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  • The Garden Gate: Poms prominent in art, culture

    By Ellen Probert Williamson
    Petrus Crecentius was one of the most prominent writers of the late Middle Ages. His late 13th-century book was translated from Latin to Italian 100 years later, with French and German translations following.

    Crecentius described in great detail the ideal medieval garden with its trees, flowers, pathways, orchards, fountains and, among many plants, pomegranates.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Aug. 31

    25 Years Ago
    Roane State Community College’s cheerleading squad brought back a trophy from a national competition. Brewster the Rooster, the Raiders’ 7-foot mascot, won Most Improved Mascot. That trophy represented besting 60 other cheerleading mascots from across the country. The cheerleaders made it to the finals competition.

    10 Years Ago

  • CONTACT now has helpline to aid Roane folks

    Samuel was about as low as he had ever been. His wife of 60 years had died the month before, and their only daughter lived across the country and had many health problems.

    Samuel’s wife had taken care of all the little details of their lives: shopping, meals and bill paying.

    Samuel was grief stricken and trying to carry on. His one consolation was his wife’s little dog, Suzy, now 14 years old.

  • Roane Choral group sings, ready for new season

    A Roane Choral Society ensemble recently presented “A Gospel and More” concert at Oral Baptist Church.

    Singers include, front row from left, Ranell Lane, Carol Brown, Louanne Bennett; second row, Peggy Sheppard, Karen Seiber, Margie Wadlington, Pat Estes, accompanist Amy Lane; third row, Nancy Beth Gerberding, Julianne Bailey, Debi Foley, Paul Crawford, George Wadlington, Director Eugene Hattaway; and back row, Marilyn Gaffin, Wendell Jones and Tim Stout.

  • Midway alums reunite after 50 years

    Members of Midway High School’s class of 1961 recently gathered at Woodlawn Cove Bed and Breakfast for their 50-year  class reunion.

    Attending the special event are, front row from left,  retired teachers Janice Eberhart and Boyd Woody; second row,  classmates Mary Moore Renfro, Susan Shipwash Townsend, Betty Clower Thompson, Shirley Raby Gourley; third row, Bobby  Collier, Jackie Longmire, Jimmy Jett; fourth row, Eddie Viar, Stephen Williams, Richard Heatherly; and back row, Ronald Ramsey, Danny Walker and Dillard Moore.

  • State gets its best ever ranking in Kids Count study

    Despite the challenges of the recession, Tennessee has achieved a state best in the National Kids Count Data Book’s ranking on child well-being.

    Its ranking, 39th in the nation, is its best ever. The ranking was included in a recently  released report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The book also looks at how children have been affected by the recession.

  • Gala supporters coming forward

    The Roane County Heritage Commission’s gala for the historic Roane County Courthouse is Oct. 1, and sponsors are already signing on.

  • Passenger car coming back to its Southern Railway roots

    Southern Appalachia  Railway Museum has been chosen as the new owner of former Southern Railway Coach No. 829.

    The 52-seat passenger car is the generous donation from the Bluewater, Mich., chapter of the National Railway Historical Society.

    The chapter considered several organizations to provide 829 a new home, and settled on museum based on its record of restoring and operating many pieces of former Southern Railway equipment.

    The transfer was completed on Aug. 1.

  • Rockwood Rotary chili supper today

    Today’s Rockwood Rotary Club annual chili supper kicks off a busy couple of months for the civic group.

    The chili supper will precede Rockwood High School football team’s first home game against South Greene.

    The meal will be from 5 to 7 p.m. in the new state-of-the-art Rockwood High School cafeteria.

    Tickets are $5 each and can be bought from any Rockwood Rotarian or Rockwood High School cheerleader.

  • Yager on state Aging, Disability Commission

    State Sen. Ken Yager, R-Harriman, has been appointed by Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey to serve on the Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability.

    The commission is the designated state agency on aging to provide leadership relative to aging issues on behalf of older persons in the state.

    For a number of years the commission has administered state funds providing multipurpose senior center programs, public guardianship, homemaker services, and home-delivered meals.