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  • Rockwood's home tour ushers in holidays

    Experience the magic of Christmas during the annual Tour of Homes in the picturesque Rockwood, nestled at the foot of the mountain.

    Seven stately homes will be featured during this year’s tour on Dec. 3-4. Tour hours are from 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday and from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday.

    An authentic storyteller will perform for this year’s event.

    In downtown Rockwood will be the grand opening of Found, an art gallery featuring area artists and décor from Glitterville and One Hundred 80 Degrees.   

  • Book on stuttering therapy now available at OS library

    “Self-Therapy for the Stutterer” is now available at Oliver Springs Public Library.

    The 192-page book is the classic self-help guide written by Malcolm Fraser, founder of The Stuttering Foundation.

    This book outlines a self-therapy program which describes what the person who stutters can do to work toward better communication.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Nov. 23

    25 Years Ago
    Property tax bills were about a month and a half late in being mailed out due to Roane County’s reappraisal process. An estimated $200,000 that would normally have been deposited was yet to be collected. To keep the county from operating in a deficit, $300,000 was transferred from the general-purpose fund on a tax anticipation note, to be repaid with interest.

    10 Years Ago

  • Santa rides the rails in December

    For the first two weekends in December, Santa Claus will leave his sleigh in the garage and climb aboard the Secret City Scenic Excursion Train.

    St. Nick be on board the train Dec. 3-4 and Dec. 10-11.

    He's sure to delight children of all ages as he makes his way through the train passing out gift bags and making himself available for pictures with children.

    The volunteers of Southern Appalachia Railway Museum will have the train all decked out in holiday style to add to the excitement of the trips and the season.

  • Fort candlelight tour gives a glimpse of area’s historic past

    Kingston’s Fort Southwest Point will celebrate the sights, sounds and flavors
    of the past during its annu-al Christmas candlelight tour and reception on Dec. 13.

    Fort volunteers will dish up hospitality and history during the tour, from 6 to 9 p.m.

    Admission is free; donations will be accepted to assist in the rebuilding program now in progress.

  • Tune up those tubas for Merry TubaChristmas

    Harriman’s 23rd annual Merry TubaChristmas Concert is planned for Dec. 3 in Harriman High School.

    The concert starts at 11 a.m. Admission is free.

    Babahatchie Community Band organizes the event, which features a melodious-sounding tuba/euphonium choir under the direction of Sande MacMorran.

    Tuba/sousaphone and euphonium/baritone players of all degrees of ability are welcome to participate in this concert of carols and songs of Christmas.

  • Babahatchie Band kicking off the season with Sunday performance

    Babahatchie Community Band wants to help Roane County ring in the holiday season with a free concert at 2 p.m. Nov. 20 in the James M. Williamson Auditorium of Harriman High School.

    The concert will have a few Christmas favorites and a couple of new things, promised Alison Westrich, Babahatchie spokeswoman.

  • Harriman’s TubaChristmas concert Dec. 3

    Merry TubaChristmas is celebrating its 38th anniversary. Created by Harvey Phillips, Merry Tuba Christmas 2011 concerts will be presented in more than 250 cities throughout the United States and in several foreign countries.
    Phillips was inspired to create Tuba Christmas as an annual event honoring his teacher, the late tubist William J. Bell, who was born on Christmas Day in 1902.  
    Every Christmas season, tuba and euphonium players of all ages gather to pay respects to Bell and all the great artists and teachers who represent their heritage.  

  • The Garden Gate: ‘Super trees’ deserving of the title

    By Ellen Probert Williamson
    One of the oldest living species of plants in the world is the gingko tree, which has flourished unchanged for nearly 200 million years, when dinosaurs roamed the Earth during the Mezozoic period. For this reason it is often referred to as a living fossil.

    Botanists researching the ancient evolution of plants through their fossil remains have discovered gingko trees were to be found in many parts of the world in prehistoric
    times.

  • Leadership group touring Roane

    The East Tennessee Regional Leadership Association is touring Roane County today, Nov. 16, as its final class of the 2011 season.

    Environment is the topic of the tour to be led by Tony LaMance, the Roane County ETRLA representative.

    “I want folks experience the awesome beauty not only in the natural surroundings, but our people who make it such a wonderful place to be,” LaMance said of his plans for the tour.