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  • 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.

  • Planters primp up downtown area

    Rockwood 2000 members, from left, Sue Hill, Mary Kau, Molly Rogers and Sue McCutcheon install and plant one of 15 “trough planters” as one of the organization’s beautification projects in the city’s downtown area.

    Rockwood 2000 is also working on additional landscaping projects on Gateway Avenue.

  • Adult Ed graduation at RSCC June 30

    The Roane County Adult Education program will hold its annual GED graduation on Thursday, June 30, at 6:30 p.m. in the theater at Roane State Community College.
    A reception will be held after the ceremony for graduates and their guests.
    The event is sponsored by the Roane County Literacy Council and Roane State.
    Graduates and guests are asked to RSVP by June 24 by calling Cindy Hayes with Roane County Adult Education at 376-6663.

  • Plaid-a-Palooza Party to help Rockwood 2000

    Rockwood 2000 is planning something new and different to kick off the summer season.

    The organization’s Plaid-a-Palooza party will be from 6 to 9 p.m. June 17 in Rockwood Street Grill.

    “It is simply to come and have fun celebrating the beginning of summer,” said Sandy McIntosh of Rockwood 2000.

    Those who attend are encouraged to wear their favorite and funky plaid duds.

    Tickets are $25 each or $45 per couple and include dinner, and live musical entertainment.  

  • Half Moon Festival marks 12th year on Watts Bar Lake

    Pack up camping chairs and get ready to pull up those party barges for the 12th annual Half Moon Music Festival in Ten Mile.

    This yearly showcase of area talent blends music and a relaxing day spent in the scenic Blue Springs Cove of Watts Bar Lake.

    This year’s festival will be from 1 to 5:30 p.m. July 10.

    “The event is our way of giving back to the area,” said Wayne Tipps, Half Moon organizer.

  • Extreme heat deadly for kids left in cars

    On an 80-degree day, the temperature inside a locked vehicle increases 19 degrees in just 10 minutes.

    The numbers jump as the minutes pass — to 29 degrees in 20 minutes; and 43 degrees in an hour.  

    The experience could prove fatal for any human subjected to such excessive extremes.

    A child’s body temperature increases 3 to 5 times faster than that of an adult, and children exposed to extreme temperatures can suffer heatstroke, brain damage and death.

  • Heat moving ice-cream social to Kingston center

    The extreme heat wave of the past few weeks has forced ElderWatch to change the location of Wednesday’s ice-cream social.

    The gathering, an observation of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, will be in Kingston Community Center from 1 to 3 p.m.

    The program will include entertainment by Tommy Harding, ice cream and vendor booths with information of interest to seniors and their caregivers. Details will be provided about fraud, abuse and neglect.