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  • Prowl for owls on the Obed

    Obed Wild and Scenic River will have a spring Owl Prowl beginning at 8 p.m. May 31 at the Lilly Overlook parking lot.

    Those attending will hear about the habits and mannerisms of the Eastern screech owl and the barred owl, two of the most common owls in Eastern Tennessee.

    They will also be taught how to distinguish between the two owls’ different and unique calls.

    Participants will hike to the overlook with park staff as they call out to owls with recorded owl sounds.

  • Memorial Day observances set in Kingston, Rockwood

    Those who made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom will be remembered on May 27 with a Memorial Day ceremony in Kingston’s Bethel Cemetery.

    Later in the day, Rockwood 2000 will have a similar commemoration and veterans paver dedication at Homecoming Park.

    The Bethel Cemetery cermeony will be conducted by Kingston American Legion Post 110.

    A call to order by Cmdr. Randy Heidle will be followed by the presentation of colors by Cub Scout Pack 101 and Buddy Miles’ placing of the wreath.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files for the Week of May 22

    25 Years Ago
    Cuyler Dunbar, founding president of Roane State Community College, announced through tears that he was leaving the college after 18 years to accept the presidency of Catawba Community College in Hickory, N.C. “There’s never a good time to leave,” he said. “We will remain forever connected [to the school] in heart and spirit.” At the time of his appointment at Roane State, Dunbar was the youngest college president in Tennessee.

    10 Years Ago

  • Harriman Lions serving up pancakes

    Members of the Harriman Lions Club are finalizing plans for the club’s annual “World’s Greatest Pancake Breakfast” from 7 to 11 a.m. May 25.

    “Mary Long, owner of Harriman Steak and Diner has graciously offered the use of her restaurant and her employees again this year to help the Harriman Lions in this project,” said Harriman Lions Club member John Richards.

    Pancakes, bacon, sausage, coffee, milk and orange juice will be available for $5 for adults, $2.50 for children younger than 11.

  • Alexander Inn estate sale proceeds to aid in East Tenn. preservation work

    Work to protect East Tennessee places and buildings with historic significance will be helped with the proceeds of an estate “tag” sale this weekend at Oak Ridge’s Alexander Inn.

    The sale, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 25, will give the public a one-time opportunity to walk through a portion of the historic inn at 210 E. Madison Road before renovations begin and purchase furnishings from the 1940s-80s.

  • Beasley property certified site for Wildlife Habitat

    National Wildlife Federation has designated the Rockwood property of Caleb Beasley as an official Certified Wildlife Habitat site.

    The property attracts a variety of birds, butterflies and other local animals by providing a wildlife-friendly landscape.

    NWF began the Certified Wildlife Habitat program in 1973, and has since certified almost 150,000 habitats nationwide.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of May 15

    25 Years Ago

  • Artists sought for Day in the Park

    The Arts Council of Roane County is issuing a call for artists to participate in its Day in the Park with Artists celebration.

    The event will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 29 at Roane County Park pavilion 2 and surrounding areas.

    “We currently don’t have any festivals dedicated to promoting the art and artists of Roane Coun-

  • Mr. & Mrs. Scarborough

    Elizabeth Ann Steele and Joseph Carter Scarborough were married May 11 at the North Carolina Arboretum, Asheville, N.C.

    The Rev. Rick Baumgarner and the Rev. Kate Fiedler Boswell officiated during the 5 p.m. ceremony.

    The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Doyle Edward Steele Jr. of Easley, S.C. Her grandparents are Jane Young of Monroe, N.C., and the late George Young Jr., and the late Mr. and Mrs. Doyle E. Steele Sr. of Easley.

  • Annual senior picnic scheduled for Friday

    Mid-East Community Action Agency welcomes all area seniors to attend the annual Roane County senior citizen picnic.

    The picnic will be from 9:30 am. to 1 p.m. May 17 in the pavilion at Kingston City Park.

    Area seniors can look forward to a day filled with food, entertainment, bingo, door prizes, vendors and a cake walk.

    Lunch will be catered.

    Contact Mid-East’s senior services at 354-0450, Ext. 228, to register or for additional information.