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  • Join Wanderers for walk along Kingston’s Watts Bar Lake

    The East Tennessee Wanderers walking club is planning a 3-mile fun walk May 4 along the Betty Brown Memorial Walking Trail by Watts Bar Lake in Kingston.

    Area residents are welcome to participate.

    Walkers will sign in at 10  a.m. at the 58 Landing parking lot on Hwy. 58. Lunch at an area restaurant will follow the walk.

    The Wanderers is a volkswalking club that promotes fun, fitness and friendship by providing people of average athletic ability opportunities for leisurely, non-competitive walks in scenic and historic areas.

  • MASH Bash to aid Free Clinic

    The third annual MASH Bash fundraiser for the Free Medical Clinic of Oak Ridge, fashioned after the “MASH”   television series, is planned for Aug. 10 in the parish life center of St. Mary's Church in Oak Ridge.

    Tickets go on sale June 17.  

    The parish life center will be transformed into a scene right out of the the sitcom’s 4077th, complete with triage, a mess tent and an officer’s club.  

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  • Salvation Army class trains in disaster services

    Through the efforts of Niki Smith, the Beta Alpha Chi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society recently hosted a Salvation Army national disaster services training program at Roane State Community College.

    The class was led by Ray Dalrymple, the Salvation Army service extension director for the Kentucky and Tennessee Division.

    Participants included Bob Lepsig, Gary Evans, Mary Carmen Van Horn, Duncan Van Horn and Niki Smith of Roane County.

    Participants from Morgan County were Joe Currier, Shelly Melhorn and Norma Patterson.

  • The Garden Gate: America’s gardens provide valuable history lesson

    The lilac is one of the prettiest flowers of spring. And just to confuse you entirely, lilacs are really syringas, a name usually given to the mock orange or Philadelphia.

    Syringas belong to the ancient olive family, and the name comes from the Greek syrinx, which was first applied to the mock orange. They have a long life span and have been grown since ancient times.

  • Rangers ready for coffee, climbing

    Obed Wild and Scenic River will have two programs on May 4.

    Join National Park Service rangers for a free cup of coffee and informational sesion at Lilly Bridge from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

    The Climb With a Ranger program will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., beginning at Lilly Bridge.

    The park will provide all gear for rock climbing. Those participating should bring drinking water and sturdy footwear.

  • Go Green at this year’s Home, Garden Show

    “Go Green and Save Money!” is the theme of the Roane County Chamber of Commerce’s seventh annual Home and Garden Show.

    The show will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 11 at Roane State’s Expo Center on the college’s main campus in Roane County.

    Organizers of this year’s event said it promises to be bigger and better than ever.

  • Military Matters: Haley S. Ladd

    U.S. Air Force Airman Haley S. Ladd graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

    Daughter of Ricky and Deena Ladd of Kingston, she is a 2010 graduate of Midway High School.

    Ladd completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

  • '80s icon Rick Springfield headlining Secret City Fest

    Rick Springfield, who helped set the soundtrack for the 1980s with his No. 1 hit single, “Jessie’s Girl,” and Knoxville-native rockers The Dirty Guv’nahs will be the headline entertainment for this year’s Secret City Festival.

    The Dirty Guv’nahs will perform for the annual Oak Ridge weekend festival at 7 p.m. Friday, June 21, on the concert main stage, with Soul Candy and The Traffic Jam as opening acts.

    Springfield will be on the concert mainstage beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 22.

  • Gibbons retires from 278th post

    First Sgt. Joel Gibbons retired from the Tennessee Army National Guard following a change of responsibility ceremony at Knoxville’s National Guard Armory on Sutherland Avenue after 23 years of service.

    Gibbons, originally from Niagara Falls, N.Y., officially retired as 278th Regimental Headquarters Troop First Sergeant on March 29 after following in the footsteps of his father and two older brothers by enlisting in the U.S. Army in August 1989.