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  • The Garden Gate: Keep scents floral all year long

    By Ellen Probert Williamson
    How delightful is the summer breeze wafting across the garden and carrying with it the mingled scents of all the flowers? Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could bottle it and uncork it in the house on a snowy February day?

    Bottling flower scents is, of course, the business of the perfumer. And a fascinating business it is. Did you know that at Grasse, France, there are 50 perfume factories employing many hundreds of people?

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Feb. 1

    25 Years Ago
    Members of Junior Roane Clean Community System at Cherokee Middle School sold the school’s parking lot potholes for Valentine’s Day. Individuals paid $5, $10 or $25 depending on the size of the pothole. A heart was painted around the hole with initials beside it. Sweethearts got a framed picture of their beloved placing a frilly valentine over their pothole. Members hoped to raise enough money to get the potholes filled.

    10 Years Ago

  • Sew, what's new at John Knox Center?

    Helen Leigh of Decatur and Martha Thompson of Rockwood show off a quilt during the seventh annual Sewing on the River at John Knox Center in Ten Mile.

    Thirty-two women shared four days of Christian fellowship while making many quilts, wall hangings and scarves — many for charity organizations — and 142 pillows for cancer patients.

    Elaine Lindsay, owner of Loose Threads in Harriman, converted a cabin to a sewing shop and participated in the retreat.

  • Harriman Happenings

    By Louise Warmley • Community Correspondent
    Sybil Cannon and Alicia Harris took their mother, Julia Harris, to Ruby Tuesday for a special dinner to celebrate her birthday. All day Tuesday Julia was blessed, first because of what her daughters did for her and the calls she received from her other children, relatives and friends. She was thankful for the many cards and gifts she received. So Julia, we wish you God’s blessings and many more birthdays.

  • 'Round Rockwood

    By Josephine McKinney • Community Correspondent
    It may come as a surprise, but my letter will be published each week in the Monday issue of the Roane County News.

    I want to express my sincere sympathy to the family of Mrs. Alta Lewis of Harriman. Among her survivors, her daughter, Kathleen, married to our son, Dr. Joe McKinney of Chesapeake, Virginia; their children, Grace, Evan, Nate and Joy; son David and wife Dr. Julie Smith McKinney; daughter Dannise (Roger) McKinney of Harriman, and daughter Leslie (The Rev. Gale Hartley) of Jamestown.

  • Free tax preparation available at United Way starting on Monday

    The Roane County United Way will offer its annual free tax preparation through the Volunteer Income Tax Preparation Assistance program starting Jan. 30.

    Now in its ninth season, VITA provides free federal tax assistance and electronic filing. These services include Earned Income Tax Credit, student loan deductions and Child Tax Credit and more.

    VITA offers taxpayers an alternative to have their returns prepared and e-filed by knowledgeable volunteers at no cost.

  • RSCC names top alumni

    An artist-entrepreneur, a nurse and an educator were named Roane State Community College’s 2011 Outstanding Alumni.

    The recipients are Stephen Brown, creator of the popular giftware and lifestyles company Glitterville Studios, 1987 nursing graduate Ellen Kelly of Knoxville and longtime Scott County educator Mike Lay of Oneida. Each was honored for their achievements in their professions and in their communities.

  • The Garden Gate: Orange you glad for these fruits?

    By Ellen Probert Williamson
    In Tennessee, we think of orange as a color, especially those of us who are avid sports fans, as it is representative of our team loyalties.

    The word orange originally referred to the scent of the fruit, rather than its color hue.

    The word orange is derived from Sanskrit, the classical language of India.

    The Sanskrit “naranga” is kin to another one, “naru” in another Indian language, Tamil, where naru means fragrant.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Jan. 25

    25 Years Ago
    As expected, Rockwood Electric Utility’s bank account was dropping faster than the temperature. REU board members decided a few months prior to absorb a TVA increase instead of passing it on to customers. Cash reserves get low when REU pays TVA before customers pay REU. According to REU Manager Charles Johnson, this happens every year. It usually takes three or four months to regain normal cash flow.

    10 Years Ago

  • Museum to showcase new sustainable shelter display

    Innovative home building technologies and strategies that can help restore the health and viability of natural systems are explored in “Sustainable Shelter: Dwelling Within the Forces of Nature” exhibition opening Feb. 1 at the American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge.

    Just as birds select and gather materials from their environments to fashion safe and nurturing nests, humans use natural resources to build homes to meet an array of needs and desires.