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Community News

  • The Garden Gate: Abrams ensures we’ll always have trees

    The oldest living things on earth are trees.

    The famous Cedars of Lebanon are still just as the Bible describes them, but older still are Bristlecomb pines, which are native to the American Southwest, and have been dated back about 5,000 years.

    People have been fascinated for hundreds of years with bonsai, the tiny trees and miniature landscapes considered to be a living art. Bonsai, the smallest trees in the world, were developed in the Orient generations ago.

  • Santa rides the rails next month

    For the first two weekends of December, Santa Claus will leave his sleigh in the garage and climb aboard the Secret City Scenic Excursion Train.

    He will be aboard the excursion rides on Dec. 1-2 and Dec. 8-9 and is sure to delight children as he and Mrs. Claus make their way through the coaches passing out Christmas gift bags and posing for pictures.

    Southern Appalachia Railway Museum volunteers will have the train all decked out in true holiday style to add to the enjoyment of the trips and the season.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Nov. 21

    25 Years Ago
    According to hospital personnel at Chamberlain Memorial Hospital in Rockwood, the cost of having a baby had increased, but services had also improved. For a normal delivery and three-day hospital stay, new parents could expect to pay up to $1,560 or up to $2,400 for a Caesarean section. Some of the improvements include a cheery-looking hospital room with  televisions, sibling visiting hours, a relative allowed to assist in the delivery room, and a complimentary steak dinner for the parents before the mother’s discharge.

  • Spread a little ‘oom-pah’ at Merry TubaChristmas

    The Babahatchie Community Band will present Harriman’s 24th annual Merry TubaChristmas concert at 11:45 a.m. Dec. 1 in Harriman High School’s James M. Williamson Auditorium.

    Registration begins at 9:30 a.m., with rehearsal at 10.

    The tuba/euphonium choir under the direction of Sande MacMorran will perform carols and songs of Christmas.

    Tuba/sousaphone and euphonium/baritone players of all degrees of ability are welcome to participate in this event.

    Call Dr. Joseph Williams at 882-3446 for details.

  • South Harriman alumni honor vets

    The South Harriman Schools Alumni and Friends Organization continues its community involvement with the recent installation of a permanent flag pole complete with a new U.S. flag and a banner depicting the former county school’s “Pirate” logo with the declaration “The Spirit Lives On.”

    The Alumni paired the flags with a “Thanks Veterans” sign saluting all veterans for their service and sacrifice during the week around Veterans Day.

  • Fall-seeded crops deadline Dec. 15

    The USDA-Roane/Loudon Farm Service Agency reminds all producers that the acreage reporting date for fall-seeded crops has changed, beginning with the crop planted for 2013 harvest.

    The new acreage reporting date is Dec. 15.

    This applies to all fall seeded crops including winter wheat.

    Call the Roane/Loudon Farm Service Agency at 376-2392, Option 2, for an appointment to certify fall seeded-crops.

    The office is at 424 N. Kentucky St. Room 110, Kingston.

  • 'Round Rockwood: Nov. 19

    Visiting me from Chesapeake were Dr. Joe and Kathleen McKinney. Dr. McKinney received his veterinarian degree from Auburn University in Auburn, Ala. They plan to move into the house here on Lakemont Drive in the near future.

    The Red Hat Society had an enjoyable luncheon here at Victorian Square. Each resident received a beautiful bouquet of silk spring flowers.

    I had two very nice young ladies clean my room. Thanks to Joy Ward and Kathy Ward, who did a real nice job of cleaning.

  • Harriman Happenings: Nov. 19

    Annual World Day of Prayer was held Sunday, Nov. 11, at Mount Sinai Baptist Church in Clinton, where the Rev. William Caldwell Jr. is pastor.

    This was given by the women of the Knoxville District Baptist Association. Minister Ernest Scruggs presided over this service.

  • Coats for the Cold distributions Sunday

    Dennis Ferguson’s 18th annual Coats for the Cold distribution will begin at 1 p.m. Nov. 18.

    The free distribution of coats and jackets will take place in the garden center at Rockwood Walmart Supercenter.

    “I want to thank everyone who gave coats this year to help those less fortunate stay warm,” Ferguson said.

    Collections of outerwear were collected Nov. 5-12.

  • ‘Thankful Hearts’ program theme

    Harriman Music Club will meet at 3:30 p.m. Nov. 15 at the home of Wilda Taylor; co-hostesses are Linda Raby and Laura Walker.

    Peggy Sheppard will present the Hymn of the Month. Program Chairwoman Taylor will present “Songs for Thankful Hearts,” including a vocal solo by Laura Dailey and a Harriman High School Instrumental Ensemble directed by Jim Hix. Call 376-2961 for details.