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  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of June 13

    25 Years Ago
    Ron Coleman became Roane County’s first black elected official when he won his bid for one of three seats on Harriman City Council. Coleman, the top vote-getter in the council race, was named the city’s vice mayor. He said he believes his successful bid for public office was a step in the right direction — that people are trying to change things and start working together and judging people more on their personality than whether they are black or white.

    10 Years Ago

  • The Garden Gate: Make sure your yuccas aren’t yucky

    We marked the time of Pentecost on May 27.

    Pentecost is considered by many people to be the birthday of the Christian church. In reality, it is even earlier than Christianity itself.

    It was one of the great pilgrimage feasts of ancient Israel. It is often referred to in Scripture as the Feast of Weeks, which occurs seven weeks, a week of weeks after the Passover.

    In its earliest form, it was a harvest festival celebrating God’s goodness made manifest.

  • Fire department needs your help

    As the sign outside West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department’s station 1 indicates, the department is seeking volunteers to help in its mission to provide fire and emergency services to those in the West Roane County region.

    Those wishing to help may stop by the station on Pumphouse Road in Rockwood and talk with Fire Chief Charlie Redwine about the department’s needs.

    The station may also be contacted by phone at 354-8201.

  • Free specialty tag supports music education

    The Memphis Rock’n’Soul Museum has a special offer for Tennessee residents that costs nothing but will provide an  annual revenue stream toward music education.

    The museum has been working diligently to reach a goal of 1,000 pre-sold “music-themed” specialty Tennessee license plates, with annual revenue from these plates going to music education in Tennessee.

  • Cuban Missile Crisis exhibit open in Oak Ridge museum

    For 14 days in October 1962, the Cuban Missile Crisis was the closest the world came to a thermonuclear war.

    This historic event is detailed in a photographic timeline, Fallout Shelter and the Cold War Home dioramas with artifacts included in the “Cuban Missile Crisis: When the Cold War Got Hot” exhibition open through Sept. 3 at the American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge.

  • 'Round Rockwood: June 4

    A group of our staff and residents and a volunteer, Roberta Cagle, enjoyed a trip to Rugby, where we ate a wonderful dinner at Harrow Road Cafe.

    We were entertained by a man who played the French harp and sitar at the same time.

    He also led the group in singing old country ballads. One was “When You and I Were Young, Maggie” and “She’ll Be Coming ’Round the Mountain When She Comes.”

  • Harriman Happenings: June 4

    Congratulations to Jalen Anderson, who graduated from Brookwood High School in Atlanta on May 25.

    Jalen graduated with honors. He is the son of Dan Keith Anderson.

    Christina Anderson graduated from Alabama School for the Deaf in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on May 30. We congratulate you, Christina, and hope you will continue to further your education.

    Christina is the daughter of Dan K. Anderson. She and Jalen are sister and brother. They are the grandchildren of Curtis Anderson and Barbara Johnson.

    We all love both of you.

  • Weeklong Rockwood schools reunion gets under way June 4

    The ninth annual reunion for everyone who attended Rockwood schools will be June 4-10 at the Rockwood First Baptist Church lake property on Eagle Furnace Road.

    Activities are planned for every day of the week, with the big event culminating on June 9.

    Reservations are required and may be made by sending $20 per person to Rockwood Classmates, P.O. Box 12, Rockwood, TN 37854. In order to have adequate food prepared, registration is requested as soon as possible.

    The week’s activities starting on June 4 are:

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of May 30

    25 Years Ago
    Roane County Park opened its newly renovated swimming area, making it an enjoyable and comfortable atmosphere. Donated white plastic pipe enclosed the swimming area, one of the platforms received a new top, and the buildings were all painted, including the bathrooms. A stream runs right through the swimming area, so it acts as a natural purifier.

    10 Years Ago

  • The Garden Gate: Tulips inspired paintings, fests and a Tiny Tim ditty in the ’60s

    “Come tiptoe through the tulips with me,” was the refrain of a popular song from a number of years ago.

    It comes to mind now because  spring is when tulips are in bloom. Their beautiful colors of red, gold, white and variegated shades adorn gardens and parks.