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  • Hotel company gives to Roane Heritage

     

    Roane County Heritage Commission recently received a $2,500 donation from Ryman Hospitality Properties of Nashville. State Sen. Ken Yager, center left, representing Ryman, presents the donation to Charlotte Branson, center right, Roane County Heritage Commission president, with board members, from left, Janice Black, Stephanie Wright, Bill Milburn, Darleen Trent, Robert Bailey and Junior Hendrickson. Yager told the group Ryman Hospitality Properties plans to make it a recurring donation.

  • Harriman Happenings

     Last week I misprinted how many people were present at the Christmas gathering given by Roland and Rosette Harkness. 

    Instead of five family and friends present, there were 50 or more. 

    Please accept my apologies. 

    Last Friday my son Marvin Ray and my daughter-in-law Anna Anderson from Knoxville spent the day with me.

    It’s a joy having your children to spend time with their parents.

  • CASA benefits from auction proceeds

     

    State Sen. Ken Yager presents a check to Becky Ruppe, board chairwoman of CASA of the Ninth Judicial District. With his check and the proceeds of a silent auction at his annual chili supper, Yager raised $3000 for CASA’s work of advocacy for abused and neglected children. On hand for the presentation are CASA volunteers and staff, from left, Sandra Weaver, Wendy Lanning, Joel Pearman, Brent Sigmon, Dane Griffith, Holley Lopater, Nancy Maynard, Jackie Rylander and Nancy Steele. Call 717-4186 for more about CASA.

  • New health care law to be discussed in Oak Ridge open house on Jan. 25

    As a part of service to the community, Oak Ridge’s Kern Memorial United Methodist Church will have an open house to provide the latest information about the new health care law.

    The open house will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Jan. 25. The church is at 451 E. Tennessee Ave.

    Anyone interested in learning about the new reforms, especially those who need to get health insurance in the new Marketplace, is encouraged to attend.

  • Tax-Aide to offer free tax help in Kingston

    AARP Tax-Aide is offering free income-tax assistance and preparation from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Tuesday from Feb. 4-April 8 in Kingston Community Center at 201 Patton Ferry Road.

    Seven IRS-trained tax counselors will be available on site to offer assistance this tax season.

    AARP Tax-Aide, one of the nation’s largest free volunteer-run tax assistance and preparation services available to taxpayers with low- and middle-income, has been available in Roane County for more than 20 years.

    Special attention is given to those age 60 and older.

  • The Garden Gate: Make your trip to the supermarket a history lesson

    Grocery shopping is a lot more fun than it used to be.

    All the supermarkets seem to be expanding in every direction these days, and they’re full of specialized departments which purvey myriad exotic fruits and vegetables from other climes, ethnic specialties, gourmét offerings, and ready-prepared foods that only need a zap in the microwave. The possibilities do seem to be endless.

    One department of special interest is the area where fresh herbs are available. They are packaged ready for use, or set in little pots to grace your kitchen windowsill.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Jan. 15

    25 Years Ago

  • All-breed dog show returns to Roane

    Oak Ridge Kennel Club is returning to Roane County for its annual all-breed show this weekend.

    The show will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 18-19 at Roane State Expo Center on the main campus of Roane State Community College.

    Admission and parking are free.

    “This will be a fun and exciting family affair,” promised Tina Williford, Oak Ridge Kennel Club vice president.

    “The general public is invited to join us as we enjoy our canines and strut our stuff in the ring for ribbons and applause.”

  • Art of Active Listening training starts Jan. 28

    CONTACT Care Line’s Art of Active Listening training session will begin on Jan. 28 in the University of Tennessee’s Tyson House Student Foundation at 824 Melrose Place, Knoxville.

    Sessions will be from 7 to 9 p.m. each Tuesday through March 11. Cost is $50 for the general public, and $25 for students.

    Register online at www.contactcarelinetn.org/training/training-registration/.

  • New resource helps evaluate judges facing election

    A new campaign to educate voters about the judicial system, the importance of fair and impartial judicial elections and how to evaluate judicial candidates launches this week in Tennessee, one of eight states to participate in the “Informed Voters — Fair Judges” project sponsored by the National Association of Women Judges and the League of Women Voters.

    The project launches at noon today, Jan. 15, with a live webcast and videotaped presentation by former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day OConnor.