By Ellen Probert Williamson, Columnist In a world preoccupied with wars, disasters and violence, it is hardly surprising that we are concerned with security and defense in our private lives and feel a kinship with our medieval ancestors who built fortified castles and forts and surround themselves with moats, palisades and armed defenders.
This trend pervades so much of our present thinking that it is not surprising, and perhaps only to be expected, that even the garden comes into its share. Defensive gardening is a new thing.
25 Years Ago
The long history of the Oliver Springs calaboose came to an end when Board of Aldermen decided to abandon the steel-bar jail cells and convert the space to a concrete “holding tank.” The calaboose, or jail cell, was built shortly after the town was incorporated and is replete with stories and memories. Former occupants swear it was a deterrent to crime because anyone held there resolved to never repeat his one experience.
By Louise Warmley, Community Correspondent
We extend our deepest sympathy to the family of Lorrain Harrison, who recently passed away in University of Tennessee Medical Center. She was the mother of two sons and the daughter of Mariah Harrison. Services were held for her Feb. 4 in Kyker Funeral Home in Kingston. The Rev. Mark Green officiated. Our prayers are with her family and friends.
The public is welcome to participate in “Live from Antarctica” in Oak Ridge’s American Museum of Science and Energy at 2 p.m. today, Feb. 13, as PolarTREC researcher Alex Eilers performs the tagging of Weddell seals in the Ross Sea in Antarctica and discusses her research project.
“Orchard Skills: From Planting to Pruning” is the topic of the Roane County Master Gardener’s sixth winter workshop, planned for Feb. 25.
The Master Gardeners are teaming up with Roane County Extension Agent Grant Palmer and Bradbury United Methodist Church to provide both classroom training and active, hands-on experience in an orchard.
The classroom experience will include lunch, a discussion of soil prepara-
tion, plant selection, planting, fertilization, pruning and opportunities for
IRS2Go 2.0, an expanded version of the Internal Revenue Service’s smartphone application, is now available.
The app is designed to provide taxpayers easier access to practical tools and information.
The new app, available on the Apple and Android platforms, adds a new YouTube feature, news feed and tax transcript service in addition to existing tools, such as checking on the status of a tax refund.
The latest about the emerging Manhattan Project National Historical Park will be presented during the Feb. 9 meeting of Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association.
Colin D. Colverson, an attorney from the U.S. Department of Energy Oak Ridge Operation’s Office of the Chief Counsel, will discuss progress of the park at the session, which will start at 7 p.m. in Wildcat Den of Midtown Community Center/ORHPA Building at Oak Ridge Turnpike and Robertsville Road, Oak Ridge.