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  • Look Back: A little something from our files

    25 Years Ago
    Kingston City Council passed an ordinance calling for a referendum on a city sales tax increase. This action was taken to avoid a possible loss in sales tax revenue if Roane County voters approved an increase in the county levy.

    10 Years Ago
    Kingston Police Department was preparing to kick off its Neighborhood Watch Program. The first city in the county to initiate the program, police were looking for eyes and ears in the community to watch for anything out of the norm.

    Five Years Ago

  • The Garden GATE: Grains traditionally supply us with our staff of life

    Grains have been a major diet staple from the beginning of time — and in every civilization.
    Breads made from grain are the “staff of life.”

    The Bible has hundreds of references to bread and the various grains from which it can be made.

    There is also reference to what some of these grains in ancient times were and how their counterparts compare.

    We seldom hear about spelt, millet, pulse or maize, although spelt can be found in health food stores today.

    Rye, buckwheat, barley, wheat, rice and corn, however, are very familiar.

  • Harriman Happenings: January 28

    There was a new arrival Monday at the home of Shannon and Ashley Jones Blakely.

    Marie James was born Monday, Jan. 21, in a hospital in Cookeville.

    Blakely is the couple’s first child. Grandparents are the Rev. and Mrs. Odel Cruckfield, Lametea Moore and Shannon Jones Sr.

    Ceola Lawrence is the great-grandmother.

    Congratulations to this young couple on becoming parents.

    Last Sunday, Julia Harris was honored with a pre-birthday dinner in Oak Ridge with some of her children and grandchildren.

  • Give blood for The King

    Medic Regional Blood Center is offering one blood donor in January a trip for two to Graceland, home of Elvis Presley.    

    Donors who give blood during the month are automatically entered to win the prize package that includes two tickets to Graceland, overnight hotel stay and a gas card.    

    Medic will be at Oliver Spring Food City from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 30 for a blood drive.

    All donors will receive a limited-edition Elvis T-shirt.

  • Jimmy Wayne concert, reverse raffle on Feb. 9

    Earl Duff Subaru and Citizens First Bank are sponsors of the first CASA Winter Blast to benefit CASA of the Ninth Judicial District.

    The Winter Blast, to be held Saturday, Feb. 9, at the historic Princess Theatre in Harriman, features a reverse raffle with a $5000 grand prize, a concert by Jimmy Wayne, Nashville recording artist and National CASA spokesman, and food provided by Ruby Tuesday, Caramella’s Catering and Lincoln’s Sports Grill.

  • The Garden GATE: Artists, botanists keen on beauty of flowers

    A love of flowers has been a common meeting ground for people worldwide over the centuries — and it never changes over time.

    Books and magazines referring to gardening occupy whole sections in many bookstores and libraries. They are replete with photographs of plants and flowers, which seem so real that one can almost feel their textures and smell their varied scents.

    But photography is a comparatively recent art, especially such true-to-life photography.

  • Things You Should Know

    Editor’s note: The deadline for including items in Calendar is at least one week before the event. Items appear as a public service as space is available. Unless otherwise noted, all events and activities are open to the public.
    MONDAY, JAN. 28
    • Bowers Elementary School, Harriman, will have Family Math and Reading Night for grades K-2 from 6 to 8 p.m. The school is at 120 Breazeale St.

    TUESDAY, JAN. 29

  • Things to Do

    Editor’s note: The deadline for including items in Calendar is at least one week before the event. Items appear as a public service as space is available. Unless otherwise noted, all events and activities are open to the public.
    FRIDAY, JAN. 25
    • A public country music show and dance featuring The Riverfront Band will be from 7 to 10 a.m. in the Harriman American Legion. Smoking and alcohol are prohibited.

    MONDAY, JAN. 28

  • Free tax help to be offered in Kingston

    AARP Tax-Aide is offering free income-tax assistance and preparation from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Tuesday from Feb. 5-April 9 in Kingston Community Center at 201 Patton Ferry Road.

    AARP Tax-Aide is one of the nation’s largest free  volunteer-run tax assistance and preparation service available to taxpayers with low- and middle-income.

    Special attention is given to those age 60 and older.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Jan. 23

    25 Years Ago
    A groundbreaking ceremony in Oak Ridge kicked off the transformation of the Downtown Shopping Center to Oak Ridge Mall. It was planned for about 200 stores to occupy the center, which was to offer Roane Countians an alternative to Knoxville’s West Town Mall.

    10 Years Ago