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  • Hwys. 58, 72 improvements completed

    The Tennessee Department of Transportation has completed improvements to the intersection of Hwys. 58 and 72 south of Kingston.

    TDOT used safety grants to fund work to the intersection, which has been the site of a number of serious and fatal car crashes.

    “I am very pleased that the intersection of State Route 72 at State Route 58 has been improved,” said state Sen. Ken Yager, R-Harriman.

    Yager was Roane County Executive when he first sought improvements to the road. He was elected to the Tennessee Senate in 2008.

  • Rotary pancakes a treat for both the tastebuds and the community

    Kingston Rotary Club’s annual pancake breakfast and silent auction this weekend have lasting effects that go beyond a clean plate.

    Proceeds from this year’s breakfast will be used to support the club’s community and international service projects.

    The breakfast will be from 8 to 11 a.m. Feb. 2 in Kingston Church of Christ family center at 120 Spring St., Kingston.

    Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for children and may be purchased from any Kingston Rotary Club member or at the door.

    Call Ralph Best at 376-0578 for details.

  • Valentine dinner trains hit the tracks

    Southern Appalachia Railway Museum will once again roll out its restored 1920s Pullman dining car for Valentine dinner excursions.

    Chef Andras Bartha will prepare four entrée choices for diners on the museum's Valentine dinner trains which give couples an opportunity to experience a romantic setting similar to that experienced during golden age of American rail travel in the 1930s-40s.

    Departures are at 6 p.m. Feb. 13-15; and at 5 p.m. Feb. 16.

  • Look Back: A little something from our files

    25 Years Ago
    Kingston City Council passed an ordinance calling for a referendum on a city sales tax increase. This action was taken to avoid a possible loss in sales tax revenue if Roane County voters approved an increase in the county levy.

    10 Years Ago
    Kingston Police Department was preparing to kick off its Neighborhood Watch Program. The first city in the county to initiate the program, police were looking for eyes and ears in the community to watch for anything out of the norm.

    Five Years Ago

  • The Garden GATE: Grains traditionally supply us with our staff of life

    Grains have been a major diet staple from the beginning of time — and in every civilization.
    Breads made from grain are the “staff of life.”

    The Bible has hundreds of references to bread and the various grains from which it can be made.

    There is also reference to what some of these grains in ancient times were and how their counterparts compare.

    We seldom hear about spelt, millet, pulse or maize, although spelt can be found in health food stores today.

    Rye, buckwheat, barley, wheat, rice and corn, however, are very familiar.

  • Harriman Happenings: January 28

    There was a new arrival Monday at the home of Shannon and Ashley Jones Blakely.

    Marie James was born Monday, Jan. 21, in a hospital in Cookeville.

    Blakely is the couple’s first child. Grandparents are the Rev. and Mrs. Odel Cruckfield, Lametea Moore and Shannon Jones Sr.

    Ceola Lawrence is the great-grandmother.

    Congratulations to this young couple on becoming parents.

    Last Sunday, Julia Harris was honored with a pre-birthday dinner in Oak Ridge with some of her children and grandchildren.

  • Give blood for The King

    Medic Regional Blood Center is offering one blood donor in January a trip for two to Graceland, home of Elvis Presley.    

    Donors who give blood during the month are automatically entered to win the prize package that includes two tickets to Graceland, overnight hotel stay and a gas card.    

    Medic will be at Oliver Spring Food City from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 30 for a blood drive.

    All donors will receive a limited-edition Elvis T-shirt.

  • Jimmy Wayne concert, reverse raffle on Feb. 9

    Earl Duff Subaru and Citizens First Bank are sponsors of the first CASA Winter Blast to benefit CASA of the Ninth Judicial District.

    The Winter Blast, to be held Saturday, Feb. 9, at the historic Princess Theatre in Harriman, features a reverse raffle with a $5000 grand prize, a concert by Jimmy Wayne, Nashville recording artist and National CASA spokesman, and food provided by Ruby Tuesday, Caramella’s Catering and Lincoln’s Sports Grill.

  • The Garden GATE: Artists, botanists keen on beauty of flowers

    A love of flowers has been a common meeting ground for people worldwide over the centuries — and it never changes over time.

    Books and magazines referring to gardening occupy whole sections in many bookstores and libraries. They are replete with photographs of plants and flowers, which seem so real that one can almost feel their textures and smell their varied scents.

    But photography is a comparatively recent art, especially such true-to-life photography.

  • Things You Should Know

    Editor’s note: The deadline for including items in Calendar is at least one week before the event. Items appear as a public service as space is available. Unless otherwise noted, all events and activities are open to the public.
    MONDAY, JAN. 28
    • Bowers Elementary School, Harriman, will have Family Math and Reading Night for grades K-2 from 6 to 8 p.m. The school is at 120 Breazeale St.

    TUESDAY, JAN. 29