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  • Half Moon Music Festival keying up Sept. 14

    The Half-Moon Music Festival offers an afternoon of family-friendly entertainment on the shores of Watts Bar Lake in Ten Mile.

    This year’s festival will be on Sept. 14. Access is available via land or water.

    “It’s great seeing the boats line up every year,” said Wayne Tipps, festival organizer. “I also enjoy seeing all of our visitors on shore. We love hosting this event.”

  • Military Matters: Michael W. Aliff

    Michael W. Aliff, an Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps cadet at Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, has graduated from the U.S. Army Air Assault School and earned the honor of wearing the Air Assault Badge.

    The 2012 graduate of Oliver Springs High School is the son of Mike Aliff of Oak Ridge and Devonah Erwin of Maryville.

    The 10-day course of instruction focuses on combat assault operations involving hands-on, performance-oriented Army warfare operations associated with helicopters.

  • Military Matters: Travis A. Best

    U.S. Air Force Airman Travis A. Best recently graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio.

    He is the grandson of Lee Patterson and Dianne McKeethan of Kingston.

    A 2008 graduate of Oakdale School, the airman is the son of James and Elaine Best of Oakdale.

    Best completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

  • Military Matters: Cody B. Jewett

    U.S. Air Force Airman Cody B. Jewett recently graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio.

    Son of Shawn and Susan Jewett of Harriman, he is a 2013 graduate of Harriman High School.

    Jewett completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

    Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate’s degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

  • Military Matters: Leonard Wright

    U.S. Army Pfc. Leonard Wright recently graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

    Son of Leonard Wright of Harriman and Donna Binford of Kingston, he is a 2014 graduate of Roane County High School, Kingston.

    During the nine weeks of training, Wright studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values and physical fitness.

    He also received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat.

  • CHS patients urged to check credit reports

    Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper and Acting Director Bill Giannini of the Tennessee Division of Consumer Affairs are encouraging all Tennesseans who were referred to or received services from physicians affiliated with Community Health Systems Inc. in the last five years to review their credit reports and accounts for possible unauthorized activity.

    Affected patients should take advantage of the one year free credit monitoring offered by the company in the wake of the data breach announced earlier this month.

  • See Freedom Engine items in Knox

    Through Nov. 30, visitors to the Museum of East Tennessee History will have an opportunity to view special items associated with the Freedom Engine, a tribute gift from East Tennesseans to New York City following the events of Sept. 11, 2001.

  • Free prostate cancer screening offered Sept. 18

    September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, and Roane Medical Center is among the sites free prostate-specific antigen tests are being offered.

    Testing will be conducted from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 18 in the Stowers Rotary Community Room.

    The testing is part of the free Eddie Check PSA tests and blood drives offered at 10 locations across eight East Tennessee counties.

    Blood donors will receive a free T-shirt and other special coupons and discounts for donating.

  • The Garden Gate: Orange in any form is always a big winner

    Oranges have been around for as long as we have records.

    Although they have been used in many ways over the centuries, it is only within our own time that we’ve become aware of the many benefits of oranges and their high content in vitamin C.

    It is interesting to note that oranges, lemons and limes were used by provisioners of the world’s navies to prevent scurvy — even without the knowledge we have of their vitamin content and uses today.

  • Obed to sell hog-hunting permits

    Obed Wild and Scenic River will allow hunting for wild hogs from Sept. 27 through Feb. 28, 2015.

    A permit is required to hunt hogs and may be purchased at Obed Wild & Scenic River Visitor Center or online at www.nps.gov/biso/planyourvisit/hog-hunting.htm.

    The permit costs $5 and is good for both Obed and Big South Fork National River and Recreation

    Area.

    A valid hunting license is required to purchase the permit. Dogs may not be used to hunt hogs.

    Call the Obed Wild and Scenic River Visitor Center at 423-346-6294.