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Community News

  • The Garden Gate: Palms continue to hold great symbolism

    Many are the legends about palm trees.

    One says that Jesus commanded a palm tree to bend down so He could pick dates for his mother, and He promised to bless it. When He entered Jerusalem in triumph, it was a palm branch in His hand as the people cried, “Hosannah.”

    As we come to the observance of Palm Sunday with its jubilant atmosphere of “Hosannah and welcome,” it is interesting to note that the waving of palm branches in processions is a custom of great antiquity and significance.

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

    25 Years Ago

  • Finding might give us more reason to smile

    Microbes from the human mouth are telling Oak Ridge National Laboratory scientists something about periodontitis and more after they cracked the genetic code of bacteria linked to the condition.

  • TVA tackles fish study

    Fishing enthusiasts interested in the health of sport fish in TVA’s reservoirs along the Tennessee River are invited to observe the annual surveys this spring.

    The surveys, which have been conducted yearly since 1995, collect data on sport fish species such as black bass and crappie.

    This year’s surveys began March 12 at Wilson Reservoir, near Muscle Shoals, Ala., and will continue through May 9 at Douglas Reservoir east of Knoxville, sampling nine TVA reservoirs.

  • Juniors from county’s five high schools converge for career fair

    At the Roane County Chamber of Commerce’s Fifth Annual High Schools Career Day on April 5, around 475 juniors will have to opportunity to learn about careers they may never have considered and what it takes to prepare for them.

    With a little more than a year from graduating from high school, these students are thinking about their futures and their careers.

    About 50 businesses plan to participate in the Career Day at Roane State Community College’s gymnasium.

  • Easter Egg Hunts
  • Pair of blood drives March 25 in Harriman

    Medic Regional Blood Center has a need for all blood types, particularly O-negative.

    Roane Countians can help out during a couple of blood drives on March 25.

    A Tennessee Technology Center at Harriman blood drive will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the school’s lower-building conference room.

    A Medic mobile unit will be at Harriman Food City from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  • Commodity foods to be distributed in March

    Mid-East Community Action Agency will have its quarterly distribution of USDA commodity foods this month.

    The schedule is:

    • Rockwood First Baptist Church, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 22.

    • Kingston Community Center, from 10 a.m. to noon March 27.

    • Blair Fire Hall, Oliver Springs, from 2 to 3 p.m. March 27.

    • Harriman Community Center, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 28.

    Commodity food recipients should be certified.

  • DAR honors Marsh’s devotion to cemetery

    Noel F. “Buddy” Marsh Jr., front at far right, is honored by the Avery Trace Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, with the Historic Preservation Recognition Award for his more-than-44-year dedication to the preservation, care and maintenance of Kendrick Cemetery in Rockwood.

  • Account set up to help Fowlkes

    It’s an emotional and financial roller coaster when a loved one is severly ill.

    That’s what Nancy Weatherly Fowlkes, a 1991 Roane County High School graduate and a former Roane County resident, and her family are now enduring.

    Fowlkes’ friend, Marcia Childs, said Fowlkes is in need of a liver transplant and is hospitalized in Memphis after becoming extremely ill late last year.