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  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Sept. 11

    25 Years Ago

  • Give blood at Harriman drive for annual Florida competition

    The week of Sept. 16 marks a busy week for fans of both the Tennessee Volunteers and the Florida Gators.

    That’s the week of the eighth annual Tennessee vs. Florida blood drive competition in which fans of the University of Tennessee take on fans of the University of Flor-ida.

    “This friendly competition helps us increase our inventory and have fun with the football rivalry at the same time,” said Christi Fightmaster of Medic public relations.

  • The Garden Gate: Pears, apples give us a taste of fall

    Pears have a venerable history that goes back for 35-40 centuries.

    Originating in western Asia and in the area around the Caspian Sea, pears have been known in Europe as far back as the Stone Age.

    Homer, writing in Greece about 580 B.C., calls this fruit “the gift of the gods.” He lists pears among the fruits in his own garden.

    Some centuries later, Theophrastus, Plato and Pliny recorded many varieties of pears. They gave lengthy descriptions of methods of grafting and pruning as early as 200 B.C.

  • Free RAM clinic planned in Clinton Sept. 21-22

    Roane County residents in need of free medical, dental and vision services are encouraged to attend a Remote Area Medical clinic Sept. 21-22 in Clinton First Baptist Church at 225 N. Main St.

    The clinic is supported by volunteers and donations. No identification required, and translation services will be available on site to help with patient registration.

    Free services include:

    • Medical — General medical support and diabetes testing.

  • TN.gov named Best of the Web by digital gov’t entity

    Tennessee’s official website, TN.gov, has been named the best state website in the country in the annual “Best of the Web” competition sponsored by the Center for Digital Government.

  • AARP driver safety classes set in Roane

    An upcoming eight-hour AARP driver safety class in Roane County offers area senior citizens a refresher course on driving and an update on rules of the road.

    The two-day course will be from noon to 4 p.m. Sept. 17-18 in Roane County United Way at 2735 Roane State Hwy., Midtown.

    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.

  • Online resource for burial in state veterans cemeteries aims to streamline process

    The state of Tennessee has implemented an innovative new online pre-registration form to allow veterans and their families to be preapproved for burial in the state veterans cemeteries.

    Traditionally, funeral directors contact the nearest state veterans cemetery when they receive a request to bury the remains of a veteran or dependent who previously expressed interest in burial at one of the four locations.

    In many cases, family members are unable to locate the veteran’s discharge papers which must be used to determine eligibility.

  • Legal Aid attorney to speak at luncheon

    Mary Lyn Goodman, an attorney with Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands, will be the guest speaker for the next Lunch with the League.

    The meeting will begin at noon Sept. 17 in the social hall of Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church at 1500 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

    Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Oak Ridge, Lunch with the League is open to the public.

  • New hours at Harriman library

    Harriman Public Library is implementing a temporary change of business hours.

    The library is now open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday; and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

    The change is in effect until Jan. 1, 2014.

    Harriman Public Library is at 601 Walden Ave.

    Call 882-3195 for details.
     

  • DAR presentation to focus on ‘Virginian Giant of Revolution’

    Travis Bowman, a seventh-generation descendant of “Virginian Giant of the Revolution” Peter Francisco, will give a presentation on his ancestor at 11 a.m. Sept. 21 at Lawnville Church of Christ, Kingston.

    The event is a presentation of Southwest Point Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, Kingston.

    Bowman, who stands 6 feet, 6 inches tall like his ancestor, has spoken at historical societies across the country.