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  • The Garden Gate: Don’t take the common grapefruit for granted

    Crusaders arriving in the Holy Land during the 12th century were amazed and excited to learn that apples, supposedly the forbidden fruit of the Garden of Eden, were not native to this land.

    Many researchers today believe the forbidden fruit was the apricot. But the Crusaders of the 12th century thought it was the big, yellow citrus fruit they called the pomolo.

    This tropical fruit would grow in England, but it flourished in the islands of the Caribbean.

  • State’s DAs honor Yager’s Senate work

    The Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference recently honored state Sen. Ken Yager for his work in the Senate.

    Yager received the award at a meeting of the group attended by district attorneys statewide.

    “We greatly appreciate the tireless work and steadfast commitment of Sen. Yager to first understand, and then develop workable solutions, to some very difficult crime problems,” said James W. Kirby, executive director of the Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference.

  • Tuba solo part of program

    A tuba solo by Joe Williams with accompaniment by Barbara Miles is among the program features of the Harriman Music Club meeting on Dec. 12.

    The meeting starts at 3:30 p.m. in the home of Nancy Newcomb; co-hostesses are Linda Raby and Wilda Taylor.

    The program theme, “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” will be presented by Newcomb. Also on tap are a vocal solo by Terry Utsey and a sing-a-long led by Mary Hickey and friends.

    The Hymn of the Month will be presented by Peggy Sheppard.

  • Alzheimer’s group applauds The Bridge

    The Bridge at Rockwood was recognized recently at an awards ceremony for the center’s efforts for the Alzheimer Tennessee Five-County Walk earlier this fall.

    The Bridge of Rockwood team was honored as one of the top fundraising teams for this year’s event.

    On hand for the ceremony are, from left, state Rep. Kent Calfee, Sandy Langley

    and Kathy Parks of The Bridge at Rockwood, Walk Chairmen David Erb and Terry Payne. Thirty-nine teams participating in this year’s walk raised $68,431.

  • Free legal assistance helped 1,800 in state

    Tennessee lawyers helped 1,800 state residents by providing free legal information and advice throughout October as part of the Tennessee Bar Association’s Celebrate Pro Bono initiative.

    “During these economically challenging times, so many of our fellow Tennesseans have unmet legal needs,” said Tennessee Bar Association President Cindy Wyrick.

  • Be wary of some soliciting for typhoon relief

    The Internal Revenue Service is warning consumers about possible scams soliciting donations for victims of last month’s Typhoon Haiyan.

    The typhoon, known as Yolanda in the Philippines, made landfall in the central Philippines, bringing strong winds and heavy rains that have resulted in flooding, landslides and widespread damage.

  • On vacation with the Roane County News ... on a European adventure!

    The Roane County News became quite the globetrotter in November, when it accompanied Jim and Mary Anne Smith on a grand European tour aboard the Viking Skadi.

    The tour started with three extra days in Budapest, Hungary, where the couple and the News pose in front of Matthias Church, dating back to the 1100s.

  • Oak Ridge preservation group’s annual meet set

    Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association will elect board members during its annual membership meeting on Dec. 12.

    The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in Midtown Community Center at 102 Robertsville Road. (Correction on meeting time from information previously provided.)

    The association’s nominating committee is recommending candidates for election to the board.

    The candidates will be elected by the group’s voting membership. Other board members will continue to serve out their elected terms.

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

    25 Years Ago
    Tracey Oliver of Harriman was crowned Miss Roane State during a weekend pageant at the college. Ten students vied for the title in the pageant, a preliminary for the Miss Tennessee pageant in Jackson. Among them were third runner-up Valonda Thomas of Rockwood, Angela Kerley of Harriman and Melanie L. Shirling of Kingston.

  • United Way hopes more give to meet higher agency fund requests

    Roane County United Way is extremely grateful to all the individuals and businesses that have so generously contributed and continue to contribute to Roane County United Way.

    During 2013, those contributions supported 37 agencies providing a wide variety of services to residents of Roane County from crisis services to families and individuals, to education and youth services in our communities.

    “For 2014 Roane County United Way has received requests from 34 organizations for support of 42 programs to meet the needs of Roane County residents.