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  • Thank you to David Webb for Riverfront Park

    Harrison Barger, right, treasurer of the South Harriman Schools Alumni and Friends Organization, presents a check to David Webb in appreciation of his long-time involvement in the founding and maintenance of Harriman Riverfront Park, the city-owned facility that bears Webb’s name.

    This donation recognizes the importance of the park facilities for regular alumni activities and is given in honor of Gary Baker, who has assisted the organization in its annual gatherings for many years.

  • The Garden Gate: Planting rules passed down by word of mouth

    Most of us have known people who insisted on planting certain things according to phases of the moon or development of a particular kind of tree or shrub.

    Ever since man began to till the soil, people have looked for favorable signs in the stars, moon, native plants, times of the migrations of birds, colors of sunsets and some other aspects of nature to guide them in planting and in harvesting.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of July 25

    25 Years Ago
    Kingston Regional Planning Commission gave strings-attached approval to final development plans of Brentwood Landing. The state planner said most of the problems would be easy to take care of. Everything was ready; it just wasn’t at the meeting. Construction activity was expected to begin within the month.

    10 Years Ago

  • Learn to lead at Girl Scout event

    Present and prospective Girl Scout volunteers are welcome to attend Leaderfest, an inaugural inspirational and informative event on Aug. 11 in Alcoa.

    Leaderfest, organized in part by the Roane County Service Unit, will offer workshops on a variety of topics, such as songs; ceremonies; science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs; discipline issues; crafts; and games for all ages.

    A special session will address troop basics, including the changes to the Girl Scout program over the past few years.

  • Mid-East taking applications for energy assistance

    Mid-East Community Action Agency is now accepting applications for those needing help paying energy costs.

    Applicants must be responsible for paying their own energy costs.

    Applications are available online at www.mecaa.net.

    They may also be picked up at the Mid-East office at 1362 N. Gateway Ave., Rockwood. Office hours are from 8 to 11:30 a.m. and from 12:15 to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday; and from 8  to 11:30 a.m. and 12:15 to 1 p.m. Friday.

  • Blood drives set next week

    Medic Regional Blood Center has three upcoming blood drives in Roane County that will include incentives for donors willing to take time to give blood during the summer months.  

    Donors can give blood in a Medic mobile drive July 24 at Roane Medical Center at 412 Devonia St., Harriman.

    Another mobile drive will be on July 25 at Oliver Springs Food City.

    On July 30, a blood drive will be in the family center of Kingston Church of Christ at 120 Spring St.

    All three blood drives will be from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  • N-S exhibit car to make only Tenn. stop during October Sky fest in OS

    Norfolk Southern Corp. has confirmed its exhibit car will be on display in Oliver Springs on Oct. 20 at the October Sky Fall Festival.

    Admission is free to the public.

    The exhibit car is a restored 1926 Pullman that was converted to a mobile museum in 1971. Norfolk has completed the restoration of the exhibit car for its 30th anniversary.

    Oliver Springs will be one of 15 stops across the country and the only appearance in Tennessee.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of July 18

    25 Years Ago
    A devoted daughter, loving mother and much respected co-worker, Marcella Krevinko died at the age of 48. An employee of Roane County News, she walked to work and never missed a day in 16 years. She cared for her mother until her death, just over a month before Krevinko herself succumbed to cancer. All remembered her with love and admiration.

    10 Years Ago

  • The Garden Gate: Wild about rice? You’re not alone

    With its distinctive appearance and flavor, wild rice is one of the more popular gourmét foods.

    We must give full credit for this delectable treat to the Indians, especially the Chippewa and the Ojibway.

    These Midwestern tribes who used wild rice as a staple food.

    They valued it so highly that they waged tribal wars for control of Minnesota’s lakes in which the wild rice grew.

    The Chippewa name for wild rice is manonim, which means good berry.

  • Boat grand prize at this year’s Ferguson Fishing Rodeo for Kids

    A 14-foot boat, trailer and trolling motor will be going home with some lucky child who participates in  Dennis Ferguson’s Fishing Rodeo For Kids this year.

    The boat, donated by Bunch Marine, is among the prizes up for grabs in the annual fishing extravaganza on Aug. 4 at Roane County Park.