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  • The Garden Gate: Romany people appreciate spring

    The Romany people — usually referred to as gypsies — are descendants of an ancient  warrior class of northern India.

    They traveled west around the year 1000 A.D. Migrating through Persia and Armenia, their travels took them into Europe and, much later, the Americas.

    Today, the Roma people are scattered all over the world. Their lifestyle is largely nomadic and greatly influenced by the effect this has had on their culinary ways.

  • RiverSharks home from Hog’s Breath gig

    RiverSharks members — Mike Shannon, lead vocals and guitar; Roger Deal, lead guitar; Kenny Deal, vocals and keyboards; Greg Campbell, vocals and bass guitar; and Dale Barnard, drums — recently returned from their second weeklong engagement at the world-famous Hog’s Breath Saloon in Key West, Fla.

    The RiverSharks is a country-rock band based in Roane County.

    Shannon, the band’s founder, said the best part of the engagement was “all our fans from Tennessee who traveled to Key West to hear us play."

  • February 25 Harriman Happenings

    On Feb. 9-10, Carolyn Clemmons along with her son Mel and wife Stephanie spent the weekend in Gatlinburg.

    Carolyn’s grandson, Mel Lee Clemmons, was nominated to East Tennessee All State Band. He attends West High School in Knoxville and is a sophomore. He plays the trombone.

    The concert was great, and there were about 100 students in the band. Others who attended were Mel Lee’s mother Yana and Sean Powell, sisters Kayla and Seine and grandmother Shanda.

    We are very proud of Mel Lee’s accomplishments. Chase and Caden came to see their big brother play, too.

  • The Garden Gate: Easter is the lily’s time to shine

    The practice of placing floral groupings in temples began with the Chinese Buddhists in the 6th century.

    Flowers have been important symbols of worship for religions worldwide for many centuries, even long before the Christian era.

    They can be seen in secular and religious occasions, especially joyful ones like weddings, and in all places of worship and ceremonial occasions, such as churches, temples and synagogues.

    Festivals of ancient gods were marked by strewing flowers and their petals, as well as adorning statues with wreaths.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Feb. 20

    25 Years Ago
    Rolland “Rollo” McNelly of Midtown joined the elite ranks of bowlers who have scored a perfect 300-point game. His feat at Midtown’s Tri-Cities Lanes was accomplished with a ball given to him by Betty Maples, the facility’s owner. “When the pins fell, it was a great feeling,” McNelly said of that final frame that cinched the game. “I’d like to have another one — someday.”

    10 Years Ago

  • Phone numbers changed: Facility not all that’s new for Roane Medical Center

    Phone numbers at Roane Medical Center have changed.

    This change, effective Feb. 17, is part of the move to the new medical center campus in Midtown.

    The new numbers are part of the dial scheme for the Covenant Health system, of which Roane Medical Center is a member.

    The Covenant Health five-digit dial plan is implemented across the system.

    This feature is designed to help decrease long-distance costs systemwide and allows facilities the ability to five-digit dial each other.

  • Folk musician McCutcheon to play for Children’s Museum

    Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist John McCutcheon will perform in Oak Ridge’s Grove Theater this week in a special concert to benefit the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge.

    The concert, which starts at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22, will pay tribute to Selma Shapiro, the late long-time director of the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge.

    McCutcheon is a folk musician known for his stories, songs, and his virtuosic skill with a variety of instruments.

  • Henry Center celebration
  • Separation of church, state next League luncheon topic

    “Separation of Church and State: Protecting Your Religious Freedom” will be the topic of Paul W. Sharkey’s talk during the next Lunch with the League.

    The Oak Ridge League of Women Voters event will start at noon Feb. 19 in Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church at 1500 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

    Sharkey is a retired professor of philosophy and religion and professor of community health.  

    There is no cost to attend, and reservations are not required.

  • Harriman Happenings: Feb. 18

    Sincere sympathy to Sister Elfredia Williams and other relatives in the death of Elfredia’s brother.

    He passed away suddenly early Sunday morning in a hospital in Griffin, Ga.

    Our prayers are with this family.

    Our deep sympathy to Rex Harris and all family members and friends in the home going of his wife, Elizabeth Harris, who recently passed away.

    Sincere sympathy to the loved ones of Bertha Mae Perry, who recently passed away in her home.