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Community News

  • Help available to access BSF cemeteries

    The Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area will provide assistance on June 6-7 for family members who wish to visit remote cemeteries and do minor clean-up of graves of their relatives.

    This assistance will be provided to the park cemeteries that are not easy to access and located inside the park boundary.

    Transportation from a designated area in the park to the cemetery will be provided only to those who are physically unable to walk round trip, based on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Snake bite not big problem in Tennessee

    As summer approaches and many Tennesseans go outdoors for hiking and boating and other warm-weather activities, snakes will emerge as well. Vanderbilt University Medical Center medical toxicologist John Benitez, associate professor of clinical medicine and emergency medicine, offers tips for avoiding these reptiles and what to do if bitten.

  • Woman finds respite ‘a little closer to home’

    It started with a nagging cough.

    Saundra Gillum thought it was probably just some sort of cold virus and, like most moms, disregarded her health concerns in favor of caring for others. Her adult son was going through cancer treatment, the holidays had arrived, and her time was precious.

    “I didn’t think about myself,” Gillum said. “I was thinking more about my son.”

  • The Garden Gate: Flowers once governed society’s fashion sense

    What is in fashion governs us more than we realize.

    There are fashions in everything: clothes, foods, decorative arts, jewelry, hair styles, home decor, music, dance and drama, manners and morals, and, surprisingly, flowers.

    Wearing flowers is at a low point currently, but flowers were worn as lapel corsages or hair ornaments with almost any outfit in the 1930s and ’40s. And this was the heyday of the gardenia.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of May 21

    25 Years Ago
    Kingston property owners who did not live in the city had their hopes — and their votes — dashed with a 1987 Kingston City Charter change. It was the first time in many years non-residents who own property were excluded from determining Kingston mayor and City Council members. Consequently, it kept residents of Harriman, Rockwood, Oliver Springs and Oak Ridge who owned property in Kingston from voting in two of the county’s municipal elections.

  • ‘Smoke’ returning to Crossville stage for its 21st season

    One of Cumberland County Playhouse’s most popular productions, “Smoke on the Mountain,” returns to the stage of the Crossville theater on May 30.

    Now in its 21st consecutive year at Cumberland County Playhouse, “Smoke” continues to play to sold-out crowds and delight audiences again and again.

    “The publisher, Samuel French Inc. — the oldest and largest publisher for plays and musicals in the world — tells us it’s the most popular show they license,” said director Weslie Webster.

  • Sunsphere observation deck now open

    The observation deck of the Sunsphere in Knoxville’s World’s Fair Park is now open and offering an updated experience.

    In addition to basic upgrades including new floor and ceiling tiles, the observation deck features updated information on the numerous and diverse educational and entertainment opportunities Knoxville has to offer.

    “The Sunsphere is the first thing many people see when they come to visit our city and a favorite spot for locals in the community,” said Kim Bumpas, president of Visit Knoxville.

  • Kingston annual Memorial Day service in works

    Kingston American Legion Post 110 will have its annual Memorial Day observance beginning at 10 a.m. May 26 at Bethel Cemetery.

    U.S. Army retiree Rod Schneider will be the keynote speaker for the event.

    The program includes a call to order by Cmdr. Randy Heidle, Cub Scout Pack 101’s presentation of colors, placing of the wreath by Buddy Miles, and invocation by Ab Armour.

    The observance will close with roll call by Cherokee Middle School, a 21-gun salute by the Roane County Honor Guard and the playing of taps by buglar Mike Rotters.

  • Farmers’ markets more accessible to SNAP recipients

    Farmers and farmers’ markets across the state have increased their reach to the more than 1.3 million Tennesseans participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, formerly known as Food Stamps.

    The Tennessee Department of Human Services, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture and the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service recently had a Farmers’ Market On-Site Application and Approval Event for those interested in receiving free wireless point-of-sale devices equipped to accept SNAP benefits.

  • Beautification kudos to Mynatts, flower shop

    Ken and Pat Mynatt are the recipients of the Harriman Garden Club’s April/May Residential Beautification Award.

    A bevy of spring flowers are on the lawn of the Mynatts’ home on Trenton Street in the Cornstalk Heights area.

    Adkisson's Flowers at 503 N. Roane St., owned by Jesse and Linda Rittenhouse, is cited by the Harriman Garden Club as its most beautiful commercial establishment in April/May.

    Nominations for residential and commercial honors may be sent to Harriman Garden Club, P.O. Box 1422, Harriman, TN 37748 or jamie@acedemo.net.