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  • The Garden Gate: Make your trip to the supermarket a history lesson

    Grocery shopping is a lot more fun than it used to be.

    All the supermarkets seem to be expanding in every direction these days, and they’re full of specialized departments which purvey myriad exotic fruits and vegetables from other climes, ethnic specialties, gourmét offerings, and ready-prepared foods that only need a zap in the microwave. The possibilities do seem to be endless.

    One department of special interest is the area where fresh herbs are available. They are packaged ready for use, or set in little pots to grace your kitchen windowsill.

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

    25 Years Ago

  • All-breed dog show returns to Roane

    Oak Ridge Kennel Club is returning to Roane County for its annual all-breed show this weekend.

    The show will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 18-19 at Roane State Expo Center on the main campus of Roane State Community College.

    Admission and parking are free.

    “This will be a fun and exciting family affair,” promised Tina Williford, Oak Ridge Kennel Club vice president.

    “The general public is invited to join us as we enjoy our canines and strut our stuff in the ring for ribbons and applause.”

  • Art of Active Listening training starts Jan. 28

    CONTACT Care Line’s Art of Active Listening training session will begin on Jan. 28 in the University of Tennessee’s Tyson House Student Foundation at 824 Melrose Place, Knoxville.

    Sessions will be from 7 to 9 p.m. each Tuesday through March 11. Cost is $50 for the general public, and $25 for students.

    Register online at www.contactcarelinetn.org/training/training-registration/.

  • New resource helps evaluate judges facing election

    A new campaign to educate voters about the judicial system, the importance of fair and impartial judicial elections and how to evaluate judicial candidates launches this week in Tennessee, one of eight states to participate in the “Informed Voters — Fair Judges” project sponsored by the National Association of Women Judges and the League of Women Voters.

    The project launches at noon today, Jan. 15, with a live webcast and videotaped presentation by former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day OConnor.

  • Yager to speak to Tea Party

    State Sen. Ken Yager will be the guest speaker during the general meeting of the Roane County Tea Party on Jan. 16.

    The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in Kingston Community Center.

    Yager, a Kingston Republican, represents the 12th District in the Tennessee Senate.

    In addition to Roane County, his district includes Campbell, Fentress, Morgan, Rhea, Pickett and Scott counties.

    A former Roane County executive, Yager is presently in session with the Tennessee General Assembly.

  • Eagles help give kids Christmas

    Harriman’s Fraternal Order of Eagles 3429 helped make the holidays brighter for some area families.

    The group hosted a kids’ Christmas party in the Eagles family room for the children on their angel tree.

    Fifty-eight children from Roane County received Christmas presents from this tree.

    The organization also distributed 30 Christmas baskets to area families.

    Harriman Fraternal Order of Eagles is at 422 Old Hwy. 70, Midtown.

  • State seeking environmental achievers

    The Department of Environment and Conservation invites Tennesseans to submit nominations for the Governor’s 2014 Environmental Stewardship Awards.

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

  • Gas prices holding steady in January

    January's national average price for a gallon of gas are holding steady at around $3.30 per gallon, reports AAA.

    “Motorists should see pretty stable gas prices this month,” said Jessica Brady, AAA spokeswoman, The Auto Club Group.

    “Gas prices in the Southeast are slightly cheaper than they were this time in 2012, whereas the national average is the same as last year.”

    The agency predicts pump prices will likely hold stable for the remainder of the month as multiple factors place equal pressure on oil prices.

  • On vacation with the Roane County News ... in the Caribbean!

    While Jack Frost nipped at noses during holiday preparations in Roane County, the Roane County News — with Bobby Davis and Deborah Alexander-Davis of Kingston — was on hiatus in a tropical paradise.

    “The photo is from our stop in Grand Cayman,” Deborah explained.

    The trio spent two weeks sailing the Caribbean, with visits to St. Thomas, St. Martin and Royal Caribbean’s private island in the Bahamas, Cococay.