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  • The Garden Gate: Ashes literally mark the beginning of Lent

    By Ellen Probert Williamson
    The beginning of Lent, Ash Wednesday, falls on Feb. 22 this year.

    Churches across the country observe this day with special services that  usually culminate with the marking of a cross with ashes on the foreheads of the faithful.

    The ashes used for these ceremonies of devotion are traditionally those resulting from the burning of palms left from the previous year’s Palm Sunday observance.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Feb. 22

    25 Years Ago
    A harmless-looking hole appeared in the back parking lot of Rockwood High School. It was later determined to be about a 28-foot-deep drop that some joked “carries boats to the Lost Sea.” Water Department Superintendent Curtis Early was willing to bet the hole was an ore mine. “We’ve filled these up all over town,” he said.

    10 Years Ago

  • RSCC training center sets Feb. 28 info session

    Anyone interested in Roane State Community College’s Advanced Materials Training and Education Center — a no-cost, high-tech training program for those who are unemployed or underemployed — is welcome to attend an upcoming informational meeting at the college’s Oak Ridge cam-pus.

    The meeting will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 28 in Room C-119 of the Oak Ridge campus at 701 Briarcliff Ave.

  • GOP Women to hear about Sharia Law

    Ann Zelenik, executive director of the Tennessee Freedom Coalition, will be speaking at the Roane County Republican Women dinner at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 23 in Kingston Community Center.

    The public is welcome to attend; the cost of the soup dinner with dessert is $5. Zelenick’s presentation will start at 7 p.m.

  • Uhuru Dancers featured at International Festival

    The Uhuru Dancers will be featured performers at the International Festival on Feb. 18 at the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge.

    The dancers will lead participants to experience African culture in motion through African dance, drum and song.

    The hand-clapping, toe-tapping music, song and dance of cultures around the world will be on stage at the family-friendly event, with entertainment on stage throughout the day.

  • Have a heart for organ donation

    The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security Driver Services Division, including the office in Rockwood, is participating in special February promotions to raise public awareness about organ and tissue donation.

    “The Department of Safety and Homeland Security encourages Tennesseans to give the gift of life by joining the state’s organ and tissue donor registry while applying for or renewing a driver license,” said Tennessee Deputy Commissioner of Driver Services Lori Bullard.

  • The Garden Gate: Need help? Garden to the rescue!

    By Ellen Probert Williamson, Columnist
    In a world preoccupied with wars, disasters and violence, it is hardly surprising that we are concerned with security and defense in our private lives and feel a kinship with our medieval ancestors who built fortified castles and forts and surround themselves with moats, palisades and armed defenders.

    This trend pervades so much of our present thinking that it is not surprising, and perhaps only to be expected, that even the garden comes into its share. Defensive gardening is a new thing.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Feb. 15

    25 Years Ago
    The long history of the Oliver Springs calaboose came to an end when Board of Aldermen decided to abandon the steel-bar jail cells and convert the space to a concrete “holding tank.” The calaboose, or jail cell, was built shortly after the town was incorporated and is replete with stories and memories. Former occupants swear it was a deterrent to crime because anyone held there resolved to never repeat his one experience.

    10 Years Ago

  • Harriman Happenings: Feb. 13

    By Louise Warmley, Community Correspondent
    We extend our deepest sympathy to the family of Lorrain Harrison, who recently passed away in University of Tennessee Medical Center. She was the mother of two sons and the daughter of Mariah Harrison. Services were held for her Feb. 4 in Kyker Funeral Home in Kingston. The Rev. Mark Green officiated. Our prayers are with her family and friends.

  • 'Live from Antarctica' today at museum

    The public is welcome to participate in “Live from Antarctica” in Oak Ridge’s American Museum of Science and Energy at 2 p.m. today, Feb. 13, as PolarTREC researcher Alex Eilers performs the tagging of Weddell seals in the Ross Sea in Antarctica and discusses her research project.

    The program will be in the museum’s auditorium.