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  • The Garden Gate: Old-time herbalists knew how to treat aches, pains

    By Ellen Probert Williamson
    In January the Cree Indians say, “This is the time the world changes, the time when you can be transformed. You are the center fire. You are the flowering tree. The whole of a human’s life is watched by the thunder chiefs. You have a road within you, a turquoise road. Move your spirit on your turquoise road.”

  • Museum's train a rare Valentine treat

    Southern Appalachia Railway Museum will roll out its restored 88-year old Pullman dining car for its annual Valentine dinner trains.

    An assortment of four entrée choices await couples, who have  an opportunity to experience the romantic setting enjoyed by travelers during the golden age of rail travel in the 1930s and ’40s.

    The museum’s Secret City Scenic Excursion Train’s Valentine trips have become so popular that four departures are planned.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Jan. 4

    25 Years Ago
    Roane County’s first baby of 1987 was Ronald Allen Webb Jr. He was born at 9:26 a.m. Jan. 2 at Chamberlain Memorial Hospital in Rockwood. Ronald is the son of Charlene and Ronald Allen Webb Sr. of Rockwood.

    10 Years Ago

  • Museum closing ‘Noise!’ on Dec. 31

    The last day to sound off in the “Noise!” traveling exhibition is only a day away — the interactive playful look at the physics of sound closes Dec. 31 at the American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge.

    The exhibit gives museum visitors the opportunity to use flip flops to play music on the pipe organ or use the mallet to create musical notes on the various sizes of wrenches attached to the globe.

    It will also show visitors how many decibels they can generate when they enter the scream chamber.

  • MILITARY MATTERS: William R. Collins

    U.S. Air Force Airman William R. Collins graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

    Son of Douglas Collins Sr. of Oliver Springs, he is a 2011 graduate of Coalfield High School.

    The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

  • Woody attends DOE conference in New Orleans

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody was among officials from the Oak Ridge area who recently attended the U.S. Department of Energy’s Intergovernmental conference in New Orleans.

    Participants met with federal, state, and local leaders from DOE sites across the nation, including newly appointed leadership in DOE’s Environmental Management Program.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Dec. 28

    25 Years Ago
    Landmark Community Newspapers Inc. of Shelbyville, Ky., purchased the Roane County News, its weekly shopper, The Rockwood Times, The Harriman Record and the Morgan County News. No immediate changes were planned in the operation of the newspapers. LCNI was a division of Landmark Communications Inc. of Norfolk, Va., a diversified media company with holdings in television, radio, metro dailies and video programming.

    10 Years Ago

  • Secret City Fest in search of a winning design

    One of the most recognizable items at Oak Ridge’s Secret City Festival is the T-shirt.

    It’s been red; it’s been blue; it’s been tie-dyed; it’s glowed in the dark. But it’s pretty much had the same design year after year – a T-shirt with a logo on it.

  • MILITARY MATTERS: Justin L. Hagemann

    U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Justin L. Hagemann recently arrived for duty at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

    Hagemann is a security forces instructor assigned to the 343rd Training Squadron. The staff sergeant has served in the military for eight years.

    He is the son of Sheila Dulevitz of San Antonio and Douglas Hagemann of Kingston.

    Hagemann graduated in 2000 from Byron High School in Illinois.

  • The Garden Gate: Welcome the new year the old way


    By Ellen Probert Williamson
    Every January tradition impels us to ring in the new year with fanfare, parties and resolutions. But different cultures and religions along the way have celebrated new year’s in different ways, as well as at various times during the year.

    There is something exciting about the prospect of a new year ahead with all its questions still to be answered.