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Community News

  • 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.

  • 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.