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Community News

  • Electric bill too high? Here's why

    Customer service representatives at area utility companies are frequently hearing an all-too-common question these days:

    Why is my electric bill so high?

    While no two electricity consumers are exactly the same, Volunteer Energy Cooperative offers some common factors that are driving electric bills up this winter.

    Record cold temperatures

    According to the National Weather Service, Chattanooga experienced the sixth coldest December on record with a monthly average temperature of 35.9 degrees.

  • Free tax help offered in Kingston starting Feb. 1

    AARP Tax-Aide is offering free income-tax assistance and preparation from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Tuesday from Feb. 1-April 12 in Kingston Community Center at 201 Patton Ferry Road.

    AARP Tax-Aide is one of the nation’s largest free  volunteer-run tax assistance and preparation service available to taxpayers with low- and middle-income.

    Special attention is given to those age 60 and older.

  • Take your sweetheart for a ride on the rails this Valentine’s Day

    The Secret City Scenic Excursion Train’s traditional Valentine's dinner train ride offers a romantic setting for couples.

    Sweethearts are welcome to take in the beauty of East Tennessee with fine dining in the style established by the great passenger railroads of the 1930s-40s.

    The annual Valentine trips have become so popular that Southern Appalachia Railway Museum, which operates the Secret City Scenic Excursion Train, has scheduled four Valentine dinner trains on the weekend leading into Valentine's Day.

  • Hurley appointed to Transportation, Government Operations committees

    State Rep. Julia Hurley, R-Lenoir City, has been named to the powerful House Transportation and the Government Operations Committee for the 107th General Assembly.

    Both committees will play a key role in the upcoming session.

    “Ensuring Tennessee’s infrastructure is safe and state of the art will assist our state in drawing new business here and creating jobs,” Hurley said.

    “I am honored to have been named to this committee and I look forward to our work.”

  • Yager chairing Senate’s State, Local Government Committee

    State Sen. Ken Yager, R-Harriman, has been appointed chairman of the Senate State and Local Government Committee, a key legislative appointment.

    Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey made the appointment late last week as the State Senate wound up a week of organizational tasks.

    “Sen. Yager has vast experience in state and local government matters,” said Ramsey of the senator, who served for 24 years as Roane County executive and mayor from 1982-2006.

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

    25 Years Ago
    “Sins,” a seven-hour miniseries based on a novel co-written by a Harriman High School alumnus aired on CBS. Rhea Gallaher Jr. and Nick Bienes of Austria penned the book under the pseudonym of Judith Gould. Gallaher, a 1964 graduate of Harriman High School, played clarinet player in the school band. “Sins” was on the New York Times bestseller book list for two months. The movie starred Joan Collins and Timothy Dalton.

    10 Years Ago

  • The Garden Gate: As in the past, spice traders are still carving out history

    By Ellen Probert Williamson
    In every country and all the religions of the world, scent has played a large part for many centuries.

    People everywhere respond to scent, and more of history than we may realize has been dependent upon spices, herbs and plants.

    From the days of the earliest civilizations, mankind has known and prized the benefits of those seeds, barks, buds, roots and berries we call spices.

    But until more recent times, there was great difficulty to obtain them because of their exotic sources.

  • Cornstalk Heights supports Temperance Building

    Cornstalk Heights Historical Community Organization recently made a $1,000 contribution toward the restoration of the Harriman Temperance Building.

    Taking part in the presentation are, from left, Tony LaMance, Becky McClurkan, Nancy Jacoby, Mary Holley, Donna Demyanovich, Mike Demyanovich, Ed D'Alessandro and Pat LaDue.

  • Hendrix exhibit closes Jan. 30

    There’s still a little bit of time to see The Story of John Hendrix: Prophet of Oak Ridge exhibit at the American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge.

    The exhibit, which chronicles the life of Hendrix and his prediction for Oak Ridge, is on view through Jan. 30 in the museum lobby.

    Utilizing family records, oral stories passed down through generations and artifacts, Hendrix’s story is related from his birth on Nov. 9, 1865, to his death in 1915.  

  • Archivist to discuss Manhattan Project papers

    Anyone who has ever wondered what secrets are hidden in the massive Manhattan Project historical holdings of the National Archives has a chance to find out next week.

    Joel Walker, an education specialist with the National Archives at Atlanta, will discuss selected documents of the Manhattan Project during the next Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association meeting.

    The meeting begins at 7 p.m. Jan. 13.

    It will be in Midtown Community Center, also known as Wildcat Den, at 102 Robertsville Road, Oak Ridge.