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  • 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.

  • Eagles help Midtown family with health costs

    Jamie and Carla Ferguson of Midtown accept a $1,200 check from Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 3429 Entertainment Committee Chairwoman Sonia Sidlauskas and Vice President Becky Ward.

    The Eagles raised the money during a fall fundraiser to help offset the medical costs of Jamie Ferguson, who was without health insurance and was required to have unplanned surgery.

  • Girl Scouts in need of leaders

    The Girl Scout  Council of the Southern Appalachians is in need of individuals who have a passion and skill for working with young people.

    Girl Scouts is one of the world’s   preeminent organizations dedicated solely to girls where, in an accepting and  nurturing environment, girls build character and skills for success.

  • The Garden Gate: Christmas season plants have changed with the times

    By Ellen Probert Williamson
    There is a remarkable variety in the plants which symbolize this glamorous season of the year. Some of them connect with very ancient traditions and customs and some of them are fairly new, such as the poinsettias, which have only been the customary Christmas plant for a couple of generations.