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  • First lady to help start up reading foundation

    Tennessee First Lady Crissy Haslam will be the keynote speaker for the kick-off luncheon for The Children’s Reading Foundation of the Tennessee Valley.

    The foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping parents understand how important it is to read to and with their young children daily.

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

  • MILITARY MATTERS: Christopher A. Washam

    U.S. Army Pvt. Christopher A. Washam recently graduated from basic combat training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla.

    Son of James and Lisa Washam of Kingston, he is a 2008 graduate of Roane County High School.

    During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission and received instruction and training exercises in drill and ceremonies, Army history, core values and traditions.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of June 22

    25 Years Ago
    The unemployment rate in Roane County dipped 0.5 percent in April to 7.2 percent. The state’s estimated jobless rate also dropped 0.5 percent to 7.8 percent, the lowest April rate since 1980.

    10 Years Ago

  • The Garden Gate: Eggplants are stars of Mediterranean market

    By Ellen Probert Williamson
    Vegetable gardens can be exciting to watch and tend while we look forward to future edible products as the great reward.

    They can be even more interesting when you consider the history of some of our everyday foods. Take eggplants, for instance.

    The people of the eastern Mediterranean regions eat lots of vegetables. They are especially fond of the so-called “fruit vegetables” — eggplant, zucchini and cucumbers.

  • TVA smart phone app provides information on lake conditions

    A new smart phone application from TVA provides real time information about TVA lakes.   
    The app, initially available to iPhone users, offers lake elevations, water release schedules, yearly operating guides and Google-based maps.
    Available for free at the iPhone App Store, the app gives lake enthusiasts access to TVA reservoir information from anywhere using Wi-Fi or the user’s cellular network. The app will also work on the iPod Touch and the iPad.

  • Hear about marvels of ham radio during Field Day event

    Amateur radio operators in Roane County will join “hams” from all across the country in a public demonstration of emergency communications during National Amateur Radio Field Day.

    The special weekend of events will be on June 25-26 at Fort Southwest Point, Kingston. The 24-hour demonstration will be from 2 p.m. Saturday until 2 p.m. Sunday.

    This annual Field Day event is the climax of American Radio Relay League’s Amateur Radio Week.

  • The Garden Gate: Yucca both beautiful in the garden and yummy on the plate

    By Ellen Probert Williamson
    Summer gardens are so often a blaze of color — even at the very beginning of summer, when everything seems to come to flower at once — that the lovely big towering stalks of yucca seem to strike a cooling note with their white cascades of blossom.

    Yuccas have many aliases derived from the various countries where they may be found. These include Spanish bayonet, desert candle, Adam’s needle, manihot and Cassavasor manioc.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of June 15

    25 Years Ago
    Kingston’s Don Colyer and Earl “Lucky” Leasure   built an exact replica of the old Roane County Courthouse as it would have looked in the 1850s. The half-inch scale model was something Colyer wanted people to remember the old courthouse by. Funded by the Roane County Heritage Commission, it took over a year to complete.

    10 Years Ago

  • Wear purple to build awareness for elder abuse

    Since 2006, when purple was chosen as the “awareness color” for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, Tennessee has played its part in “lighting the way” to promote a better understanding of abuse and neglect of elderly and vulnerable adults.

    This year is no exception.

  • Medic plans 3 blood drives

    Medic Regional Blood Center asks all eligible donors to make a donation this summer.

    “Donations are down this time of year; yet, the need is great due to the increase traffic and recreation in our area,” said Christi Fightmaster, Medic spokeswoman.

    Donors will have three chances in the upcoming weeks to give blood in Roane County.

    A Medic mobile unit will be at Oliver Springs Food City from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 21 for a blood drive.