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

    25 Years Ago
    When Emory Gap residents took their battle against annexation by Harriman to court, city officials promptly refused to provide the area with fire or police protection unless it was a matter of life or death. That spurred one of the area’s residents to turn to the city of Rockwood for such services until the lawsuit was resolved. “We’re willing to pay,” W.L. Dickey said. Rockwood City Council members entertained the notion, saying the city would try to come to the aid of the area if it is legally able to do so.

  • Power of Purple 5K to benefit Relay for Life

    The Power of Purple, a 5K run to benefit Roane County Relay for Life of the American Cancer Society, is planned for March 29 at Roane County Park at 3515 Roane State Hwy., Midtown.

    Registration starts at 11 a.m., with the race to begin at 1 p.m.

    Race-day registration is $30, with all proceeds going to the American Cancer Society.

    There will also be a fun run and walk on the park trail.

  • Chili cookoff Thursday

    A chili supper cookoff will be from 5 to 8 p.m. March 27 in Kingston Community Center.

    All Kingston city departments will be participating and competing for the Golden Ladle Award in this fundraising event which benefits Smokin’ the Water 2014, the annual July 4 celebration and fireworks show.

    Tickets are $5 in advance, $7 at the door. A silent auction is planned. Call 376-1356 for details.

  • Bruce Pearl to speak at old courthouse fundraiser

    Former University of Tennessee head basketball coach Bruce Pearl will speak at a fundraiser to benefit the historic Roane County Courthouse.

    Pearl, who was named head coach of the Auburn Tigers last week, will be at the Princess Theatre in Harriman April 19.

    Pianist and Roane County native Dr. Eric Littleton will perform at 6:30 p.m. with Pearl taking the stage at 7.

    Tickets are $30.

    “Our goal this year is to renovate rooms in the courthouse and hopefully renovate the cupola (the top of the courthouse),” said Stephanie Wright.

  • Tennesseans to receive $2.8 million in refunds from e-book agreement

    Tennesseans will begin receiving account credits or checks this week in a partial agreement resolving an e-book price-fixing lawsuit brought by Attorney General Bob Cooper and attorneys general from 32 other states.

    The lawsuit, calling for $166 million nationwide payment, was brought three years ago against Apple Inc. and five of the six largest e-book publishers in the country. Those e-book publishers are Hachette Book Group Inc., HarperCollins Publishers LLC, Simon & Schuster Inc., Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC, d/b/a Macmillan, and Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

  • Farm storage, facility loans expanded

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture has expansion of the Farm Storage and Facility Loan program, which provides low-interest financing to producers.

    The enhanced program includes 22 new categories of eligible equipment for fruit and vegetable producers, and makes it easier for farmers and ranchers around the country to finance the equipment they need to grow and expand.

  • Harriman Happenings March 24

    Last Sunday my grandson Troy Anderson, his friend Ashley, and his children visited with me.

    We had dinner together. Troy’s daughter, Faith, was participating in a pageant that was held at the Princess Theatre that afternoon.

    The Rev. and Mrs. Jesse Williams’ granddaughter was part of the pageant too.

    The Rev. Anthony and Sybil Cannon are on a mission trip in Jamaica for a week.

    Their children, D’Naysha and Kelton, are with their grandmother Julia Harris and aunt Alicia.

  • $12.8 million in refunds awaiting 16,300 Tennesseans

    Refunds of more than $12.8 million may be waiting for about 16,300 Tennesseans who did not file a federal income tax return for 2010, the Internal Revenue Service announced this week.

    However, to collect the money, a return for 2010 must be filed with the IRS no later than April 15.

    Nationwide, almost $760 million may be waiting for an estimated 918,600 taxpayers who did not file a tax return for 2010.

    The law requires that the return be properly addressed, mailed and postmarked by April 15.

  • Take a moment to appreciate farmers

    USDA Tennessee Farm Service Agency encourages the public to take time to appreciate the state’s farmers and ranchers on National Ag Day, March 25.

    This year’s theme is “Agriculture: 365 Sunrises and 7 Billion Mouths to Feed.”

    “USDA is proud to stand behind the producers who rise before dawn 365 days a year in order to put food on the table for 7 billion people,” said Tennessee FSA Director Gene Davidson.

  • The Garden Gate: March is a whirlwind month of green and greenery

    The rollicking operettas of Gilbert and Sullivan are full of songs that often come to mind. One that is especially timely right now begins, “Oh, the flowers that bloom in the spring, tra la.”

    This is a busy month. There are all kinds of occasions and events that make it memorable. And all kinds of images come to mind, like lions and lambs, the bridge between seasons, the voice of the turtledove and, of course, the wearing of the green for St. Patrick’s Day.