the coast to Washington and Oregon and back through Nevada and Utah, Kansas, Nebraska and South Dako-ta.

  • Harriman Happenings: July 2

    Sunday First Christian Community Church had its annual Family and Friends Day.

    Guest church for the afternoon service was St. Mary's Baptist Church. The preached word was done by Pastor Jesse L. Williams Sr. Music was by the Gospel Chorus and the devotion was done by the Deacons. Upon our arrival a delicious lunch was prepared for us.

    The service was enjoyed by all.

    This is where the Rev. Charles Johnson is pastor. Charles is formerly of Harriman.

  • Roane State program aimed at teachers-to-be

    Anyone interested in becoming a teacher — whether you are a professional who wants to change careers or a new student who will start at Roane State Community College this fall — is invited to learn more about Roane State and Bethel University’s new 2+2 program in secondary education.

    A meeting for interested students will be held on Monday, July 9 from 5-7 p.m., and two meetings will be held on Tuesday, July 10 (9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.).

    Those interested in the program only need to attend one session.

  • Take steps to keep your AC bills down

    Sweltering hot days make it harder to keep your home cool, straining air conditioning systems and energy budgets.

    The Energy Education Council offers some simple tips to boost comfort and save on electric bills during the sultriest of days:

    Make sure your air conditioner filter is clean. Change or clean it monthly during the cooling season.

    Ensure air can move freely around the air conditioner unit coils. Remove leaves and plant overgrowth that could keep it from operating efficiently.