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  • The Garden Gate: Orange you glad for these fruits?

    By Ellen Probert Williamson
    In Tennessee, we think of orange as a color, especially those of us who are avid sports fans, as it is representative of our team loyalties.

    The word orange originally referred to the scent of the fruit, rather than its color hue.

    The word orange is derived from Sanskrit, the classical language of India.

    The Sanskrit “naranga” is kin to another one, “naru” in another Indian language, Tamil, where naru means fragrant.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Jan. 25

    25 Years Ago
    As expected, Rockwood Electric Utility’s bank account was dropping faster than the temperature. REU board members decided a few months prior to absorb a TVA increase instead of passing it on to customers. Cash reserves get low when REU pays TVA before customers pay REU. According to REU Manager Charles Johnson, this happens every year. It usually takes three or four months to regain normal cash flow.

    10 Years Ago

  • Museum to showcase new sustainable shelter display

    Innovative home building technologies and strategies that can help restore the health and viability of natural systems are explored in “Sustainable Shelter: Dwelling Within the Forces of Nature” exhibition opening Feb. 1 at the American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge.

    Just as birds select and gather materials from their environments to fashion safe and nurturing nests, humans use natural resources to build homes to meet an array of needs and desires.

  • Harriman Happenings

    By Louise Warmley
    Happy birthday to Mike Gallaher. He attended Williams Chapel Sunday and he really enjoyed the service. After the service was over the members surprised him with cake and ice cream celebrating his special day. He also received some gifts. He was surprised, but it was a good one.

  • 'Round Rockwood

    By Josephine McKinney

  • PBS station premiering Y-12 series

    Located in the Bear Creek Valley of East Tennessee, the Y-­12 National Security Complex had its beginnings in the earliest days of the Manhattan Project.

    Just over Pine Ridge from Oak Ridge, a city built during the project by the Army Corps of Engineers to house thousands of workers, Y-12 would eventually come out from under its secret cloak to become known worldwide for its role in creating the world’s first atomic bomb used in warfare.

  • 'Rocks From Space' lecture Saturday

    Roane State Community College’s Tamke-Allan Observatory will host a public lecture, “Rocks From Space,” at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 21.

    Fritz Kleinhans of Indianapolis University will present the program on his interest in meteorites.

    The program will be directed to grades 5 and older. The regular stargazing will follow.

  • Marches, show tunes on tap Sunday

    Babahatchie Community Band will showcase show tunes and marches during its free concert at 3 p.m. Jan. 22 in Harriman High School’s James Williamson auditorium.

    Band member Alison Westrich said the concert will start with a march: “The Steel King” by F.J. St. Clair.

    “St. Clair was the director of the  Edgar Thompson Steel Works Band and dedicated this march to Charles M. Schwab who founded the band and was also the general manager of Edgar Thompson Steel Works,” she said.

  • Time to sign up for 2 farm programs

    USDA Roane/Loudon Farm Service Agency reminds producers that enrollment for Average Crop Revenue Election Program or the traditional Direct and Counter-cyclical Program  begins Jan. 23 and runs through June 1.

    “Farmers in Roane or Loudon County who are interested in enrolling in these programs need to add this important deadline to their list of ‘must-do’ jobs,” said Jane Rhinehart of the Roane/Loudon FSA. “Producers should contact the local county office to set up appointments.”

  • State offering parks, recreation grant funds

    The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation is accepting applications for Local Parks and Recreation Fund grants to help communities create and expand parks and recreation services.

    The department is contacting local communities about the grant availability and will host a series of workshops throughout the state on Feb. 13 to help communities understand the application process.  

    The application deadline is June 29.