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Community News

  • Ruppe heading up CASA board

    Becky Ruppe has been elected chairwoman of the board of directors of CASA of the Ninth Judicial District.

    She succeeds founding chairman Jack McNew, who passes the gavel in a ceremonious act.

    Ruppe is executive director of the Morgan County Economic Development Board and serves on many boards in Morgan and Scott counties. She is a former Morgan County executive and served two terms on the Morgan County Board of Education.

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

    25 Years Ago
    Shortly after moving to the area, Fred and Anne Walker of Kingston noticed candy canes hanging from a tall cedar tree between the Kingston and Lawnville exits of Interstate 40. When they didn’t see it the next year, they decided to decorate the tree themselves. Why do they do it? For the motorists – to make people smile, especially people far from home at Christmas. Friends and neighbors have been encouraging, and “no one has said we couldn’t do it.”

    10 Years Ago

  • Harriman Christmas Tour in 21st year

    Celebrate the holidays in The Town That Temperance Built during the Harriman Christmas Tour this weekend.

    Now in its 21st year, the tour spotlighting Victorian homes and historic buildings will be from noon to 6 p.m. Dec. 10 and from 1 to 6 p.m. Dec. 11.

    Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for ages 6-12; ages 5 and younger are admitted free.

  • Historic Harriman library again part of tour’s route

    The historic Harriman Public Library continues its tradition this weekend as a mainstay on the city’s Christmas Tour.

    The library and a gift shop will be open during tour hours — from noon to 6 p.m. Dec. 10 and from 1 to 6 p.m. Dec. 11.

    The library, one of 2,509 libraries built with funds provided by steel magnate and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, has been in Harriman for more than 100 years as a place of learning and enrichment.

  • Quartjar heads to Noisy Nights

    The electro-acoustic progressive blues rock band Quartjar will usher in the holidays during the Noisy Nights finale at American Museum of Science and Energy on Dec. 17.

    Admission is free to the program, which is from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Pizza by the slice will be offered for sale, and Oak Ridge Garden Club will decorate the lobby for the event.

    The family friendly evening event features Randall Brown on guitar and vocals, Malcolm Norman on bass and Tory Flanniken on drums and harmonica.

  • Disc golfers donate to Roane parks program

    Members of the Roane County Disc Golf Club flank Roane County Parks and Recreation Director Tony Brown, front at right, who accepts a $320 check from the group from the summer’s Tuesday-night tournaments played at Roane County Park.

    On hand for the presentation are, from left, Victor Poole, Mike Devuono, Kelly Jenkins, Chris Irish, Jack Elliot, Robby Jones, Brown, Fred Wederland, Gary Buell, Dylan Parrish and Darren Settles.

  • The Garden Gate: Wreaths encircle ancient traditions

    By Ellen Probert Williamson
    Evergreen and holly wreaths are everywhere during the holiday season, but all kinds of wreaths adorn our houses the rest of the year.

    They include wreaths of grapevine, straw, dried flowers and herbs, ribbon bows and lace ruffles. Even such unlikely materials as pretzels and macaroni make their appearance, not to mention straw hats wreathed with blossoms and ribbons.

    One wonders whether the residents of all those houses realize what an ancient tradition they are following.

  • Henry Center kids ask: Orange you a Vol?

    The Henry Center had two Orange and White Days during football season to show support for Coach Derek Dooley and the University of Tennessee Volunteers.

  • State looking to honor those who protect heritage

    The Tennessee Historical Commission has extended the nomination deadline to Dec. 31 for its Certificate of Merit Awards.

    The award is designed to honor individuals or groups who worked to preserve Tennessee’s cultural heritage during 2011.

  • Preservation group looking for most endangered historic places

    The East Tennessee Preservation Alliance welcomes Roane Countians to submit nominations of the county’s endangered historic places or structures to be included in the 2012 East Tennessee’s Endangered Heritage list.

    Nominations are accepted from Roane, Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Claiborne, Cocke, Grainger, Hamblen, Jefferson, Knox, Loudon, Monroe, Morgan, Scott, Sevier and Union counties until Jan. 11, 2012.