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  • Last chance to pick up Harriman alum photos

    Harriman City Schools Alumni Association will offer miscellaneous photographs to the public for the last time this summer on Aug. 13.

    The photos of stu-
    dents who attended Harriman City Schools have accumulated since the 1970s.

    They will be available to the public from 3 to 6 p.m. in front of the Temperance Building.

    A few yearbooks from the 1980s and 1990s will also be available.

    Donations will be accepted to help support scholarship funds administered by the Alumni Association.  

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of July 27

    25 Years Ago
    Efforts to combat drug use, abuse and trafficking in Kingston were given a substantial boost by the establishment of a drug fund for the city. Money for the fund is brought in through court-ordered donations upon conviction of drug offenders and allows the police department to finance undercover operations or any type of enforcement activities which relate to drugs, without going before the commission with an expenditure request. Such requests could unnecessarily alert targeted suspects.

    10 Years Ago

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of July 13

    25 Years Ago
    Approximately eight miles of continuous welded rail was installed between Harriman and Rockwood by the Southern Railway System. The project was part of a systemwide program to replace all conventional jointed track with continuous welded rail, thus eliminating wear problems for a smoother ride, safer movement of trains and elimination of the “clickety-clack” sound.

    10 Years Ago

  • Foundation cites Legacy Society charter members

    The Michael Dunn Foundation hosted a reception and dinner late last month to honor the charter members of the Michael Dunn Foundation Legacy Society.

    The Legacy Society was established to show the community how important the mission of Michael Dunn Center is to the Foundation’s most ardent supporters.

    Each honoree had a personalized star placed above the Michael Dunn Foundation Legacy Society logo in the Michael Dunn Center front lobby.

  • Silent auction part of reading campaign kickoff

    A fundraising silent auction has been added to the Read With Your Child campaign kickoff for the Children’s Reading Foundation of the Tennessee Valley.

    The campaign kickoff luncheon will begin at 11:30 a.m. July 21 at Roane State Community College’s main campus in Roane County.

  • The Garden Gate: Our founders wouldn’t gobble up Ben’s idea

    By Ellen Probert Williamson
    With this year’s Fourth of July fresh in our memories, it is intriguing to know of the great controversy which developed when a national bird to symbolize American characteristics was being chosen soon after the original Independence Day.

    Many patriotic citizens voted for the great wild turkey, which was far more common to colonials than the more rare bald eagle.

  • Voters offered free photo ID

    A new law has recently been passed that requires registered voters to show valid government identification with a photograph in order to vote starting Jan. 1, 2012.

    This ID can include Tennessee driver’s license, passport, military ID or other valid state or federal government issued ID with a photograph.

    “If you cannot afford an ID, one will be provided to you free of charge, for the purposes of voting only, at the nearest Tennessee driver testing center,” said state Rep. Julia Hurley, R-Lenoir City.

  • Harriman honored for Princess renovations

    East Tennessee Development District and East Tennessee Human Resource Agency recently honored the city of Harriman during their annual Awards Banquet at the Museum of Appalachia in Norris.

    The city was presented with an achievement award for the completion of the Princess Theatre renovation project.  

    The Princess Theatre Complex consists of three historic commercial buildings on Roane Street, with the historic art deco Princess Theatre at the cen-ter.  

  • The Garden Gate: Recycle seeds, pits for a potential treat

    By Ellen Probert Williamson
    Have you ever tried garbage gardening? All kinds of nice little plants can be started from kitchen discards. Call it a form of recycling.

    Citrus seeds are easy to grow. Grapefruit or lemon seeds sprout fairly quickly and grow into small plants with glossy leaves and then into little trees.

    It takes at least five years for them to produce any fruit.

  • From a galaxy far, far away ...

    Members of the 501st Legion MidSouth Garrison portray “Star Wars” villain Darth Vader and his storm troopers for the delight of customers at Kingston Public Library’s used book sale last month.

    The group of “Stars Wars” faithful turns out for charity events to help draw crowds.

    Customers of all ages were enchanted by the noises and beeps emitted by R2D2, the popular "Star Wars" robot.