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  • Harriman’s Henderson a lieutenant colonel

    The U.S. Army promoted Lt. Col. Courtney L. Henderson to his present rank during a spring ceremony in Colorado Springs, Colo.

    A Harriman native, he is the son of Marcella Willis of Kingston and Sammy L. Henderson of Harriman.

    The lieutenant colonel was commissioned into the Army as a signal officer in August 1998, only months after he graduated from Roane County High School, Kingston.

    Henderson served as a gold bar recruiter for his first three months of active duty before attending the signal officer basic course in Fort Gordon, Ga.

  • Help available for open enrollment in health-care plans

    The window for open enrollment in the Affordable Care Act health-care plans is Nov. 15 to Feb. 15, and Oak Ridge Public Library is planning two opportunities for the public to enroll.

    Due to library renovations, these programs will be in the AB Room of the Oak Ridge Recreation Center at 1403 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

    The programs will be from 1 to 6 p.m. Nov. 22 and Dec. 6.

  • Harriman Happenings November 3

    I wish Mark Hightower a speedy recovery.

    He recently had surgery at a hospital in Knoxville. He is feeling some better and is at home recuperating.

    Kenneth Edward Gillespie from Atlanta recently spent a weekend visiting with his sister, Margaret Ruth Collier and her family, and his brother, LC Gillespie, and his wife Mary Alice.

    He always comes to see me before returning home. He is a former resident of Harriman.

  • Still openings in AARP Smart Driver class

    There are still some openings available in the AARP driver safety course to be taught in Roane County next month.

    The eight-hour class, from noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 4-5, offers area senior citizens a refresher course on driving and an update on rules of the road.

    The class will be in Rockwood Community Center at 710 N. Chamberlain Ave.

    Course participants will be taught to adjust to age-related physical changes; reduce incidents of violations and accidents; and update driving skills and rules of the road in a stress-free environment.

  • Gala set in Oak Ridge

    Knox Heritage and the East Tennessee Preservation Alliance will have the Alexander Inn Gala Preservation Celebration in Oak Ridge on Nov. 7.

    Those attending will be among the first to experience the newly restored and renovated historic Guest House/Alexander Inn and celebrate this significant preservation achievement for East Tennessee and the nation.

    A 1950s-era cocktail party will take place while those attending revisit the onn’s storied past and discover its new place as part of the future of Oak Ridge.

  • Youngsters in the pink for breast cancer awareness

    The Henry Center, a program of the Michael Dunn Center, chose Oct. 29 as a day of recognition for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

    Youngsters donning their pink in observance of the month are Lukas Hanousek, Cadyn Newman, Walter Poland, Anaya Patel, Ally Freels, Bryson Brackins, Abbigail Welch, Mylaah Chatman, Isabella Whittenbarger, Zayden Vanover, Karissa Vanover, Opal Morris, Bella Williams, Zailyn Dyer, James Reid, Sam Segatto, Ta’Naya Scandlyn, Jaxon Armes, Preston Pugh, Kelley Cleveland and Tom Evans.

  • Fall Happenings 2014

    Pumpkin Patches
    • Rockwood First Christian Church will have its annual pumpkin patch through Oct. 31. Hours are from noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, with pumpkins and gourds of all sizes and varieties available. Groups are welcome, and plenty of photo opportunities are available. The church is at 328 W. Rockwood St.; visit www.rockwoodfcc.org or call 354-1753 for details.

  • The Garden Gate: This berry can weigh hundreds of pounds

    Editor’s note: As Ellen Probert Williams continues her respite, we share one of her classic columns, first published on Oct. 24, 2012.

    Using pumpkins as jack-o’-lanterns for Halloween is an American idea — an adaption of the medieval custom of making lanterns out of hollowed-out turnips.

    Those in medieval England, Scotland and Ireland believed elves, ghosts and fairies haunted the Earth. It was customary to build huge bonfires to ward them off.

  • Newspaper digitization to be lecture focus

    Historical newspaper records once available only through long hours of research can now

    be accessed within seconds.

    In a lecture on Oct. 29, project coordinator Louisa Trott will talk about the scope of The Tennessee Digitization Project, its value to researchers and how it can be accessed.

    Trott will also give examples of the many types of information to be found in newspapers from the period.

    The lecture, free and open to the public, will begin at noon in the East Tennessee History Center at 601 S. Gay St., Knoxville.

  • Heritage tourism expert to speak at session to study future of OR museum

    Lee Curtis, a recognized expert on heritage tourism, will be the guest speaker during a community meeting to gather input on the future of American Museum of Science and Energy operations.

    The city of Oak Ridge and the museum Foundation invited Curtis, director of program development and legislative liaison for the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, to be the featured speaker in the fourth community public meeting.

    The meeting will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 23 in the museum at 300 S. Tulane Ave., Oak Ridge.