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  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of March 7

    25 Years Ago
    Construction began on a Hardee’s fast-food restaurant in Rockwood. The 3,490-square-foot structure was expected to employ 35 people. This was the company’s 53rd restaurant in Tennessee.

    10 Years Ago
    Piece by piece, several miles worth of sidewalks and streetlights in downtown Harriman were completed, thanks to a grant and private and corporate donations. Getting electrical lines underground also helped to enhance the project.

    Five Years Ago

  • Fruit-tree grafting to be emphasis at gardening session

    The Master Gardeners of Roane County will present a full-day workshop on March 10 in Roane County.

    This workshop will include sessions on grafting science and technique, followed by hands-on grafting of apples trees with David Lockwood of the University of Tennessee.

    All participants will be given the opportunity to graft and take home apple trees of their making.

  • Roane Democrats convening Saturday

    The Roane County Democratic Party will have a County Convention at noon March 10 to begin delegate elections for the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

    The convention will be in Rockwood City Hall at 110 N. Chamberlain Ave.

    Registration begins at 11 a.m.

    The local convention is open to any bona fide Democrat in Roane County.

    Bill Taylor, a candidate for Tennessee’s 3rd Congressional District, will mingle with Democrats during the convention.

  • Commodity foods to be distributed in area

    Mid-East Community Action Agency will have its quarterly distribution of USDA commodity foods this month.

    The schedule is:

    • Kingston Community Center, from 10 a.m. to noon March 21.

    • Mount Pisgah Baptist Church, Oliver Springs, from 2 to 3 p.m. March 21.

    • Harriman Community Center, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 22.

    • Rockwood National Guard Armory, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 23.

  • McCall serves as Yager page in state Senate

    Andrea McCall recently served as a page in the state Senate.  

    McCall, a student at Jefferson Middle School in Oak Ridge, was the guest of state Sen. Ken Yager, R-Harriman, and state Sen. Randy McNally, R-Oak Ridge.

    McCall was accompanied to the Capitol by her aunt and uncle, Teresa and Joseph Van Hook.

    Yager issued an invitation earlier this year for area students to experience the legislature in action as a page in the State Senate.

  • AARP driver safety classes slated this month in Rockwood, Kingston

    Mid-East Community Action Agency Senior Services Department will sponsor the AARP driver safety training program March 22-23 in the Mid-East office at 1362 N. Gateway Ave., Rockwood.

    The two-day class will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. both days.

    Another two-day class is planned for March 28-29. That class will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. both days in Kingston Public Library at 1004 Bradford Way.

  • April 1 deadline for crop assistance

    The Tennessee Farm Service Agency reminds farmers and producers of the April 1 deadline for obtaining non-insured crop disaster assistance coverage on mixed grass pasture for the crop year 2012.  

    The program was designed to reduce financial losses that occur when natural disasters cause a catastrophic loss of production or prevented planting of an eligible crop by providing coverage equivalent to catastrophic insurance.

  • Nature dwellings on exhibit

    American Museum of Science and Energy visitors have opportunities to learn the life cycle of a house, visit the lighting test table, and play the energy game at the “Sustainable Shelter: Dwelling Within The Forces of Nature” exhibition.

    The exhibit is open  through April 30 at the museum at 300 S. Tulane Ave., Oak Ridge.

    Museum visitors will be able to explore three key building materials — wood, steel and concrete — and the path each takes from its origin in the earth to its use in the home.

  • Harriman Happenings: March 5

    By Louise Warmley, Community correspondent
    Last Saturday, the sanctuary was filled with people who attended the Black History Program at Anointed Praise and Worship Church.

    Lots of youth from different churches took part in this service. Mary Alice Douglas was the best; she played the part of an old lady who grew up in Tupelo, Miss., and she told how things were then and how they are now. She encouraged the youth to get all the education they can and make the best of it.

  • Sousa’s ‘Liberty Bell March’ to kick off Babahatchie concert

    Babahatchie Community Band will honor “March King” John Philip Sousa with the opening number at its March 4 concert.

    The concert begins at 3 p.m. in Harriman High School auditorium. Admission is free.

    Sousa’s “Liberty Bell March was originally written for his unfinished operetta the Devil’s Deputy but financing for the production fell through, said band member Alison Westrich.