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  • Ridge View students trim winning REU Christmas tree

    Tammy Mullins’ first-grade class at Ridge View Elementary School, Rockwood, took first-place honors in Rockwood 2000’s Christmas-tree-decorating contest.

    Seven trees displayed in downtown buildings were decorated by Ridge View students participating in the contest.

    “The participation was truly in the spirit of Christmas and so well done that it was very hard for the judges to choose winners,” said Sandy McIntosh of Rockwood 2000.

    The winning tree is on display in Rockwood Electric Utility.

  • The Garden Gate: Christmas legends abound

    No one knows for certain the date on which Jesus was born. For more than three centuries, “Christ-Mass” was a moveable feast.

    And, in many places, it was celebrated on Jan. 6, the Epiphany. That’s the day, according to the Biblical account, when Jesus was manifested to the Magi.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Dec. 12

    25 Years Ago
    A new 150,000-square-foot shopping center was being built in Rockwood. The Valley Shopping Center, just north of Roane Memorial Gardens on Hwy. 27, would include Walmart, Ingles Food Store, a clothing store and various area shops. Rockwood Water, Wastewater and Natural Gas was approached about providing water, sewer and gas service to the facility.

    10 Years Ago

  • Farmers market awarded state grant

    Harriman Farmers Market was recently awarded a $1,500 grant from the Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program to help advertise the market.

    “We are excited about implementing some new ideas at the market this season, and this additional funding will help us accomplish our goals,” said Dina Jackson, Harriman’s city grant coordinator.

    This year the market is focusing on developing a campaign that promotes fresh “Tennessee grown” food as a healthier choice for children.

  • Muse Watson performance to raise funds for Princess Theatre

    Harriman’s Hollywood connection, veteran actor Muse Watson, will perform “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day,” a Dec. 21 holiday concert benefiting the Princess Theatre Foundation.

    Watson, who has a home in Harriman, will be accompanied by acclaimed pianist Dr. Eric Littleton.

    Littleton is a Harriman native who has a family medical practice in Sevierville.

    Tickets are $10 each and are available at Rocky Top General Store in South Harriman and the Harriman Jewelry Exchange.

  • Three new stars in Legacy Society

    The Michael Dunn Foundation hosted a reception and dinner earlier this month to honor new members of the Michael Dunn Foundation Legacy Society.

    The members honored at the Legacy Society reception and dinner were The Knights of Columbus- Council 8273; In Memory of Albert Clark by Doris Clark; and In Memory of Donald Brown by his aunt, Sarah Coram, who was represented by her niece, Teina Ingram.

  • The Garden Gate: Plants add festive touch to the holiday season

    Thanksgiving was fun. Its traditions, family gatherings, predictable menus and festive atmosphere are precious and a fitting introduction to several weeks of joyful anticipation and celebration.

    Christmas decorations are going up everywhere we look, and Christmas plants and flowers are making their appearance in stores, churches, public buildings and our houses.

    Tradition plays a large part here, too.

    Poinsettias, without which it would seem no holiday décor would be complete, are perhaps the most obvious.

  • Get in the holiday spirit with ‘The Nutcracker’

    Beautiful costumes, breathtaking scenery and a mostly Roane County cast performing to a Tchaikovsky soundtrack in Arts in Motion’s 2012 presentation of Roane County’s “The Nutcracker.”

    Performances in the O’Brien Theater on Roane State Community College’s main campus are scheduled for 7 p.m. Nov. 30-Dec. 1 and at 2 p.m. Dec. 2.

    School performances will start at 9:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Nov. 29.

    Tickets are $18 per person and are available at the door or by reservation by calling 376-0295.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Nov. 28

    25 Years Ago
    Dr. Robert Booher, a specialist in addictionology at Mountain View Recovery Center in Maryville, presented the Roane County Task Force Against Drug Abuse with the newest research data. “Chemical dependency, in the form of alcoholism or as an addiction to any other type of mood-altering drug, is a primary medical disease,” he said. Once the addict and his family understand the disease concept, hope can be regained; treatment can be sought; and recovery can begin.

    10 Years Ago

  • Free math, algebra tutoring for students, homework helpers and homeschoolers

    Free tutoring in basic math and algebra is being offered at the Kingston Community Center on Tuesday afternoons at 2 beginning immediately.

    Experienced tutor John Shacter is taking anyone who is interested in learning and is in the fourth grade or higher.

    Anyone needing help should come by or call Jo Ann Knies at the community center, or talk to  Shacter at 719-0336.

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