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  • 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.

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  • Fewer predicted to travel during Thanksgiving holiday

    AAA projects 43.4 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

    That’s a decrease of 1.5 percent from the 44 million people who traveled last year. This decrease falls just shy of last Thanksgiving’s four-year peak since the recession-driven declines in 2008-09, when Thanksgiving travel fell by 25 percent.

    The Thanksgiving holiday travel period is defined as Wednesday, Nov. 27, to Monday, Dec. 2.

  • Get a glimpse of the past at Harriman Christmas Tour

    The spirit of Christmas is upon us — and what better way to feel the love of the season than to share with others.

    On Dec. 14-15, Harriman residents will open their homes to guests for the 23rd annual Christmas Home Tour and Tea.

    Guests will be able to get a glimpse into the past as they tour seven Victorian-era homes with the glorious architecture of days gone by.

    The style and craftsmanship of the homes represented are from 1890s-1920s time period.

  • Daycare pumpkin patch fun

    Rockwood's Kids Corner Daycare toddler and preschool classes took a recent walking field trip to the pumpkin patch at Rockwood First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

  • Museum getting ready for birthday gala

    The Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge will celebrate its origins in the 1970s when guests gather for the 40th birthday gala at the museum on Dec. 6.

    The theme will be “Rocketing through the ’70s!” in honor of the March 11, 1973, opening of the museum and the Rocket Room play area that delights children of all ages.

    Saxophone Jack and Friends will entertain guests with the music from the 1970s, and guests are invited to dress as their favorite characters of that era.