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  • Harriman Happenings-Oct. 13

    Sincere sympathy to the family of Mary Ann Jackson, who recently passed away at Harriman Care and Rehabilitation Center at the age of 105.

    She lived a very long life and was a Christian lady.

    Her parents preceded her in death and a brother.

    Norma DeArmond (Carl) was her caregiver, and she really helped care of her.

    Mary left other cousins and family members behind.

    Service was held for her Thursday with Dr. Joseph Weaver officiating.

  • Key new programs to help farmers manage risk

    U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently unveiled highly anticipated new programs to help farmers better manage risk, ushering in one of the most significant reforms to U.S. farm programs in decades.

    Vilsack said new tools are now available to help provide farmers the information they need to choose the new safety net program that is right for their business.

  • Enroll now for dairy farm risk management

    Tennessee farmers can enroll in the new dairy Margin Protection Program.

    The voluntary program, established by the 2014 Farm Bill, provides financial assistance to participating farmers when the margin — the difference between the price of milk and feed costs — falls below the coverage level selected by the farmer.

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture also launched a new Web tool to help producers determine the level of coverage under the Margin Protection Program that will provide them with the strongest safety net under a variety of conditions.

  • The Garden Gate: Gardens tell the story of our great history

    Editor’s note: As Ellen Probert Williams continues her respite, we share one of her classic columns, first published on Oct. 5, 2011.

    There is little, when one thinks about it, that is

    new in gardening. Much of it is actually very old indeed.

    The terraced gardens of skyscraper city apartments hark back to the hanging gardens of Babylon.

    The stepped-back-style of city architecture traces its roots to the Aztecs, Incas and Biblical times.

    In addition to providing sunlight and air, it creates terraces for gardens.

  • Historic figures passed through the Obed region

    Obed Wild and Scenic River will present an Oct. 11 ranger program about three famous people who once visited the Obed area.

    Both legend and evidence combine to show that Andrew Jackson, John Muir and Daniel Boone each trekked across the environs of Morgan County and what is now the Obed Wild and Scenic River.

    A park ranger will present information on each of their visits and will focus on primary source writings and journal entries from centuries past.

  • Two meetings set for Kingston homeowners

    Aid to Distressed Families of Appalachian Counties and the city of Kingston will have two public meetings on Oct. 9 with Kingston homeowners whose homes sustained damage during the June 10 tornado/straight-line winds.

    Ralph M. Perrey, Tennessee Housing Development Agency executive director, will be at the first meeting, from 10 a.m. to noon in Kingston City Hall at 900 Waterford Place.

    Another meeting, from 4 to 6 p.m., will be in Kingston Community Center at 201 Patton Ferry Road.

  • Orange you glad you’re a Vol? These kids are

    Students at The Henry Center show their orange pride prior to the Tennessee/Arkansas game earlier in the season.

  • Military Matters: Ryan M. Gross

    U.S. Army Pvt. Ryan M. Gross recently graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

    Son of April Curtis of Clinton and Ian Gross of Rockwood, he is a 2014 graduate of Rockwood High School.

    His grandmother is Linda Toman of Clinton.

    During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values and physical fitness.

  • Suicides on rise among Tennessee veterans

    Statistics released recently by the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services indicate the number of suicides by veterans increased from 197 in 2012 to 214 in 2013.

    “Sadly, our brave men and women who once served in uniform may struggle with thoughts of suicide and thoughts of giving up,” said Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Commissioner Douglas Varney.

    “They must always know they are never alone.”

  • Lawyer to talk on aging matters

    Attorney, Amelia Crotwell of Elder Law of East Tennessee will present a program on advanced directives, living wills and other estate-planning documents during the Oct. 16 Thursday Night at the Library program.

    The program will start at 6 p.m. in Kingston Public Library at 1004 Bradford Way.

    Those planning to attend are asked to preregister by calling Mid-East Community Action Agency Senior Services at 354-0450, Ext. 228

    Crotwell will also discuss qualifying for public benefits and preserving assets.