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  • Get ready for weekend's Polk Salad Fest, Pageant

    The annual Tennessee Polk Salad Festival and Pageant will kick into high gear at 10 a.m. May 14 with opening ceremonies at the gazebo in Harriman Riverfront Park.

    Tommy Hardin will open the event with music, and Autumn McCarroll will sing the national anthem.

    The country-fair-themed event will continue until 6 p.m. at the park and during the Cruisin’ in downtown Harriman.

    Parking, admission and all entertainment are free.

  • Candidate forums in Kingston, Rockwood

    Municipal elections are less than a month away, and two upcoming forums are planned to introduce voters to candidates and help them make an informed decision in the voting booth.

    The city of Kingston will have its forum at 6:30 p.m. May 12 in Kingston Community Center.

    Residents will have an opportunity to meet Kingston City Council candidates on the ballot for the June 7 election.

    Three council seats are open. Candidates include incumbent Norm Sugarman, Tony Brown, John Byrkit and Brenda Timm.

  • Shrine Paper Sale gearing up

    Jon Loden, left, owner of Loden’s Auto Body Center in Kingston, makes a $1,000 donation to help kick off the annual Shrine Paper Sale fund drive for Shriners Hospitals for Children.

    Roy Ford accepts the donation from Loden, who began his annual donation more than 30 years ago.

    The paper sale will be May 9-16.

    Several children from Roane and Morgan counties have been helped by the Shriners Hospitals.

  • Spring dance next weekend

    Several hundred dancers from Roane and 15 area counties will perform during this year’s Arts in Motion spring dance concert.

    Three performances by students of the Kingston and Rockwood studios of dance and choreography are planned next weekend in Roane State Community College’s O’Brien Theater.

    Performances will begin at 7 p.m. May 13-14 and at 2 p.m. May 15.

    Dancers range from age 3 to adult with beginning to professional experience.

  • The Garden Gate: Beauty of iris worthy of a goddess

    By Ellen Probert Williamson

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of May 4

    25 Years Ago
    Due to the passage of the Road Improvement Program, Roane County expected to receive a little more than $228,000 in additional funds for its highway maintenance budget. The additional funds result from a provision in the state bill which calls for 1 cent of the 4-cent gas tax increase to go directly to local governments.

    10 Years Ago

  • Harriman's Watson to close out 'NCIS' season

    Mike Franks fans will be happy to hear he is back on the scene.

    Rhonda Boudreaux  of Trost Moving Pictures Publicity cited sources at Entertainment Weekly who said Harriman’s Muse Watson will officially reprise his role as Franks on the CBS’ prime-time drama “NCIS” on May 10.

    Watson, who shot to fame in his role in “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” has recurred as Mike Franks on “NCIS” since season 3.

  • Still time to vaccinate pets

    Karen McBrayer tries to put Little Ann at ease during Roane County Humane Society’s recent rabies vaccination clinic in Planned Pet-Hood. McBrayer’s husband, Dr. Jesse McBrayer, is Planned Pet-Hood’s veterinarian.
     

  • Paver bricks to be dedicated during Memorial Day

    A Memorial Day program, including the dedication of more than 40 veterans engraved paver bricks for the Rockwood 2000 Memory Lane project, is planned in downtown Rockwood.

    The program will begin at 2 p.m. May 30 at Homecoming Park. The paver bricks were sold late last year and early this year during a special offer to honor area veterans and military personnel.

    Rockwood Mayor James Watts will give the welcome for the program, with the invocation by Rockwood First Christian Church Pastor Kara Foster.

  • Secret City Fest tickets set to go on sale Monday

    It’s festival time again in Oak Ridge.

    The bands have been selected, the schedule is getting full, and tickets to this year’s headliner concerts go on sale May 2.

    Tickets will be priced at an early bird rate of $15. After June 6, ticket prices will go up to $20.

    Fan favorites The Village People, will take the stage on June 17. The Friday night concert will begin when regional band Dishwater Blonde belts out some funk, rock and soul music.