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  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Nov. 14

    25 Years Ago
    The Harriman Police Board decided to purchase weapons for officers on a payback system. Under the program, the city would purchase weapons for officers and the officers would repay the city through payroll deductions. The weapons purchased were for line-of-duty use only and not for resale.

    10 Years Ago

  • Poetry reading slated Nov. 17

    Roane Writers Group will have an open poetry reading from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Nov. 17 in Creative Arts Co-op at 426 Ruritan Road, Harriman.

    John C. Mannone, an award-winning poet and poetry editor, will host the event. The sharing of family-friendly poetry is encouraged; original works and/or favorite poems may be read.

    Admission is free; donations will be accepted.
     

  • 'Round Rockwood: Nov. 12

    Mickey Smith and Margaret Baker made me the most beautiful quilt for my 91st birthday.

    Each square had a small block in the center that represented me growing up on our farm.

    One square had two people, a man and woman that represented Gene and me. One square had a little girl representing Nina, our daughter. Another square had three little boys representing our three sons.

  • German WWII vet to speak at RSCC

    A German veteran of World War II will speak on Nov. 15 at Roane State Community College’s Oak Ridge campus and at the main campus in Roane County.

    Gerhard Hennes will speak in the City Room at the Oak Ridge campus at 12:30 p.m.

    He will lecture at 4:30 p.m. at the Roane County campus in room O-202 in the O’Brien Humanities Building.

    Each event is free and open to the public.

    The lectures are presented by the Roane State-Bethel University 2+2 education program.

  • Harriman Happenings: Nov. 12

    Believers Voice of Deliverance Church’s Annual choir anniversary was a huge success last Sunday.

    Evangelist Willie Mae Springs was worship leader. There were four choirs who provided music for the service. The Rev. Jerome Kilgo sang two selections. Choir members looked beautiful in their red and black. The service was well attended.

    May you continue to lift up your voices in praise to God. This is where Rev. James Springs is pastor.

    There will be a three-day revival at St. Mary’s Baptist Church from Nov. 12-14.

  • FCE hosts holiday ideas fair

    Members of all eight of Roane County’s Family and Community Education clubs hosted a Christmas Ideas Fair last week at Kingston.

    Proceeds from the fair, which has been an annual event since the 1950s, go toward a scholarship awarded each spring to a deserving high school senior from Roane County.

    It’s the only fundraiser of the year for the FCE groups.

    Everything is donated by the members, so 100 percent of the sale of items goes into the scholarship fund.

  • The Garden Gate: Indian legends abound about popular veggies

    There are some interesting legends among various Indian tribes concerning the origins of some of our most popular vegetables.

    One widely held superstitious belief insists that a naked squaw strolling through her garden on a moonlit night dragging her garment behind her would ensure a good crop and would prevent cutworms from destroying the planted vegetables, especially corn.

    Indian corn, or maize, was the most important food staple of the early settlements of America.

  • Make train ride part of tradition at Thanksgiving

    Southern Appalachia Railway Museum has the answer for what to do after celebrating the traditional Thanksgiving holiday: Celebrate the tradition of 1940's era rail travel.

    The museum will roll out its vintage Secret City Scenic Excursion train on Nov. 23-24 for one-hour rides through the former Manhattan Project K-25 Site and picturesque Poplar Creek Valley.

  • Roane County Park recipient of $50,000 state grant

    Roane County Park is the recipient of a $50,000 state grant to remove and replace existing playground equipment with ADA-compliant equipment.

    “Our parks are a very important part of our communities,” said state Sen. Ken Yager, R-Harriman. “This grant will update our equipment and help ensure that all children
    have access to the playground.”

    Roane County Park was among 50 recipients across the state that received part of $6.9 million in Local Parks and Recreation Fund grants.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Nov. 7

    25 Years Ago
    Veterans organizations joined together at the courthouse for a wreath-laying ceremony at the monument to Roane County’s war dead. The brief ceremony ended with a salute and the playing of taps.

    10 Years Ago
    After months of compelling and sometimes volatile debates, 57 percent of Roane Countians voted yes on a ballot referendum which would clear the way for a state lottery. Most other counties followed suit, thus lifting the constitutional ban on a lottery.