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  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Dec. 1

    25 Years Ago
    Harrell’s IGA in Kingston and Harriman advertised T-bone steaks for $2.59 per pound; red grapes for 59 cents per pound; ground beef for 99 cents per pound; large eggs for 59 cents per dozen; 42-ounce Tide detergent for $1.69; a 10-pound bag of Idaho potatoes for $1.49; and 2-percent milk for $1.69 per gallon.

    10 Years Ago

  • Prices dropped on Rockwood paver bricks to honor area vets

    Rockwood 2000 is offering area veterans a discount on engraved paver bricks for Memory Lane, an ongoing project  in the city’s Homecoming Park at West Rockwood Street and Front Avenue.

    The paver bricks are an excellent way to honor those who have fought for the peace and safety of this country, said project Chairman Maurice Greif.

    “All will be placed in a group in the Memory Lane,” he added.

  • Ride in antique auto a wish come true for Kingston’s Whittenbarger

    Inspired by the movie, “The Bucket List,” a Kingston woman has made a similar list of interesting things she hopes to see or do during her lifetime.

    With the help of Rex Walls of Harriman, Wendy Whittenbarger recently marked off one of the items: a ride in an antique car.

    At 40, Whittenbarger has many years ahead to realize her list, but she was eager to get started. While cerebral palsy has limited her from some things, she has an adventurous spirit and is always eager to learn and experience something new.

  • Harriman makes plans for 22nd TubaChristmas

    The Babahatchie Community Band will present Harriman’s 21st annual Merry TubaChristmas concert at 11:45 a.m. Dec. 4 in Harriman High School’s James M. Williamson Auditorium.

    Registration begins at 9:30 a.m., with rehearsal at 10.

    The tuba/euphonium choir under the direction of Sande MacMorran will perform carols and songs of Christmas.

    Tuba/sousaphone and euphonium/baritone players of all degrees of ability are welcome to participate in this event.  

  • DOE to test sirens on Wednesday

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s public warning siren system will be tested Dec. 1 in areas surrounding the department’s Oak Ridge Reservation.

    The sirens will be tested between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. People in these areas during the test will hear a siren for 3-5 minutes.

    The sirens are near East Tennessee Technology Park, Y-12 National Security Complex and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

  • League of Women Voters session set

    David Gregory, vice chancellor for the Office of Administration and Facilities Development, Tennessee Board of Regents, will be the guest speaker for Oak Ridge League of Women Voters’ Lunch With the League on Dec. 7 in Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church at 1500 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

    Lunch begins at 11:45 a.m. and is available on a first-come, first-served basis for $6. The program starts at noon.

    Gregory will discuss ways to improve the completion rate of students at Tennessee institutions of higher learning.

  • Blood drives planned at high schools

    Volunteer fans fell short in this year’s Battle of the Orange and Blue, a friendly competitive blood drive that helps stock supplies in Tennessee and Kentucky.

    This year’s loss to the Kentucky Wildcats ends a seven-year winning streak for Tennessee fans in the Medic Regional Blood Center competition, said Christi Fightmaster, Medic spokeswoman.

    “The real winners in this friendly competition are the area hospitals that can rest assure they will have adequate inventory heading into the holiday season,” she added.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Nov. 24

    25 Years Ago
    Ted Wagner Jr., a former Kingston resident, was featured with his Nashville-based band, Moment’s Notice, on the nationally syndicated “Star Search” television show. Wagner played bass guitar for the group, which had won on more of the talent-show-format series than any other group except Sawyer Brown. Wagner once played with Cheyenne, a Roane County-based band.

    10 Years Ago

  • Mystery play, homes part of Rockwood Christmas tour

    The 20th annual Rockwood Christmas Home Tour on Dec. 4-5 promises to be a magical experience.

    The Rockwood 2000 event, planned from 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday and from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday, will showcase seven historic homes and an historic church while holiday music plays throughout the day.  

    The homes will be decorated in their Christmas finery, and holiday food will be part of the tour.

    The historic Rockwood First Presbyterian Church will have music programs throughout the day.

  • Rockwood footage to be part of workshop

    Footage of Rockwood in 1951 will be shown during a Dec. 2 workshop about preserving film and audio recordings.

    Preservation Toolbox No. 7: Preserving the Past with Moving Pictures will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the East Tennessee History Center at 601 S. Gay St., Knoxville.

    It will be presented by East Tennessee Preservation Alliance and Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound.

    The Rockwood footage will be among the materials that will provide an unmatched glimpse of life and the environment in East Tennessee.