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  • The Garden Gate: Have yourself a blast with celebrations in July

    By the time the United States of America declared its independence from the British Empire, John Adams and some of his contemporaries called for fireworks to celebrate the occasion, and we have been doing likewise ever since.

    No one knows with certainty just when or where fireworks came into being. Most historians believe they were invented in ancient China in about the second century B.C., at the time of discovery of gunpowder.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of July 3

    25 Years Ago

  • Lane closures won’t slow down holiday travelers

    Road construction won’t slow motorists across Tennessee over the Fourth of July holiday.  

    The Tennessee Department of Transportation will suspend all construction-related lane closures on interstates and state routes beginning at 6  a.m. July 3 through 6 a.m. July 8 to provide maximum roadway capacity for holiday travelers.

  • Harriman Happenings: July 1

    There was recently a celebration of life for Helen Louise Treece, who recently passed away  at Fort Sanders hospital in Knoxville.

    She was a faithful member of Mount Olive Baptist Church, where the Rev. Dr. Valentino McNeal is pastor. She served on the kitchen ministry, monthly newsletter team and fellowship exercise class.

    She was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother and friend, but most of all she was a Christian lady.

    The Jones and Lawrence families from Harriman are her relatives.

  • Make nominations to FSA county committee

    The nomination period is open for Farm Service Agency county committees.

    “I encourage all eligible farmers and ranchers to participate in this year's county committee elections by nominating candidates by the Aug. 1 deadline,” said U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

    “County committees are a vital link between the farm community and the U.S. Department of Agriculture and provide an opportunity to farmers and ranchers for their opinions and ideas to be heard,” he added.

  • On vacation ... with the Roane County News — in Paris!

    It’s vacation time — and while the Roane County News staff is hard at work producing the newspaper, a recent issue hit the road to Paris, where it poses at the Eiffel Tower with, from left, Barbara Feezell, Marie and David Swenson and Linda Mitchell.

    The four — and the newspaper —were on a 15-day, seven-country European tour when they paused for a photo opportunity.

  • Harriman police looking for a few good reservists

    For those who have dreamed of becoming a law enforcement officer but never had the opportunity, now is the chance.

    The Harriman Police Department is seeking qualified people for its Reserve Police Program.

    “We are looking for people who have the interest, passion and the desire to keep our citizens and neighbors safe,” said Police Chief Randy Heidle.

    The Reserve Police Program is comprised of community members who volunteer their time to fulfill many of the roles handled by full-time sworn police officers.

  • Second Chance sets rabies clinic

    Second Chance K-9 Rescue will have a rabies clinic from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 29 at Roane County Park, Midtown.

    Vaccines available include first-year rabies for $12, three-year rabies for $20 and distemper/parvo for $10.

    In addition, testing for heart worm and feline leukemia will be available at a cost of $20 per pet beginning at 10:30 a.m.

    Heart worm preventative will be available for purchase after testing.

    Cost of the preventative is dependent on the dog’s weight.

  • The Garden Gate: Yucca, aloe still magical and mysterious wonders

    Have you noticed how many gardens are featuring the tall, heavily blossom-laden stalks of yuccas?

    Perhaps you don’t call them yuccas. You may know them by one of their many aliases: Spanish bayonet, desert candle, moon candle, Adam’s needle, manihot, cassava or manioc.

  • Saturday’s Day in Park with Artists

    Arts Council of Roane County will have A Day in the Park with Artists from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 29 in Roane County Park pavilion 2.

    The event is a celebration of the arts with  area artists, fine crafters and performers.

    Public admission is free; refreshments will be available.

    Email artscouncilofroanecounty@gmail.com for details or booth reservations.