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  • The Garden Gate: It’s apple season all around the world

    By Ellen Probert Williamson
    It is almost automatic to think of apples and cider when the crisp days of fall arrive, but how about pears and perry?

    Perry is pear cider, and very good it is.

    Pears have a venerable history which goes back for about 40 centuries.

    Originating in western Asia and around the Caspian Sea, they have been known for many centuries in Europe for as far back as the Stone Age.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Oct. 19

    25 Years Ago
    A Chattanooga pilot was killed in a plane crash soon after giving a flying lesson out of Rockwood Municipal Airport. The wreckage was discovered on Mount Roosevelt near the airport, about a half-mile off Airport Road. After dropping his student off at the airport, a witness saw the plane circle around over some trees and come back over the airport hangar “real low.”

    10 Years Ago

  • Youth endowment grants available

    East Tennessee Foundation has made major revisions to the application process for Youth Endowment grants.

    A two-phase application process makes it easier for nonprofit organizations to submit proposals which offer solutions to challenges affecting young people in East Tennessee.

    Letters of intent for Youth Endowment grants are now being accepted from youth-serving tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizations or other exempt entities within the foundation’s 25-county service area, which includes Roane County.

  • Baker’s fishing frenzy

    Madison Baker, 11, placed first overall for catching the most fish — 29 — in this year’s Dennis Ferguson Fishing Rodeo for Kids at Roane County Park. She placed first in her age group.

  • Friday's a Noisy Night at museum

    It’s new, it’s music, it’s family friendly, it’s the third Saturday evening of each month, and it’s Noisy Nights, a free-admission event at the American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge.

    Katy Free Three will kick off the inaugural event from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 15 in the museum at 300 S. Tulane Ave., Oak Ridge.

    The event includes music, pizza sold by the slice, playing with sound concepts in the Noise! exhibit and creating lots of loud fun.

  • 3 generations of Christenberrys among those at Wheat reunion

    More than 65 people gathered earlier this month at George Jones Memorial Baptist Church to attend the 80th annual Wheat homecoming celebration.

    This year’s celebration was a special one for the Christenberry family. Three generations made a special trip from all parts of the country to celebrate their family’s heritage in the former Roane County community, which is now part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Reservation.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Oct. 12

    25 Years Ago
    Due to “allegations from various sources,” the state Division of Municipal Audits, under the heading of the Comptroller of the Treasury, is reviewing records of the city of Rockwood. The Comptroller of the Treasury is responsible for making sure proper accounting procedures are in place and that public funds are adequately accounted for.

    10 Years Ago

  • The Garden Gate: Fall is a sweet season abounding with treats

    By Ellen Probert Williamson
    There is a great deal of confusion in most people’s minds as to whether tomatoes are fruits or vegetables — and it’s all the fault of the U.S. Supreme Court.

    Botanically speaking, the tomato is a fruit. But in 1893, after an importer claimed that tomatoes were fruits and, therefore, not subject to duty, the court, who apparently realized the government was more interested in the collection of duty funds that in botanical accuracy, ruled it a vegetable. People have been debating the point ever since.

  • Have a mental health query? Ask Ridgeview

    As part of the Oct. 2-8 Mental Illness Awareness Week, Ridgeview has established an email address where individuals can anonymously ask questions about mental health concerns.

    Questions sent to askridgeview@ridgevw.com will be answered by Ridgeview’s clinical staff on the Ask Ridgeview link of its website, www.ridgeviewresources.com.

    The goal is to make it easier for people to take the first step in getting answers to questions of concern about themselves or loved ones.

  • Splish! Splash!