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  • The Garden Gate: Have chocolate to feel like royalty

    Tradition holds that the ancient Aztec emperor Motecuhzoma was so addicted to “chocoatl,” the sacred beverage made from cocoa beans, that he consumed 50 golden goblets of it a day.

    The earliest cocoa trees probably grew in the tropical lowlands of Central America and Mexico. An ancient Toltec myth gives credit to the feathered serpent god Quetzalcoatl for first planting these trees and bringing chocolate, food of the gods, to human beings.

  • Harriman Happenings Sept. 30

    Sincere sympathy to Glenn Hickman and other loved ones in the recent passing of Glenn’s mother, who lived in Asheville, N.C.
    She was the wife of the late Rev. Hickman, a former pastor of New Century United Methodist Church. Services are incomplete at this writing.
    We express our deepest sympathy to Mary Jane and Kenneth Brown and all family members in the recent passing of their 3-year-old grandson in Memphis.

  • $1 million to go toward housing mentally ill

    UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Tennessee is allocating $1 million in grant funding to increase housing options available for Tennesseans who suffer from mental illness.
    “Without a place to call home, people who suffer from mental illness can get caught in a pattern of staying in hospitals, shelters and even the criminal justice system,” said Scott A. Bowers, CEO of UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Tennessee.

  • Pageant kicks off October Sky Festival in OS

    Oliver Springs Historical Society will kick off this year’s October Sky Fall Festival earlier this year, with the inaugural Miss October Sky Pageant at 7 p.m. Oct. 17.

    The pageant will be in Kellytown Baptist Church’s activity building, Oliver Springs.

    There is still time for ages newborn through high school to enter. The registration form and $25 entry fee must be received by Oct. 1.

  • On vacation with the Roane County News ... in Sevier County with Janelle Arthur!

    The Roane County News stayed close to home to explore Sevier County with Cindy and Ted Gramals.

    While at Dollywood, they ran into “American Idol” finalist and Oliver Springs native Janelle Arthur, who was performing in “The Great American Country Show” at the Pigeon Forge theme park.

  • Harriman Garden Club to give beautification awards

    Harriman Garden Club is taking nominations for the new Harriman Beautification Awards.

    Residential, commercial and industrial nominees are sought.

    All nominees must be in Harriman city limits and/or pay Harriman property taxes.

    Awards are based on lawns, gardens, flora and landscaping in the front yard only.

    Nominations may be made by messaging the Harriman Garden Club on Facebook, emailing Jamie Russell at Jamie@AceDemo.net, or sending the nominees’ name and address to P.O. Box 1422, Harriman, TN 37748.

  • Babahatchie’s final outdoor concert of the season planned for Sept. 29

    Babahatchie Community Band will have its last outdoor concert of the season beginning at 7 p.m. Sept. 29 at Harriman’s David Webb Riverfront Park.

    Admission is free.

    “This is a very special concert with some surprises in store,” promised Babahatchie member Alison Westrich. “The theme for this one is ’40s Radio Show. All music is music written and performed in the ’40s. It's going to be great. Bill Farnham is going to be our radio announcer.”

  • The Garden Gate: Rio Grande great for grapefruit

    Fall is a busy time in the garden, where leaf raking will soon become a recurring task.

    The scent of burning leaves, once a fall trademark, is now forbidden to city dwellers. It can still sometimes be a country experience.

    Cool nights and warm days have provided us with burgeoning bright colors in the trees, and soon the hollies and evergreens will remind us that the joyous holiday season is not so far in the future.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Sept. 25

    25 Years Ago

  • Harriman Music Club kicking off 104th season with Sept. 26 picnic

    Harriman Music Club has the distinction of being the oldest continually serving club in Roane County.

    Founded on June 3, 1910, by Mellie Denton, Rose Emery and Vera Diemer, it held membership in Federated Music Clubs of America until the early 1980s and continues as an active Music Club.

    The club will begin its 104th season with a covered-dish picnic at 6 p.m. Sept. 26 at the home of George and Margie Wadlington.

    Members, spouses, guests and interested prospective members are welcome to attend.