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Community News

  • Master Gardeners to study ‘Orchard Skills’

    “Orchard Skills: From Planting to Pruning” is the topic of the Roane County Master Gardener’s  sixth winter workshop, planned for Feb. 25.

    The Master Gardeners are teaming up with Roane County Extension Agent Grant Palmer and Bradbury United Methodist Church to provide both classroom training and active, hands-on experience in an orchard.

    The classroom experience will include lunch, a discussion of soil prepara-
    tion, plant selection, planting, fertilization, pruning and opportunities for

  • March 31 deadline for stewardship nominations

    The Department of Environment and Conservation invites Tennesseans to submit nominations for the Governor’s 2012 Environmental Stewardship Awards.

    The awards recognize Tennesseans who go above and beyond to protect the state’s diverse environment.

  • Goodwill opens Harriman store

    Due to the overwhelming support and business the Rockwood Goodwill Store has received from the Roane County community, Goodwill has expanded to offer an second location in Harriman.

    Goodwill hosted the grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony of its Harriman store on Feb. 9.

    The Harriman store, at 1233 Roane St., offers shoppers a varied selection that includes clothing items, furniture, toys and books. The selection will be replenished daily.

  • Tax refund on its way? There's an app for that

    IRS2Go 2.0, an expanded version of the Internal Revenue Service’s smartphone application, is now available.

    The app is designed to provide taxpayers easier access to practical tools and information.

    The new app, available on the Apple and Android platforms, adds a new YouTube feature, news feed and tax transcript service in addition to existing tools, such as checking on the status of a tax refund.

  • League in search of Roane observers for commission meetings

    Oak Ridge League of Women Voters is in need of volunteers to serve as observers at meetings of the Roane County Commission.

    The ability to listen and take notes is all that’s required for this integral member of the League’s Observer Corps, which is aimed at making more hands — and ears — for a more transparent government.

    Contact Jo Ann Garrett, Observer Corps coordinator, at 865-483-4466 to sign up.

  • OR park status to be reviewed

    The latest about the emerging Manhattan Project National Historical Park will be presented during the Feb. 9 meeting of Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association.

    Colin D. Colverson, an attorney from the U.S. Department of Energy Oak Ridge Operation’s Office of the Chief Counsel, will discuss progress of the park at the session, which will start at 7 p.m. in Wildcat Den of Midtown Community Center/ORHPA Building at Oak Ridge Turnpike and Robertsville Road, Oak Ridge.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Feb. 8

    25 Years Ago
    Scherenschnitte was experiencing a revival in the craft world. Pat Mynatt taught a class for Kingston and another for Harriman Community Education. Literally translated the German word scherenschnitte means “scissor cutting or snipping,” the cutting of paper into decorations. The art of paper cutting is such an old and widely crafted form that it is hard to put a beginning date to it.

    10 Years Ago

  • The Garden Gate: Flowers a welcome sight from dreary winter

    By Ellen Probert Williamson
    In some parts of the world the holidays are not yet over.

    The Chinese celebrate the New Year according to the lunar year which is based on the waxing and waning of the moon.

    Because the moon cycles take about 354 days rather than 365 days, the Chinese New Year’s Day occurs somewhere between Jan. 20 and Feb. 20 at the inception of the second new moon after Dec. 22, the winter solstice.

  • Pro2Serve largest United Way corporate donor

    Professional Project Services Inc. — or Pro2Serve — is once again the largest corporate contributor to the Roane County United Way’s annual fundraising campaign.

    Pro2Serve’s 2012 corporate campaign contribution of $22,756 matched employee contributions on a dollar-for-dollar basis.

    When combined with $2,371.93 raised by employees through special events that included a taco bar and chili cookoff, $51,883.93 was contributed to Roane County United Way by Pro2Serve and its employees.

  • ‘American Celebration’ honors heroes in uniform

    Roane Choral Society will present “An American Celebration” at 3 p.m. Feb. 19 in the theater on the main campus of Roane State Community College.

    “Come help us celebrate our great country in a musical tribute to our men and women in uniform,” said Julianne Bailey, a member of the Roane Choral Society.

    “Enjoy patriotic readings and songs such as ‘Battle Hymn of the Republic,’ ‘For Spacious Skies’ and ‘Armed Forces Salute.’”