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  • The Garden Gate: Romance of roses enjoyed from beginning of time

    Probably the most popular flower in the world is the rose.

    The most beautiful member of the Rosaceae family, the rose originated in Asia Minor.

    This marvelous flower is one of the oldest in cultivation. It was considered a very old bloom 5,000 years ago, when it was featured in the royal gardens of ancient Asia and Africa.

    Roses have been symbols of poetic fantasy since the dawn of civilization, perhaps even before written history.

    From the biblical Rose of Sharon in Song of Solomon to this day, they have been symbols of love.

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  • Harriman Happenings June 9

    Our deepest sympathy is extended to the families of Jadah Gallaher and Roderick Drummond, who lost their lives due to an accident.

    There are a lot of prayers from concerned people.

    Jadah is the daughter of the Rev. Willie and Sister Missy Gallaher.

    Rod, as we call him, was a wonderful young man. He came from a Christian home.

    They will be missed. Let’s continue to lift both families in prayer.

    Get-well wishes to Darius Gallaher and Hunter Crass, who were hurt in the train and car accident.

  • Register today for Canning College

    Roane County University of Tennessee Extension will conduct a three-session Canning College this month.

    Classes will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Thursday from June 12-26 in Roane County United Way, Midtown.

    Those wishing to participate are asked to register by June 10 by calling 376-5558.

    The $50 fee covers cost of ingredients, supplies, a food preservation book and at least one take-home item prepared in each class session.

    Justin Thomas, UT Extension agent, will conduct the class.

  • Commodity foods to be distributed

    Mid-East Community Action Agency will have its quarterly distribution of USDA commodity foods this month.

    The distribution for Roane County recipients will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 19 in Harriman Church of God at 3106 Roane State Hwy., Midtown.

    All commodity food recipients should be certified before the deadline date.

    Those receiving the foods are advised to bring a bag to in which to carry the food.

    All recipients must pick up their commodities or arrange to have them picked up.

  • Roane Writers Group to have fundraising gala

    Roane Writers Group will have its fundraising gala from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Sept. 20 in Rockwood Events Center in downtown Rockwood.

    The venue offers a raised stage with theater lighting, dining and dancing areas for up to 300.

    A silent auction, food, a variety of beverages and music will be featured during the gala.

    All proceeds from the event will benefit the group’s annual Roane County Student Writing Contest awards and scholarships.

    Contact B.J. Gillum at bjgillum@comcast.net or 354-8658 for more information.

  • Legislators applaud Janelle Arthur

    State Rep. Kent Calfee sponsored a resolution in the last Tennessee General Assembly session to honor Oliver Springs’ Janelle Arthur for her success in the music industry.

    Arthur finished in the top 5 of the 12th season of “American Idol,” a FOX-TV talent-show-style program, in 2013.

  • The Garden Gate: Gardeners try to fool Mother Nature

    Mankind has sought to outwit nature since the beginning of gardening.

    There is something fascinating about having summer flowers in winter and enjoying fruits and vegetables out of their seasons.

    Forcing plants and building greenhouses have become sophisticated arts, despite the advent of modern transportation capable of bringing us fruits, flowers and vegetables from other climes so that the seasons no longer really matter.

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  • Rockwood library plans science fun for summer reading program

    It's summertime, and time for the Rockwood Public Library’s 2014 summer reading program.

    This is the 26th annual statewide summer reading program in Tennessee. The theme is “Fizz, Boom, Read!”

    “We will be exploring all things science this summer,” said Rockwood Library Director Margaret Marrs. “These programs are designed not only to encourage the individual reading habits of older kids, but also to inspire and delight preschoolers.”