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  • Military families can drive with pride with state’s Blue Star plates

    One of Tennessee’s newest license plates gives relatives of members of the U.S. Armed Forces a way to display their support for the troops.

    The plates, issued under a new law sponsored by state Sen. Ken Yager, R-Harriman, are now available to residents whose spouse, parent, sibling or child is serving in the armed forces of the United States at the time of application.

    "Today, we live in a free country because of the sacrifices of our nation’s servicemen and women and their families,” Yager said.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of March 2

    25 Years Ago
    Cherokee Middle School was trying to implement a class to teach the fourth “R” — responsibility — into its curriculum. Principal Jody McLoud said the class would offer ways for teenagers to prepare for mental and physical changes that take place during adolescence. It would also help “give kids the strength and courage to make their own decisions and not follow the trend.”

    10 Years Ago

  • MILITARY MATTERS: Steven R. Murphy

    U.S. Army Pvt. Steven R. Murphy has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

    Son of  Sherry Tipton of Harriman, he was a 2002 graduate of Oakdale High School.

    During the nine weeks of training, Murphy studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values and physical fitness.

  • MILITARY MATTERS: Dustin L. Heidle

    U.S. Army Pvt. Dustin L. Heidle recently graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

    The private, who earned distinction as an honor graduate, is the son of Shelia Bunch and Michael Heidle, both of Kingston, Tenn.

    He graduated in 2008 from Roane County High School.

    During the nine weeks of training, Heidle studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values and physical fitness.

  • MILITARY MATTERS: Andrew W. Beatty

    U.S. Air Force Airman Andrew W. Beatty recently graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio.

    Son of Timothy Beatty of Kingston, the airman is a 2010 graduate of Roane County High School.

    He completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

  • The Garden Gate: Nutrients in ashes can help us, too

    By Ellen Probert Williamson

  • MILITARY MATTERS: Ryan E. Jones

    U.S. Army Pvt. Ryan E. Jones recently graduated from the Fire Support Specialist Advanced Individual Training course at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla.

    Son of Ronald E. Jones Jr. of Harriman and Lisa K. Goodman of Devonia, he is a 2008 graduate of Oliver Springs High School.

    Field artillery specialists serve in intelligence activities including target processing, cannon battalions, division artillery, artillery and maneuver brigade and headquarters and fire support elements.

  • Eat pancakes to help feed seniors

    A pancake breakfast is planned this weekend to support the work of Mid-East Community Action Agency’s senior nutrition program.

    The breakfast will be from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Feb. 26 in Victorian Square Assisted Living, Rockwood.

    The $5-per-person cost includes pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee.

    All proceeds from the breakfast will benefit the senior nutrition program.

  • Want to grow your groceries?

    “Grow Your Own Groceries: From Seed to Shelf” is the topic of Roane County Master Gardeners’ fifth community winter workshop.

    The free two-part workshop, sponsored by Extension Agent Grant Palmer and Roane County Extension, will be on March 12. Lunch will be provided for a fee.

    Preregistration is required. Call 376-4497 for details.

    Area experts will be on hand to teach about soils, starting plants from seeds and good overall approaches to and techniques for home gardening.

  • Embark on 'A Sentimental Journey' with Roane Choral Society

    Roane Choral Society will present “A Sentimental Journey” at 7 p.m. March 5 in the student lounge on Roane State Community College’s main campus.

    The evening with coffee and dessert will include Roane Choral’s renditions of old favorites such as “Sentimental Journey,” “As Time Goes By” and “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes.”

    A three-piece band will accompany the singers. Several ensembles are also planned.