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  • United Way hopes more give to meet higher agency fund requests

    Roane County United Way is extremely grateful to all the individuals and businesses that have so generously contributed and continue to contribute to Roane County United Way.

    During 2013, those contributions supported 37 agencies providing a wide variety of services to residents of Roane County from crisis services to families and individuals, to education and youth services in our communities.

    “For 2014 Roane County United Way has received requests from 34 organizations for support of 42 programs to meet the needs of Roane County residents.

  • Grants to save sites vital to Civil War

    The Tennessee Wars Commission and the Tennessee Historical Commission will begin accepting applications on Dec. 1 for a new grant program to provide funding to protect Civil War and Underground Railroad sites in Tennessee.

    Grant funding is made possible by the Tennessee Civil War Sites Preservation Act of 2013, which was passed this year by the Tennessee General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. Haslam.

  • Meet Santa, help CASA

    Court Appointed Special Advocates of the Ninth Judicial District is offering two opportunities for the public to have a child’s or pet’s photo taken with Santa while discussing how to help abused children.

    Santa will be in front of the former Roane Medical Center in Harriman from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 5 before the Harriman Christmas parade.

    The second opportunity will be from 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 14 at Earl Duff Subaru, Harriman.

  • Avery Trace DAR supports book scholarship

    The Avery Trace Chapter, NSDAR Scholarship Committee, on behalf

    of the chapter, presen-

    ted Linda Brown of the Roane State Foundation with a check for $400 during a recent monthly chapter meeting in Kingston Community Center.

    The money will be used to fund a book scholarship for a Roane State student majoring in history.

    When this is not possible, the foundation selects an honors student in another field of study who is in need of financial support.

  • Spaghetti supper helps Operation REACH

    State Rep. Kent Calfee, left, presents Operation REACH President Randy Ellis with a check for $2,100.

    The money was raised during Calfee’s inaugural spaghetti dinner and dessert auction, with all proceeds from the event going to Operation REACH, a charitable organization that enables children in need to go Christmas shopping every holiday season.

  • Meet the Roane Treasures Class of 2013

    A former Tennessee legislator, a pair of engineers, a retired elementary school principal and a builder make up this year's Roane Treasures.

    The group was recognized by Roane County Executive Ron Woody during a Founders Day ceremony earlier this month.

    This year's Golden Treasure is 96-year-old Ida Lou Nelson.

    Treasures and the County Commission districts they represent are Jack Bowman, 1st; Mitchell B. Ollis, 2nd; Thomas Pickel, 3rd; Leonard Morris, 4th; and Arvel McNelley, 5th.

  • Alexander Inn stabilized and ready for rehab

    Oak Ridge’s Alexander Inn, historically known as the Guest House, has been stabilized and is prepared for rehabilitation.

    The occasion was marked with an official groundbreaking ceremony earlier this month.

    Family Pride Corp., which has led successful projects in Loudon, Lenoir City and Knoxville, is in charge of the rehabilitation.

    The company plans to transform the Manhattan Project-era hotel into a state-of-the-art assisted-living facility.

  • The Garden Gate: Turkey not gobbled up at first Thanksgiving

    Although turkey has become the mainstay of our Thanksgiving Day dinners, it is interesting to note that turkey is not listed in the records of the first Thanksgiving dinner.

    They were, however, plentiful in the New England woods at the time.

    Wild ducks, geese, venison, fish, shellfish, all sorts of “sallet,” wild fruits and berries, and wine made from both white and red grapes comprised the menu on that important day.

    The party on that first Thanksgiving celebration was a three-day bash.

  • New homes in time for the holidays

    Jessie Whittington and Shelia Carpenter recently celebrated the completion of their new Roane County Habitat for Humanity homes.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Nov. 27

    25 Years Ago