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  • Roane State program aimed at teachers-to-be

    Anyone interested in becoming a teacher — whether you are a professional who wants to change careers or a new student who will start at Roane State Community College this fall — is invited to learn more about Roane State and Bethel University’s new 2+2 program in secondary education.

    A meeting for interested students will be held on Monday, July 9 from 5-7 p.m., and two meetings will be held on Tuesday, July 10 (9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.).

    Those interested in the program only need to attend one session.

  • Take steps to keep your AC bills down

    Sweltering hot days make it harder to keep your home cool, straining air conditioning systems and energy budgets.

    The Energy Education Council offers some simple tips to boost comfort and save on electric bills during the sultriest of days:

    Make sure your air conditioner filter is clean. Change or clean it monthly during the cooling season.

    Ensure air can move freely around the air conditioner unit coils. Remove leaves and plant overgrowth that could keep it from operating efficiently.

  • Lots of music genres on tap for Half-Moon Fest

    A showcase of regional talent is promised for this year’s Half-Moon Music Festival, a free Sunday afternoon concert in the scenic Blue Springs Cove of Watts Bar Lake in Ten Mile.

    “Pack up your camping chair or pull up your party barge,” encouraged Half-Moon organizer Wayne Tipps about this year’s event, from 1 to 5:30 p.m. July 8.

    The Half-Moon Music Festival is “our way of giving back to the area,” Tipps said.

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

    25 Years Ago
    Selected for the 1986 Edition of Outstanding Young Women of America were Karen Mayton and Melinda Cofer Salmons, both of Harriman; Gail Rosser and Maureen Anne Williams, both formerly of Kingston; and Kingston native Sherry L. Sitzler. The program is designed to honor and encourage young women between the ages of 21-36 who have distinguished themselves in many fields of endeavor, such as services to community, professional leadership, academic achievement, business advancement, cultural accomplishments, and civic and political participation.

  • The Garden Gate: Washington, Jefferson grew more than a country

    George Washington’s writings are a good source of information about colonial gardens.

    Whenever his services to his country or to his community permitted, Washington took great pleasure in developing the agricultural possibilities of his estate at Mount Vernon and in beautifying the grounds.

  • Library boasting new hours, Saturday children’s program

    Kingston Public Library will operate under new hours beginning July 1.

    The library’s new hours will be from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday and Saturday, said library director Steve Jacks.

    The library’s present hours are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

    “Also beginning July 1, the very popular Wednesday children’s program will be expanded to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.,” Jacks added.

  • Dry conditions, fires plague area

    Over the weekend, four additional wildfires burned across the region.

    Although they were not large in size (largest being 10 acres), it serves as an indicator as to how dry the region is.

    Two fires occurred in Monroe County; both of these were suspected cigarettes.

    A 10-acre fire continues to burn in Morgan County off Tunnel Hill Road. One 2-acre arson fire is out in Scott County.
    In addition, a structure fire in Knox County set a nearby forest on fire, and state forestry crews are working to contain this part of the blaze.  

  • Princess seat sponsorship offered

    The Princess Theatre¹s seat sponsorship program gives people an opportunity to support the theatre’s events, its programs and role as a center for arts education.

    Sponsorships range from $100 to $1,000. A permanent plaque will be placed on each seat a person sponsors. The plaque can include two lines of text (25 characters per line) of the sponsor¹s choice.

  • The Garden Gate: Tea for two? Or the world?

    The name “tea” comes from the Dutch rendering of the Chinese name for this plant. In the 18th century, when tea was newly introduced into England and was all the rage, the tea plant and the gathering of tea leaves was often depicted on tea caddies gracing every lady’s tea table.

    Tea has a venerable history — and a quite romantic one. It is an evergreen shrub, thasinensis, a native of China and India. It has also been grown in Ceylon, Nepal, Japan, Java and Africa for many centuries.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of June 20

    25 Years Ago
    Oliver Springs Town Council adopted an ordinance permitting beer sales on Sunday within the city limits, except between 3 a.m. and noon. This came about due to annexation of a property which included a business that had an Anderson County beer license. This action allowed all businesses to be treated fairly.

    10 Years Ago