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  • Panelists to discuss restoration success of Princess Theatre

    In September 1926, the Princess Theatre opened its doors in downtown Harriman.

    Eighty-seven years later, the former movie house has been fully restored and is the centerpiece of the Princess Performing Arts, Education and Conference Center.

    The East Tennessee Preservation Alliance and Roane State Community College will host an open house, recital and panel discussion about the restoration project from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 12.

    The free event will take place in the Princess Theatre Complex at 421 Roane St.

  • Harriman Happenings: April 8

    Last Sunday, Carolyn Griffin, Jill Johnson, Julia Harris, Alicia Harris and I joined the Rev. Tony Cannon and his church family at River View Baptist Church in Lenoir City to see an Easter play.

    This play was based on the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Children, adults and three men from New Covenant Baptist Church in Knoxville took part in this play. Music was provided by the choir. This was a great play, and all enjoyed it.

    The FCE Club met Wednesday in the Community Center in Kingston with 14 members present.

  • Tunes, ads from the old days on tap for Roane Choral concert

    Roane Choral Society invites the public to its studio audience at the “WRCS radio station” for favorite music and commercials of the good old days.

    Venue choices in Spring City and Kingston are offered for performances of “Turn Your Radio On.”

    Spring City activities will be in Tennessee Valley Theatre at 184 W. Jackson Ave. on April 20.

    A barbecue dinner will be available for $7 beginning at 5 p.m. The after-dinner concert starts at 7; admission is $10 per person.

  • The Garden Gate: Looking for a sweet hobby? Sugaring may be for you

    Particular things come to mind as we look forward to spring and warmer days to come. One early spring idea for those of us with sugar maples in our gardens is tree tapping.

    “Sugaring” is truly an American enterprise.

    Most of us are familiar with the 19th century Currier and Ives lithographs, with their sentimental depictions of rural New England life.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of April 3

    25 Years Ago
    More on the fast-food front: A new Taco Bell — the first for Roane County — was scheduled to open soon on Harriman’s Hwy. 27. A joint venture between Bill Seiber and Mack Wolcott, the restaurant was projected to employ 35-40 people. Wolcott was in Taco Bell management training in Knoxville and Atlanta in anticipation of managing the restaurant, due to open in July in a new, modern-style building designed specifically for the company. Only Farragut and Morristown restaurants had the modern design at that time.

  • New CASA volunteers take oaths of office

    Roane County General Sessions Court Judge Jeff Wicks, far left, administers the oath of office to new Court-Appointed Special Advocates volunteers, from second left, Kyle Little, Jasmine Askins and Andrea Beatty.

    CASA volunteers are appointed by the juvenile courts to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children.

    More volunteers are needed.

    Call 717-4186 or visit www.casaninth.org for details.

  • Ladd among Dogwood debs

    Lauren Elizabeth Ladd of Kingston is among the 44 young women from throughout East Tennessee who will be presented during the Dogwood Ball.

    The 51st annual ball of the East Tennessee Presentation Society will be on April 20 in Knoxville Coliseum.

    Ladd, a graduate of Roane County High School, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Zane Ladd of Kingston.

    She attends the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

  • Take in spring’s beauty on the rails

    Roane County’s Southern Appalachia Railway Museum will have narrated one-hour spring colors trips and a Murder Mystery dinner train this month.

    The spring colors trips will depart at 11 a.m., 1  and 3 p.m. on April 6 and 20. Tickets are $19 for adults, $15 for ages 3-12.  

    Reservations are suggested and can be made by calling the museum at 865-241-2140.

    During the rides, a short narrative will describe the historic Manhattan Project and the historical significance of the railroad serving it.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of March 27

    25 Years Ago

  • Easter Egg Hunts