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Community News

  • New homes in time for the holidays

    Jessie Whittington and Shelia Carpenter recently celebrated the completion of their new Roane County Habitat for Humanity homes.

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    25 Years Ago

  • Fewer predicted to travel during Thanksgiving holiday

    AAA projects 43.4 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

    That’s a decrease of 1.5 percent from the 44 million people who traveled last year. This decrease falls just shy of last Thanksgiving’s four-year peak since the recession-driven declines in 2008-09, when Thanksgiving travel fell by 25 percent.

    The Thanksgiving holiday travel period is defined as Wednesday, Nov. 27, to Monday, Dec. 2.

  • Get a glimpse of the past at Harriman Christmas Tour

    The spirit of Christmas is upon us — and what better way to feel the love of the season than to share with others.

    On Dec. 14-15, Harriman residents will open their homes to guests for the 23rd annual Christmas Home Tour and Tea.

    Guests will be able to get a glimpse into the past as they tour seven Victorian-era homes with the glorious architecture of days gone by.

    The style and craftsmanship of the homes represented are from 1890s-1920s time period.

  • Daycare pumpkin patch fun

    Rockwood's Kids Corner Daycare toddler and preschool classes took a recent walking field trip to the pumpkin patch at Rockwood First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

  • Museum getting ready for birthday gala

    The Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge will celebrate its origins in the 1970s when guests gather for the 40th birthday gala at the museum on Dec. 6.

    The theme will be “Rocketing through the ’70s!” in honor of the March 11, 1973, opening of the museum and the Rocket Room play area that delights children of all ages.

    Saxophone Jack and Friends will entertain guests with the music from the 1970s, and guests are invited to dress as their favorite characters of that era.

  • 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.