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  • Secret City book reveals life during Manhattan Project

    Jay Searcy, author of the “The Last Reunion,” grew up in Oak Ridge, the secret headquarters for the Manhattan Project in World War II.

    He was one of 11,000 children from all over America who were thrown together during the war while their parents worked secretly around the clock.

    Many did not know that they were creating the most devastating weapon in history and ushering in the Atomic Age.

    Today those children are in their mid-70s, the last living generation to have witnessed the Oak Ridge miracle.

  • The Garden Gate: Colonists’ spirits rest with us in this season of thanks

    By Ellen Probert Williamson
    As we come to the end of November, we are face to face with some important celebrations: Thanksgiving, the day of St. Andrew, the national emblem of Scotland, and the beginning of Advent in the Christian faith that leads up to Christmas.

    It is common knowledge that Thanksgiving began in New England as the Pilgrims’ celebration of gratitude for being alive and prospering after their first year of deprivation in the New World.

  • Christmastime special at Rugby

    Candlelit visits to traditionally decorated historic buildings, glimpses of 1880s Rugby Christmases, seasonal music, an award-winning film and mural at the Rugby Visitor Centre & Theatre and a traditional Victorian dinner all await visitors to Christmas at Historic Rugby.

    The annual holiday fundraiser will be on Dec. 3 at the British-founded museum village atop the Cumberland Plateau.   

  • Caroling, reading part of OS festivities

    A number of holiday festivities are planned in conjunction with Oliver Springs’ annual Christmas parade on Dec. 3.

    The opening ceremony starts at 3:30 p.m. at the court of flags on East Tri County Boulevard.

    The parade line-up will begin at 4:45 p.m. at Arrowhead Park. The parade will begin at 5:30 and follow the traditional parade through town and end back at Arrowhead Park.

    Following the conclusion of the parade there will be Christmas caroling at the old Presbyterian Church at 7 p.m.

  • Rockwood's home tour ushers in holidays

    Experience the magic of Christmas during the annual Tour of Homes in the picturesque Rockwood, nestled at the foot of the mountain.

    Seven stately homes will be featured during this year’s tour on Dec. 3-4. Tour hours are from 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday and from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday.

    An authentic storyteller will perform for this year’s event.

    In downtown Rockwood will be the grand opening of Found, an art gallery featuring area artists and décor from Glitterville and One Hundred 80 Degrees.   

  • Book on stuttering therapy now available at OS library

    “Self-Therapy for the Stutterer” is now available at Oliver Springs Public Library.

    The 192-page book is the classic self-help guide written by Malcolm Fraser, founder of The Stuttering Foundation.

    This book outlines a self-therapy program which describes what the person who stutters can do to work toward better communication.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Nov. 23

    25 Years Ago
    Property tax bills were about a month and a half late in being mailed out due to Roane County’s reappraisal process. An estimated $200,000 that would normally have been deposited was yet to be collected. To keep the county from operating in a deficit, $300,000 was transferred from the general-purpose fund on a tax anticipation note, to be repaid with interest.

    10 Years Ago

  • Santa rides the rails in December

    For the first two weekends in December, Santa Claus will leave his sleigh in the garage and climb aboard the Secret City Scenic Excursion Train.

    St. Nick be on board the train Dec. 3-4 and Dec. 10-11.

    He's sure to delight children of all ages as he makes his way through the train passing out gift bags and making himself available for pictures with children.

    The volunteers of Southern Appalachia Railway Museum will have the train all decked out in holiday style to add to the excitement of the trips and the season.

  • Fort candlelight tour gives a glimpse of area’s historic past

    Kingston’s Fort Southwest Point will celebrate the sights, sounds and flavors
    of the past during its annu-al Christmas candlelight tour and reception on Dec. 13.

    Fort volunteers will dish up hospitality and history during the tour, from 6 to 9 p.m.

    Admission is free; donations will be accepted to assist in the rebuilding program now in progress.

  • Tune up those tubas for Merry TubaChristmas

    Harriman’s 23rd annual Merry TubaChristmas Concert is planned for Dec. 3 in Harriman High School.

    The concert starts at 11 a.m. Admission is free.

    Babahatchie Community Band organizes the event, which features a melodious-sounding tuba/euphonium choir under the direction of Sande MacMorran.

    Tuba/sousaphone and euphonium/baritone players of all degrees of ability are welcome to participate in this concert of carols and songs of Christmas.