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  • 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.

  • Salute to Soldiers at fest

    Oak Ridge’s Secret City Festival is introducing a new “Salute to Soldiers” program featuring World War II living history activities and demonstrations at AK Bissell Park on June 22.

    A day of living history activities and exhibits  include period camps opening at 9 a.m., with demonstrations from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

    Vehicles from motorcycles and Jeeps to halftracks and artillery will be on display. A tour of an American first-aid station will illustrate how lives were saved on the front lines.

  • Churches, Habitat clear lot for future home

    Roane County Habitat for Humanity partners with members of Bradbury United Methodist Church of Kingston and Luminary United Methodist Church of Ten Mile to clear a donated lot in Harriman that someday will hold a Habitat house for a family in need of a decent place to live.

    Dozens of old tires, a decaying fiberglass boat and hundreds of pounds of scrap metal were removed from the lot and either recycled or hauled to the landfill.

  • Rid your home of hazardous waste at special event

    Roane County households may dispose of possible hazardous wastes in a free and safe way during next month’s Household Hazardous Waste Day at the recycling center at 215 White Pine Road, Midtown.

    Household hazardous waste materials will be accepted from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 11. No business, agribusiness, school or church waste will be accepted.

    Household hazardous waste includes flammable, corrosive, reactive or toxic materials.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of April 24

    25 Years Ago
    Walnut Hill Elementary third-grader Sara Haun’s artwork was chosen for two billboards representing Roane Clean Community Systems. “A Beautiful Roane is a Real Pick-Me-Up!” declared the billboards in Harriman and Rockwood. Haun won the privilege of having her artwork so prominently displayed in a poster contest conducted by the anti-litter group.

    10 Years Ago

  • Last chance for ’13 rabies clinics

    The last of Roane County Health Department’s rabies vaccination clinics are planned for this weekend.

    “You are urged to have your dogs and cats vaccinated each year to comply with the Tennessee Rabies Law,” said Preston Woody, environmental health specialist at the Roane County Health Department.

    Vaccinations are $12 each.

    The clinics, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. April 27, will be  at:

    • Animal Medical Center at Ladd Landing, Kingston

  • Ayers, Tech Center given Rotary kudos

    Kingston Rotary Club President Ralph Best, left, presents Chris Ayers, assistant director of Tennessee Technology Center at Harriman, with the club’s Vocational Service Award.

    The award is annually presented to individuals who express the ideals of Rotary and who use vocational knowledge, skills and talents to serve the Roane County community and its people.

  • The Garden Gate: Tiny blueberries score big nutritionally

    Blueberries are wonderful fresh either with or without cream, and irresistible in muffins right out of the oven and pie

    These soft, dark blue, round berries are not only delicious; they also have tremendous medicinal values.

    Scientists in the Laboratory of Neuroscience at the Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University have discovered that blueberries have both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds that help neurons in the brain function more effectively.

  • Historian delves into ‘corn likker’ at Roane State moonshining talk

    Historian Dan Pierce will discuss his upcoming book “Corn from a Jar: Moonshining in the Great Smoky Mountains” on Wednesday, April 24, at Roane State Community College’s Oak Ridge campus at 701 Briarcliff Ave.
    Pierce’s lecture will be from 3:30-5 p.m. in the City Room. Presented by Roane State’s Arts and Lectures Committee, the event is free and open to the public.

  • The Garden Gate: Put celery on your shopping list for the health of it

    Celery is mentioned a number of times in the Talmud, the 39 books of Biblical commentary dating from the first century, as a remedy for infections and tumors and a cure for gout.

    We think of celery as an ingredient in soups, salads and snacks. We are amazed to find that it is mentioned repeatedly in the Bible as a remedy for some serious health problems. It has held an important place in medical uses since about 500 B.C., when it was part of the pharmacopeia of ancient Egypt.