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  • Beets elected vice chair of ETHRA, ETDD

    Kingston Mayor Troy Beets was elected vice chairman of East Tennessee Human Resource Agency and East Tennessee Development District during the agencies’ annual meetings in Knoxville.

    Beets, elected by unanimous consent of the board, will take office on July 1.

    Other officers elected by unanimous consent during the meeting in Rothchild’s Conference Center were Chairwoman Estelle Herron, Loudon County Mayor; Secretary Bill Brittain, Hamblen County Mayor; and Treasurer Jeff Tibbals, Scott County Mayor.

  • Going green in the literal sense

    Dakota Thompson of the Rockwood High School softball team boasts green hands, and streaks of green on her arms and face, for a worthy cause at Mike “Brillo” Miller Sportspark.

    She and her teammates — along with members of the school’s baseball team — spent a recent Saturday sprucing up the park for its busy spring and summer seasons.

    Others participating in the workday include softball and baseball parents, volunteers, city of Rockwood and its public works department and Rockwood Electric Utility.

  • Rabies clinics slated

    Roane County Health Department is sponsoring a series of rabies vaccination clinics later this month throughout the county.

    “You are urged to have your dogs and cats vaccinated each year to comply with the Tennessee Rabies Law,” said Preston Woody, environmental health specialist at the Roane County Health Department.

    Vaccinations are $12 each. All dogs and cats 3 months and older are required by law to be vaccinated.

  • Look Back: A Litte Something From Our Files From the Week of April 8

    25 Years Ago

  • The Garden Gate: Hard to believe what it takes for a good cup of joe

    There are so many different kinds of gardening.

    There’s something for everyone — take your choice among them all.

    We have barrier-free gardening and defensive gardening. Therapeutic gardening and hydroponic gardening. Organic gardening, and probably a lot more.

    Genetic gardening is one of the newest and most rapidly expanding ones.

  • Vocalists Staton, Van Horn to be featured at RSCC recital

    Roane State Community College students Rebecca Staton and Mason Van Horn will be featured during the college’s sophomore recital at 6:30 p.m. April 12 in downtown Harriman’s Princess Theatre.

    Staton, a mezzo-soprano, and tenor Van Horn will perform classical and musical theater selections, including duets, with faculty pianists Geol Greenlee and Slade Trammell.

    Admission is free.

  • Panelists to discuss restoration success of Princess Theatre

    In September 1926, the Princess Theatre opened its doors in downtown Harriman.

    Eighty-seven years later, the former movie house has been fully restored and is the centerpiece of the Princess Performing Arts, Education and Conference Center.

    The East Tennessee Preservation Alliance and Roane State Community College will host an open house, recital and panel discussion about the restoration project from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 12.

    The free event will take place in the Princess Theatre Complex at 421 Roane St.

  • Harriman Happenings: April 8

    Last Sunday, Carolyn Griffin, Jill Johnson, Julia Harris, Alicia Harris and I joined the Rev. Tony Cannon and his church family at River View Baptist Church in Lenoir City to see an Easter play.

    This play was based on the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Children, adults and three men from New Covenant Baptist Church in Knoxville took part in this play. Music was provided by the choir. This was a great play, and all enjoyed it.

    The FCE Club met Wednesday in the Community Center in Kingston with 14 members present.

  • Tunes, ads from the old days on tap for Roane Choral concert

    Roane Choral Society invites the public to its studio audience at the “WRCS radio station” for favorite music and commercials of the good old days.

    Venue choices in Spring City and Kingston are offered for performances of “Turn Your Radio On.”

    Spring City activities will be in Tennessee Valley Theatre at 184 W. Jackson Ave. on April 20.

    A barbecue dinner will be available for $7 beginning at 5 p.m. The after-dinner concert starts at 7; admission is $10 per person.

  • The Garden Gate: Looking for a sweet hobby? Sugaring may be for you

    Particular things come to mind as we look forward to spring and warmer days to come. One early spring idea for those of us with sugar maples in our gardens is tree tapping.

    “Sugaring” is truly an American enterprise.

    Most of us are familiar with the 19th century Currier and Ives lithographs, with their sentimental depictions of rural New England life.