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  • Rockwood library plans science fun for summer reading program

    It's summertime, and time for the Rockwood Public Library’s 2014 summer reading program.

    This is the 26th annual statewide summer reading program in Tennessee. The theme is “Fizz, Boom, Read!”

    “We will be exploring all things science this summer,” said Rockwood Library Director Margaret Marrs. “These programs are designed not only to encourage the individual reading habits of older kids, but also to inspire and delight preschoolers.”

  • The Garden GATE: Gardeners try to fool Mother Nature

    Mankind has sought to outwit nature since the beginning of gardening.

    There is something fascinating about having summer flowers in winter and enjoying fruits and vegetables out of their seasons.

    Forcing plants and building greenhouses have become sophisticated arts, despite the advent of modern transportation capable of bringing us fruits, flowers and vegetables from other climes so that the seasons no longer really matter.

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  • Harriman Happenings: June 2 edition

    Pastor Jesse Sr. and Elfredia Williams celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Tuesday, May 27.

    Pastor Williams was in the Air Force stationed in Alaska. Elfredia was a student at the University of Tennessee.

    When he was on leave, he and Elfredia were married by the late Rev. C.W. Matthew in Mount Calvary Baptist Church.

    Afterward, Pastor Williams was stationed in California. After his discharge from the Air Force, they made their home in Knoxville.

    They are parents of two children, Lourenda Pryor and Jesse Jr.

  • The Garden Gate: Our meals would be different without tomatoes

    The ever-popular tomato, while not as venerable as the plants of Pompeii, or of the ancient Aztecs, has a very long and fascinating history.

    Starting out as a plant of distinctly ill repute,

    it has enjoyed a varied career replete with superstition and more

    than a few hints of witchcraft.

    And it is, by far, now the most popular garden plant we have.

    Three out of four backyard gardens harvested tomatoes last summer, a record unsurpassed by any other vegetable.

  • Help available to access BSF cemeteries

    The Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area will provide assistance on June 6-7 for family members who wish to visit remote cemeteries and do minor clean-up of graves of their relatives.

    This assistance will be provided to the park cemeteries that are not easy to access and located inside the park boundary.

    Transportation from a designated area in the park to the cemetery will be provided only to those who are physically unable to walk round trip, based on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Snake bite not big problem in Tennessee

    As summer approaches and many Tennesseans go outdoors for hiking and boating and other warm-weather activities, snakes will emerge as well. Vanderbilt University Medical Center medical toxicologist John Benitez, associate professor of clinical medicine and emergency medicine, offers tips for avoiding these reptiles and what to do if bitten.

  • Woman finds respite ‘a little closer to home’

    It started with a nagging cough.

    Saundra Gillum thought it was probably just some sort of cold virus and, like most moms, disregarded her health concerns in favor of caring for others. Her adult son was going through cancer treatment, the holidays had arrived, and her time was precious.

    “I didn’t think about myself,” Gillum said. “I was thinking more about my son.”

  • The Garden Gate: Flowers once governed society’s fashion sense

    What is in fashion governs us more than we realize.

    There are fashions in everything: clothes, foods, decorative arts, jewelry, hair styles, home decor, music, dance and drama, manners and morals, and, surprisingly, flowers.

    Wearing flowers is at a low point currently, but flowers were worn as lapel corsages or hair ornaments with almost any outfit in the 1930s and ’40s. And this was the heyday of the gardenia.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of May 21

    25 Years Ago
    Kingston property owners who did not live in the city had their hopes — and their votes — dashed with a 1987 Kingston City Charter change. It was the first time in many years non-residents who own property were excluded from determining Kingston mayor and City Council members. Consequently, it kept residents of Harriman, Rockwood, Oliver Springs and Oak Ridge who owned property in Kingston from voting in two of the county’s municipal elections.