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  • TWRA to close Catoosa due to vandalism

    Heavy vandalism to the Catoosa Wildlife Management Area has prompted state officials to decide to temporarily shut off public access due to safety concerns.

    The popular outdoors area in Morgan, Cumberland and Fentress counties will be closed to all public access, effective Aug. 8, said Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency officials on Tuesday.

    Officials with TWRA, which manages the site, said vandals have placed nails, spikes and nail-boards in Catoosa fields, secondary roads and trails on since June.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Aug. 3

    25 Years Ago
    Membership in the Roane County Humane Society grew to 45 members in its first year of operation (June 1985-June 1986). After its founding that year, the organization was also chartered by the state.

    10 Years Ago

  • Tuning up for Half-Moon Music Festival

    Ed Calfee of the East Tennessee Concert Band plays a few test notes on his French horn before the ensemble’s performance in last month’s Half-Moon Music Festival.

    The lakeside festival in Ten Mile drew a large crowd. Those who arrived by vehicle were shuttled to the site; a number of boats also dropped anchor on Watts Bar Lake for a summer Sunday concert.

    Others performing during the annual event were The Streamliners and The Possum Hunters.

  • Blood drive set Aug. 9

    Medic Regional Blood Center continues to report dwindling summer supplies which lead to critical shortages of most popular blood types.

    “Community blood banks are encouraged to keep seven to nine days of blood on hand in preparation for emergencies,” said Christi Fightmaster of Medic public relations.

    “Medic has been operating on a one- to two-day supply most days and some days back-ordered on specific types, which means not being able to fill hospital orders,” she added.

  • RSCC offers contracts courses

    Roane State Community College will offer three courses this fall in contracts management, a field with strong earning potential.
    The first course, Introduction to Government Contracts, will begin Sept. 1.
    The class will meet on Thursdays from 5:30-9:30 p.m. at the college’s Oak Ridge campus.
    Once students complete the first course, they can take two additional contracts management classes.
    • Mission Directed Contracting: Oct. 4-Nov. 8, Tuesdays, 5:30-9:30 p.m., Oak Ridge campus

  • Save money on school needs

    Tennessee’s sales tax holiday  on Aug. 5-7 is a great time to save on clothing and school supplies — and not just for sudents.

    During this time, Tennesseans can enjoy tax-free purchases on certain clothing, school and art supplies and computers.

    What’s tax-free?

    Tax-free items include clothing with a price of $100 or less per item, school and school art supplies with a price of $100 or less per item and computers with a price of $1,500 or less.

  • The Garden Gate: Grapevine goodness gets sunny boost

    By Ellen Probert Williamson

  • Take a sales tax break: Exempt items include clothes, computers and school supplies

    Area businesses and consumers will get a boost from Tennessee’s Sales Tax Holiday next weekend, said state Sen. Ken Yager, R-Harriman.

    The special weekend begins at 12:01 a.m. Aug. 5 and ends at 11:59 p.m. Aug. 7.

  • Last chance to pick up Harriman alum photos

    Harriman City Schools Alumni Association will offer miscellaneous photographs to the public for the last time this summer on Aug. 13.

    The photos of stu-
    dents who attended Harriman City Schools have accumulated since the 1970s.

    They will be available to the public from 3 to 6 p.m. in front of the Temperance Building.

    A few yearbooks from the 1980s and 1990s will also be available.

    Donations will be accepted to help support scholarship funds administered by the Alumni Association.  

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of July 27

    25 Years Ago
    Efforts to combat drug use, abuse and trafficking in Kingston were given a substantial boost by the establishment of a drug fund for the city. Money for the fund is brought in through court-ordered donations upon conviction of drug offenders and allows the police department to finance undercover operations or any type of enforcement activities which relate to drugs, without going before the commission with an expenditure request. Such requests could unnecessarily alert targeted suspects.

    10 Years Ago