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  • The Garden Gate: Ashes are holy, and tasty, too

    Mardi Gras is a day of carnival, parades and competitions. Superiority and imagination are displayed in costumes, floats, bands and general magnificence. There are flowers, confetti, feasting and general hysteria of every kind.

    Then comes Ash Wednesday, where reality overcomes the imagination and everything comes to a pause for solemn reflection.

    Ash Wednesday is observed in countless churches worldwide as the beginning of Lent, a 40-day period of abstinence and thoughtful study which precedes the joyousness of Easter.

  • Valentine’s Day specials at state parks

    With nature serving as the perfect, romantic setting, Tennessee State Parks are offering Valentine’s Day packages for those looking for a great deal.  

    All eight state park restaurants will be open Thursday, Feb. 14, most serving a special Valentine’s Day meal.  

    Special overnight packages also are available at Tennessee State Parks’ six inns.

    A romantic dinner package for two is priced from $31.90 to $44.95, depending on the location.

  • Prepare for quake with ShakeOut

    Tennesseans are among the more than 2.5 million people expected to participate in the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Great Central U.S. ShakeOut earthquake drill.

    The ShakeOut will be at 10:15 a.m. Feb. 7.

    It is a multi-state earthquake drill for millions of people to simultaneously practice the recommended response to earthquake shaking:

    • Drop to the ground;

    • Take cover by getting under a sturdy desk or table; and

  • Things to Do: Feb. 8-22, 2013

    Editor’s note: The deadline for including items in Calendar is at least one week before the event. Items appear as a public service as space is available. Unless otherwise noted, all events and activities are open to the public.
    FRIDAY, FEB. 8
    • A public country music show and dance featuring The Riverfront Band will be from 7 to 10 p.m. in the Harriman American Legion. Smoking and alcohol are prohibited.

    SATURDAY, FEB. 9

  • Clubs, Agencies and Support Groups: Feb. 6-14

    MID-EAST COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY SENIOR PROGRAMS
    FEB. 6-12

    WEDNESDAY — Exercise at 9 a.m. in Kellytown Baptist Church recreation center, Oliver Springs.
    • Pinochle at noon in Kingston Community Center.
    THURSDAY — Exercise at 9:30 a.m. in Kingston Community Center.
    • Quilting at 9 a.m. in Kingston Community Center.
    • Canasta at 1 p.m. in Kingston Community Center.

  • MILITARY MATTERS: Anthony W. Bunch

    U.S. Army Spec. Anthony W. Bunch has returned to the U.S. after being deployed overseas at a forward operating base to serve in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

    He is the son of Irving Bunch and Karen Lawson, both of Oliver Springs.

    The Army specialist is a 2007 graduate of Oliver Springs High School.

    Operation Enduring Freedom is the official name given to anti-terrorism military operations involving U.S. troops and allied coalition partners.

  • MILITARY MATTERS: Kelli D. Holmes

    U.S. Air Force Airman Kelli D. Holmes graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio.

    Daughter of Martha Webster of Oliver Springs, she is a 2009 graduate of Mount Pisgah Christian Academy, Oliver Springs.

    Holmes earned distinction as an honor graduate.

    The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

  • Spaghetti lunch to help OS museum

    Proceeds from the Oliver Springs Historical Society’s fundraising spaghetti lunch this weekend will go toward restoration of the Abston Building.

    The lunch, from 11:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 10, will be in the Oliver Springs DAV building, one block west of Oliver Springs High School.

    Lunch is $8 for adults and $3 for ages 5 and younger and includes spaghetti, salad, bread, dessert and tea, water or coffee.

    “To-go” lunches will be available during the event.

  • Billboard marks South Harriman milestone

    A new billboard along Roane Street in South Harriman has been erected to help graduates of the former school celebrate a half-century milestone.

    Arranged and provided by the South Harriman Schools Alumni and Friends Organization, the billboard in predominantly South Harriman High School orange notes that 2013 marks 50 years since the last class graduated from South Harriman High School in May 1963.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Feb. 6

    25 Years Ago
    Rockwood fire officials were unsure what caused a blaze that destroyed a downtown landmark. The Mourfield Hotel was built in 1897 and neighbored Rockwood First Christian Church on West Rockwood Street. A first-floor resident, Freeman Denney, 79, told authorities he found his apartment on fire after going upstairs to see if frozen pipes had thawed.

    10 Years Ago