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  • Things to Do

    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.
    FRIDAY, JAN. 25
    • A public country music show and dance featuring The Riverfront Band will be from 7 to 10 a.m. in the Harriman American Legion. Smoking and alcohol are prohibited.

    MONDAY, JAN. 28

  • Free tax help to be offered in Kingston

    AARP Tax-Aide is offering free income-tax assistance and preparation from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Tuesday from Feb. 5-April 9 in Kingston Community Center at 201 Patton Ferry Road.

    AARP Tax-Aide is one of the nation’s largest free  volunteer-run tax assistance and preparation service available to taxpayers with low- and middle-income.

    Special attention is given to those age 60 and older.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Jan. 23

    25 Years Ago
    A groundbreaking ceremony in Oak Ridge kicked off the transformation of the Downtown Shopping Center to Oak Ridge Mall. It was planned for about 200 stores to occupy the center, which was to offer Roane Countians an alternative to Knoxville’s West Town Mall.

    10 Years Ago

  • Harriman Happenings: Jan. 21

    Sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Edna Gillespie Hickey, who passed away Sunday, Jan. 13.

    She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles William Hickey, and her parents. She leaves three sons and three daughters and their families.

    She was a faithful member and worker at Euchee Chapel AME Church in Spring City. Service was held for her Thursday, Jan. 17. The Rev. L.B. Tate officiated.

  • Fisher new Habitat president, Kingston home ‘under roof’

    Roane County Habitat for Humanity recently installed several new leaders and added two new board members.

    These latest additions are part of Habitat’s effort to continue to strengthen its board of directors and build more homes for families in need in the county.

    Todd Fisher, who has been interim president for the last several months, was officially installed as president.

    Fisher has extensive managerial experience in forming and leading high-performance teams in corporate, nonprofit and start-up organizations.

  • Fruits, nuts to be part of workshop focus this year

    “Edible Landscaping: From Fruit to Nuts” is the topic of the Master Gardeners of Roane County’s eighth winter workshop.

    The daylong workshop will be on Feb. 2.

    The Master Gardeners have teamed up with David Lockwood, Tennessee Extension Specialist for fruit and nuts; Roane County Extension Agent Grant Palmer; and Bradbury United Methodist Church to provide classroom training on a variety of fruit and nut crops and active, hands-on experience in an orchard.

  • Classes help with chronic disease management

    Mid-East Community Action Agency’s senior services department and  Roane County Health Department are partnering to offer a chronic disease self-management program beginning Feb. 27.

    Classes will meet from 1 to 3 p.m. each Wednesday through April 3 in the health department at 1362 N. Gateway Ave., Rockwood.

    The workshop is for anyone who is dealing with a chronic health concern, including but not limited to heart disease, cancer, depression, asthma, COPD, chronic pain, or diabetes.

  • The Garden Gate: Things always rosy for perfumes

    The history of perfume parallels the history of civilization. For almost as long as there have been human beings, people have used many and varied ways to capture the scents of flowers and plants to use when the real ones were not available.

    Many primitive people used smoke perfumes. Aromatic plants, tree resins and fragrant herbs were burned, and garments and other textiles were held in the smoke to perfume them. Some American Indian tribes still do this as a ceremonial ritual. This, of course was the beginning of the development of incense.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Jan. 16

    25 Years Ago
    Approximately 8 inches of snowfall blanketed the area from Thursday through Sunday, playing havoc with school openings, traffic, sports events and meeting schedules.

    10 Years Ago
    The Warm Thoughts program was started by Rockwood Water, Sewer and Gas to help residents who need heating bill assistance. Mid-East Community Action Agency was chosen to distribute the funds.

    Five Years Ago

  • Military Matters: Michael J. Vann

    U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Michael J. Vann has deployed overseas to a forward operating base to serve in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

    Operation Enduring Freedom is the official name given to anti-terrorism military operations involving U.S. troops and allied coalition partners.

    Vann is a vehicle maintenance technician assigned to the 134th Air Refueling Wing at Knoxville.

    The sergeant has served in the military for 15 years.