Kingston’s Nanthawan Dye was recently awarded second place in the 2014 Watermelon Carving Contest.
Dye’s entry, which took honors in the “Most Elegant” category, was among the elegantly etched and creatively carved watermelons from across the globe submitted for the contest, sponsored by the National Watermelon Promotion Board.
“We were wowed by the nearly 100 contest submissions this year — the most we’ve ever received,” said Stephanie Barlow, National Watermelon Promotion Board director of PR and social media.
• The second annual Senior Street Fair, a partnership between Rockwood Housing Authority and Mid-East Community Action Agency, will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 24 on West Rockwood Street, Rockwood, in front of Martin Manor Apartments. Music, an Elvis impersonator, a chili and cornbread competition for seniors, vendors, marshmallow roast, cake walks and other activities are planned. A warming center will be inside Martin Manor for those needing to get in from the cold.
Editor’s note: As Ellen Probert Williams continues her respite, we share one of her classic columns, first published on Oct. 3, 2012.
Many of the rollicking medieval names for plants have been lost in favor of more prosaic titles, but think how exuberant a garden would be planted with such things as Bouncing Bet, Sweet Sultan, Bobbing Joan, Lustie Gallant, Gardener’s Garters or Glare of the Garden.
• Rockwood First Presbyterian Church will have its annual Halloween cookout and hayride from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 29. Food, family-oriented fun and games and Christian fellowship are planned. The church is at 429 W. Rockwood St.
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.
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.