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  • The Garden Gate: Could what cures death be in your spaghetti?

    Almost any spice or herb used today has an ancient history that is as romantic as poetry or music.

    In ancient times, spices, herbs and perfumes were interchangeable. Herbs were used for everything from cooking and decorating to medicine.

    Rosewater and musk were used to flavor food. Vanilla and cinnamon were used as perfumes.

    Frankincense and myrrh, used both in the kitchen and perfumes, were the gifts chosen for the Christ Child because they were the most valuable and expensive commodities in the ancient world.

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  • Obed rangers ready for coffee, climbing Dec. 7

    Obed Wild and Scenic River will have two programs on Dec. 7.

    Join National Park Service rangers for a free cup of coffee and informational session at Lilly Bridge from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

    The Climb With a Ranger program will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., beginning at Lilly Bridge.

    The park will provide all gear for rock climbing. Those participating should bring drinking water and sturdy footwear.

  • Commodity foods to be distributed

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

    The distribution for all areas will be at Harriman Church of God at 3106 Roane State Hwy., Midtown.

    The church is in the former Dagger Canoe building.

    Residents of Kingston and Harriman will pick up their commodity foods from 9 to 1 p.m. Dec. 12.

    Oliver Springs and Rockwood residents will pick up commodity foods from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 13.

  • Harriman Home Tour Dec. 14-15

    Historic Harriman’s 23rd annual Christmas Tour will be from noon to 6 p.m. Dec. 14 and from 1 to 6 p.m. Dec. 15.

    Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for ages 6-12, with ages 5 and younger touring free.

    Tickets are available at Red Door Antiquities and Rocky Top General Store, or may be purchased the day of the tour at Harriman Public Library.

  • tnAchieves in need of mentors

    Individuals with a passion for education who can spend 10-15 hours annually to help area high school students achieve their college dreams are sought to become a tnAchieves/RoaneAchieves mentor.

    “As a mentor, you will make a difference and help students receive a tnAchieves scholarship and make it to college,” said Allen Lutz, education and workforce development specialist for The Roane Alliance.

  • Arts Council making plans for open show

    The Arts Council of Roane County will have its second annual Roane Open Art Show on Dec. 13-15 in the building formerly known as Roane Medical Center Annex at 431 N. Roane St., Harriman.

    The council has issued a call for artists to participate in the show, which is open to all area visual artists and fine crafters and will be free to the public.

    The show will be judged by Kingston artist Jan Hill.

    Awards will be given in several student and adult categories, along with a Best in Show grand prize.

  • Kick butts on Nov. 21

    Nov. 21 marks the 2013 Great American Smokeout — and the Roane County Health Department encourages smokers to use the occasion to either make a plan to quit, or plan in advance and quit smoking that day.

    “By quitting – even for one day – smokers will be taking an important step toward a healthier life – one that can lead to reducing the risk of cancer and diseases related to smoking such as emphysema and COPD,” said Donna Raines, public health educator at Roane County Health Department.

  • Kingston fall ’13 decoration winners

    Kingston Parks and Recreation Department recently announced winners of its 2013 fall/Halloween decorating contest.

  • Take time Saturday to look at the stars

    The public is welcome to attend an evening of astronomy lectures and lunar viewing at Roane State Community College’s Tamke-Allan Observatory on Nov. 16.

    The gate will open at 7:30 p.m.

    Highlights will include a general astronomy presentation at 8 p.m., followed by lectures on what can be seen on the moon.

    “We’ll also hear about solar ‘killer’ events, getting ready for a full discussion on Jan. 18,” said David Fields, Tamke-Allan director.