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  • The Garden Gate: Is yarrow a weed? Or might it be more?

    By Ellen Probert Williamson
    Progress means change, but sometimes, things do seem to go around in circles.

    So many of our more popular culinary herbs were first developed from wild plants or weeds. The list is long and sometimes surprising, since we are constantly being called upon to revise our thoughts concerning what is and is not a weed.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Nov. 2

    25 Years Ago
    Harriman’s American Legion was on the “endangered species” list. Newman-Davis Post 53 had only 75 members in the 67-year-old organization, compared to 400 in the post-war ‘40s and ‘50s. The American Legion War Memorial Building, built in the early ‘50s, was suffering, too. Several parts of the building needed repairs and replacements, including the roof.

    10 Years Ago

  • MILITARY MATTERS: Cameron T. Jones

    U.S. Army Pvt. Cameron T. Jones recently graduated from basic combat training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla.

    A 2011 graduate of Roane County High School, he is the son of Janie Hickman, and grandson of Kathleen Wiseman, both of Kingston.

    During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission and received instruction and training exercises in drill and ceremonies.

  • Reading Foundation awards $50 bond

    Edward A.G. Thompson, a 13-month-old Kingston boy, and his mother, Amanda, were the winners of a $50 U.S. Savings Bond awarded by the Children's Reading Foundation of the Tennessee Valley.

    The bond was awarded during the Kingston Country Fair.

    “This may be the start of Edward's college fund,” said Allen Lutz, board member for the Reading Foundation.

    Sixty-two children were entered into the drawing for the savings bond.

  • Good food, holiday themes in store during FCE’s Christmas Ideas Fair

    Have a home-cooked meal and get some fun decorating and gift ideas during the annual Christmas Ideas Fair.

    The event of the Family and Community Education Clubs of Roane County will be Nov. 3-4 in Kingston Community Center.

    Thursday hours are from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Hours on Friday will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Breakfast and lunch will be available both days, with dinner available on Thursday until 6:30 p.m.

    Homemade goodies, sales table and a silent auction are among the attractions.

  • The Garden Gate: Is the madness ready to begin?

    By Ellen Probert Williamson
    As November approaches, remember that the 11th month of the year is known as the Mad month in the American Indian calendar. That’s when anything can happen and usually does.

    Our annual Halloween celebration is an offshoot of the ancient pagan festival of Samhain.

    On that night, the ancients believed, the spirits of all those who had died during the previous year would come back to haunt those still living.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Oct. 26

    25 Years Ago
    The Federal Highway Administration gave approval to a proposed interstate exchange on Interstate 40 for the Rockwood Municipal Airport. State Rep. Jim Henry, R-Kingston, called the airport “one of the most underused assets we have simply because there has not been good access to the facility.” Approval could mean construction would begin in 1988.

    10 Years Ago

  • Heritage group gets $2,500 in grant $$$

    East Tennessee Foundation is celebrating 25 years of thoughtful giving — neighbors caring for neighbors — in 2011.

    To mark the occasion and to demonstrate what it does in its 25-county service area, the Foundation has awarded a $2,500 grant to a nonprofit agency in each of the counties it serves.

    The Roane County recipient of the grant is the Roane County Heritage Commission.

    The Heritage Commission, established in 1974, was deeded the old historic Roane County Courthouse in Kingston at the time of its founding.

  • Writing seminar planned

    Humor columnist Judy DiGregorio will conduct a workshop on Oct. 29 in the Anderson County United Way office at 161 Robertsville Road, Oak Ridge.

    The event, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., is the Tennessee Mountain Writers fall workshop.

    Using humorous readings and short writing assignments, DiGregorio will explore the purpose of humor, review the different types and styles of humor, teach participants about what makes people laugh, and identify possible markets for humor writing.

  • Watch the fall foliage, and watch out for ticks

    It’s autumn in Tennessee, and the state’s abundant natural resources are beckoning people to the woods — to hunt, hike or enjoy the beauty of fall foliage.

    And that means potential exposure to blacklegged ticks, which could be carrying the bacteria that cause Lyme disease.

    At the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, ecological researchers are engaged in a four-year National Science Foundation-funded study of ticks and the risks they pose for transmitting several diseases.