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  • The Garden Gate: Fruit is salt of the earth and apple of our eye

    By Ellen Probert Williamson
    Salt is the only rock we eat. It has seasoned our foods for thousands of years and been used in many other ways. It is mentioned in many places in the Bible, and is, as it has always been, a necessary part of our lives.

    Salt has many powers. The interplay of salt and water is essential to life itself, and a proper salt balance is vital to our well being.

  • Presidential hopeful Cain making Roane stop

    The Roane County Tea Party has invited U.S. presidential hopeful Herman Cain to make Roane County a stop along his campaign trail on Oct. 15.  

    The visit is a luncheon stop at Roane State Community College Student Lounge and is sponsored by the Roane County Tea Party as part of their ongoing voter education effort.

    Former police officer and current Roane County Tea Party Co-Chairman Gary Johnston will ride the Cain bus for a few days to assist with logistics and security during some Tennessee stops.

  • Republican Women picnic set

    Roane County Republican Women will have their annual picnic at 6 p.m. Sept. 22 at Roane County Park.

    Cost is $5 per person.

    State Rep. Julia Hurley, R-Lenoir City, is the featured speaker.

    Call Barbara Sanders at 376-7105 for more information.

  • Henry Center fun fit for a king — or a queen

    Preschoolers at The Henry Center recently celebrated a Royal Gala in honor of the tiny princes and princesses the center serves.

    The gala was a kickoff to what is hoped to be an exciting year of adventures for the 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds.

    The day began with a royal parade, followed by songs, dance, fun, games and special “palace portions” of  juice, fruit and treats.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Sept. 21

    25 Years Ago
    Center’s Ferry in Kingston was put out of commission indefinitely. Wear and tear caused the engine to blow up. The decision to ground the ferry weighed on several factors, including a bridge under construction, the high cost of engine repair and the length of time needed for repairs.

    10 Years Ago

  • Free hot dog luncheon kicks off ’11 Roane United Way campaign

    Roane County United Way will kick off its 2011-12 campaign on Sept. 20 with a free hot dog lunch at Kingston City Park.

    A goal of $400,000 has been set for the 2011-12 “Make a Difference — Live United” campaign.

    The luncheon will begin at 11:30 a.m.

    The program will start at about noon with featured speaker Alex A. “Bo” Shafer.

  • Class teaches how to grow groceries

    “Grow Your Own Groceries From Seed to Shelf” is the topic of the next free community workshop offered by the University of Tennessee Master Gardeners of Roane County.

    The Sept. 24 workshop will be led by  Roane County Extension Agent Grant Palmer,  Anderson County Extension Agent Heather Guinn and area Master Gardeners.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Sept. 14

    25 Years Ago
    Camel Manufacturing, a Kingston sewing company, announced plans to permanently close its facility. The government contract for tents was not renewed, forcing the layoff of 60 employees.

    10 Years Ago

  • Let cassia spice up your day

    By Ellen Probert Williamson
    We cannot really know what was the first spice known and used by humans, but most authorities on the subject agree that it most probably was cassia or, as it is now known, Chinese cinnamon bark.

    Ancient records have proven it was used before 2700 B.C. It is still one of the most important and most widely used of spices today.

  • Men of Tomorrow to kick off 22nd program year this weekend

    The Men of Tomorrow program kickoff meeting will be at 3 p.m. Sept. 18 in B&W Y-12 New Hope Center at 601 Scarboro Road, Oak Ridge.

    This meeting marks the 22nd year of the program, which aims to encourage grades 6-12 in growth of self-image, academic achievement and cultural development.

    Participation is open to any student, regardless of race, color, or creed. The program is a 501(c)3 organization under the Men of Tomorrow Foundation and is free to all participants.