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  • Head Start now taking applications

    Mid-East Community Action Agency is accepting applications to enroll children in Head Start.

    Head Start is a federal early childhood program that promotes school readiness from ages birth to 5 in low-income families by enhancing cognitive, social and emotional development.

    It provides a learning environment that supports children’s growth in language and literacy, cognition and general knowledge, physical development and health, social and emotional development and approaches to learning.

  • Forms for fest online

    Vendor and exhibitor applications for Oak Ridge’s 11th annual Secret City Festival are now available online.

    Applications may be downloaded at www.SecretCityFestival.com.

    This year’s Secret City Festival will be June 21-22 at AK Bissell Park.

    Applications are available for arts and crafts, exhibitors and food vendors.

    Applications for Tennessee Creates, the juried arts show, will be available at a later date.

  • Rose seminar slated March 2

    A 2013 rose seminar “Growing Beautiful Roses Made Easy,” will be on March 2 on the University of Tennessee’s Agricultural Campus.

    The seminar, sponsored by the Holston Rose Society and the Tennessee Rose Society., is designed for both novice and experienced rose growers.

    There will be multi-education sessions presented by speakers with many years of experience in growing roses.

    The seminar will be from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The cost will be $15 with advanced registration, and $20 if paid at the door.

  • Roane Choral to Lift Every Voice in Feb. 23 concert

    Roane Choral Society will continue its 40th anniversary season with a concert, “Lift Every Voice,” at 7 p.m. Feb. 23 in Harriman’s historic Princess Theatre.

    Donations will be accepted at the performance.

    The Roane County Community Chorus will join in this presentation of moving spirituals and gospel music as in celebration of Black History Month.

    Roane County Community Chorus will sing several favorites and will join Roane Choral Society on “O Happy Day” and “Lift Every Voice.”

  • Women, Hispanics still have time to file

    Hispanic and women farmers and ranchers who allege discrimination by the USDA in past decades have just a bit more than a month to file claims.

    The filing period closes March 25.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files for the Week of Feb. 13

    25 Years Ago
    Rockwood patrolman Rodney Redmon was proclaimed a hero for the second time in two and a half years when he pulled Fred “Junior” Pass Jr. from a burning building on Poplar Street. “The good Lord must have sent him down here,” said Paul Ed Pass, who credited Redmon with saving his brother’s life. Redmon received Gov. Lamar Alexander’s Outstanding Tennessean Award in 1986 for his earlier heroic feat in which he pulled a 2-year-old Tommy Mullins from a storm sewer.

    10 Years Ago

  • Group has reason to dance on Feb. 16

    Three Rivers Ramblers Square Dance Club will celebrate its 33rd anniversary on Feb. 16
    with a special dance in Harriman American Legion.

    The dance, open to the public, starts at 8 p.m. Jeanette Bowen will also have line dancing.

    The club formed in the fall of 1979 with a few experienced square dancers and a class of beginners in the Harriman American Legion Hall. The first class of “graduates” finished in February 1980, said club member Connie Williams.

  • The Garden Gate: Ashes are holy, and tasty, too

    Mardi Gras is a day of carnival, parades and competitions. Superiority and imagination are displayed in costumes, floats, bands and general magnificence. There are flowers, confetti, feasting and general hysteria of every kind.

    Then comes Ash Wednesday, where reality overcomes the imagination and everything comes to a pause for solemn reflection.

    Ash Wednesday is observed in countless churches worldwide as the beginning of Lent, a 40-day period of abstinence and thoughtful study which precedes the joyousness of Easter.

  • Valentine’s Day specials at state parks

    With nature serving as the perfect, romantic setting, Tennessee State Parks are offering Valentine’s Day packages for those looking for a great deal.  

    All eight state park restaurants will be open Thursday, Feb. 14, most serving a special Valentine’s Day meal.  

    Special overnight packages also are available at Tennessee State Parks’ six inns.

    A romantic dinner package for two is priced from $31.90 to $44.95, depending on the location.

  • Prepare for quake with ShakeOut

    Tennesseans are among the more than 2.5 million people expected to participate in the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Great Central U.S. ShakeOut earthquake drill.

    The ShakeOut will be at 10:15 a.m. Feb. 7.

    It is a multi-state earthquake drill for millions of people to simultaneously practice the recommended response to earthquake shaking:

    • Drop to the ground;

    • Take cover by getting under a sturdy desk or table; and