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  • The Village People, Ricky Skaggs on tap for ’11 Secret City Festival

    The well-known 1970s party band The Village People and country/Bluegrass artist Ricky Skaggs will perform in Oak Ridge this summer as part of the Secret City Festival.

    The Village People will perform hits such as “YMCA” and “In the Navy” during their June 17 concert. Skaggs will perform on June 18.

    “Offering musicians in different genres helps the festival attract more people,” said Joye Montgomery, entertainment coordinator and head of the Arts Council of Oak Ridge.

  • AMSE sets summer science camp dates

    Parents can get summer fun down to a science for rising fifth (10 years old), sixth and seventh graders, when they register their child for the American Museum of Science and Energy's Science Explorer Camp June 6-10 and June 13-17 at the historic Freels Bend Cabin site in Oak Ridge.

  • Civil War plate sales to help preserve Tennessee battlefields

    The official Tennessee Civil War 150th Anniversary license plate is now available for car owners in the state.

    Sponsored by the non-profit partnering organization, Tennessee Civil War Preservation Association, proceeds from the plate will help preserve Tennessee Civil War battlefields.

    A portion of the funds will go to the home county of each participant to support the Tennessee Civil War Trails program, helping communities fund Civil War Trail signs and provide for their ongoing maintenance.    

  • Hit the road for Thunder Road fun in Rockwood

    Classic car shows, entertainment and pageants are among the attractions for the annual Thunder Road Festival in downtown Rockwood.

    The all-day event will start at 10 a.m. April 2 and include exhibits and crafters.

    Amy Duggar of the hit TV show “19 Kids and Counting” will return to Rockwood as the head-
    line musical entertainment.

    Duggar filmed some of her first music video, “Crazy in Love,” in downtown Rockwood. The song has just been released to mainstream country.

  • Relay roadblock Saturday

    Roane Countians can show their support for Relay for Life teams by donating during the Relay roadblock March 19 at Hwys 27 and 29.

    Roane County’s Relay for Life teams will collect donations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    Relay for Life, an overnight event, celebrates cancer survivors, remembers those lost to the disease and provides the community with an opportunity to unite and fight back.

    This year’s event will be April 29-30 at Roane State Community College.

  • Basketry first of Rugby workshops

    Historic Rugby’s spring workshops are sure to chase away the winter blues.

    The Cumberland Plateau museum village, with its unique Victorian architecture, lodging in historic buildings, and wooded, river-gorge setting, is an ideal location for learning experiences.

    The first workshop, Honeysuckle Basketry, is perfect for beginning basket makers.

    The workshop will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 16-17.  

  • Senators greet Harriman couple

    U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, left, and Bob Corker, right, meet with Scott and Carol Wood of Harriman during a recent Tennessee Tuesday in the Hart Senate Office Building.

    Tennessee Tuesday, hosted by Alexander and Corker, is a weekly constituent breakfast at 9 a.m. each Tuesday.

    It is open to all Tennesseans visiting Washington, D.C.

  • Channel 15 now available online

    Viewers can now watch the new Channel 15 television station online at www.roanestate.edu/channel15.
    The government and education channel, created by Roane State Community College and the city of Harriman, has been on the air since December 2010.
    Programming includes local announcements, public service videos, weather and a number of other programs.
    Comcast cable customers in all of Roane County and parts of Morgan County could view Channel 15.
    With the online service, viewers anywhere in the area, and around the world, can tune in.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of March 16

    25 Years Ago
    Crude oil prices were down, but Roane Countians didn’t think gas prices went down quickly enough at area stations. Steve Kirkham, executive vice president of Harriman Oil Co., said contributing factors that affect gas prices are delivery location, overhead, volume and increased insurance premiums.

    10 Years Ago
    Walmart celebrated the grand opening of its Supercenter in Rockwood. The 184,501-square-foot store employed about 400 people.

    Five Years Ago

  • 13-year cicadas tuning up for Tennessee debut

    Sometime this spring, when soil temperatures reach about 67 degrees at a depth of 4 inches, large numbers — millions — of cicadas are expected to emerge from the soils of more than one-third of the state’s 95 counties.

    The greatest population concentrations are expected to be in Middle Tennessee.

    Though Roane County is not one of the high-target areas predicted by University of Tennessee Extension, high populations are anticipated for surrounding counties, including Loudon, Meigs, Monroe and McMinn.