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  • 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.

    Youngsters — and oldsters — were enchantec by the noises and beeps emitted by R2D2, one of the "Star Wars" robots who put in an appearance.

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

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of July 6

    25 Years Ago
    Four Harriman women treated Betty Dunn, wife of former governor and gubernatorial hopeful, Winfield Dunn, to a “morning call” during Dunn’s visit to Roane County. Margo Ahler, Gina Alexander, Lynn Cunningham and Nancy Newcomb initiated the call as a resurrection of a social institution that flourished during the Civil War period. Its purpose is to honor out-of-town dignitaries and house guests.

    10 Years Ago

  • Energy, mortgage and rent help eligibility starts Oct. 1

    Program funds offered through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program and Community Services Block Grants for rent and mortgage assistance will now be awarded annually to coincide with the federal fiscal year.

    Mid-East Community Action Agency, which administers the programs in Roane County, will award the funds based on a fiscal year that starts Oct. 1. Previously, the fiscal year began July 1. That means individuals who were served between July 1, 2010, and the end of June will have to wait until Oct. 1 to reapply.

  • FSA needs annual acreage reports by July 15

    Roane County producers are reminded to submit their annual report of acreage to the Roane/Loudon USDA Farm Service Agency office to meet program eligibility requirements.

    “Producers must file their reports accurately and timely for all crops and land uses, including prevented and failed acreage, to ensure they receive the maximum FSA program benefits possible,” said Roane/Loudon FSA Director Nancy H. Brackett.

    The deadline is July 15 for most spring-seeded crops.

  • Four join CASA volunteer ranks in June

    The newest class of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) completed training in early June.

    The volunteers, sworn in by Judge Jeffrey Wicks, center, are Christine Roberts, Joan Turbyville, Myranda Robinson and Dane Griffith.

    CASA volunteers are appointed by the Juvenile Court to be a voice for abused and neglected children.

    For more information, go to www.casaninth.org or call 717-4186.

  • Area marinas involved in poker run

    Watts Bar Lake and the roads around it will echo July 9 with the sounds of hundreds of powerful engines — boats, motorcycles and classic cars — for the third annual Watts Bar Poker Run.

  • Roane officials on board for ‘Read With Child’ initiative

    Tennessee First Lady Crissy Haslam will be joined by a host of dignitaries to talk about the most important investment Wall Street insiders don’t know about.

    Haslam will join the Children’s Reading Foundation of the Tennessee Valley on July 21 to launch a “Read with Your Child” campaign that seeks to encourage parents, family members and other caring adults to invest 20 minutes a day reading to their child.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of June 29

    25 Years Ago

  • The Garden Gate: Celebrate July with a bang and patriotic floral hues

    By Ellen Probert Williamson
    July is a month of celebrations historically, patriotically and religiously — and for just plain summertime fun.

    In spite of its hot, humid days and nights, July is a month filled with picnics, fireworks, swimming pools, sunshine, thunderstorms, watermelons and corn-on-the-cob.

    And let’s not forget serious remembrances of important religious and patriotic observances.

    The Christian festival of Pentecost grew directly from the Jewish Feast of Weeks.

  • Harriman alum pics available July 9

    Miscellaneous photographs of students who attended Harriman City Schools have accumulated since the 1970s.

    The HCS Alumni Association plans to make these items available to the public starting at 3 p.m. July 9 in front of the Temperance Building.

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

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

    Each year, funds are awarded to selected students at Harriman High School and Harriman Middle School.