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  • Roane Choral recipient of state arts grant

    Roane Choral Society has been awarded a $4,100 grant by the Tennessee Arts Commission.

    The $4,100 grant is made possible through an appropriation of state funds by the General Assembly, federal dollars from the National Endowment for the Arts, and by Tennesseans who buy specialty license plates.

    “This is a very fine performing arts group,” said state Sen. Ken Yager, R-Harriman.

    “I am very pleased this grant has been awarded for this purpose.”

  • Kingston gets kudos for progress

    Big projects in small towns are often a sign dedication and teamwork are at play — and the city of Kingston has been cited as a shining example.

    As good stewards of grant funding, the city is advancing toward economically sound development in the areas of energy, the environment, water source delivery, recreation and services, ensuring citizens reap the savings and benefits for years to come.

    The city’s drive to move ahead has earned it the Tennessee Municipal League’s Small City Progress Award.

  • The Garden Gate: Thyme is on our side, and has been for ages

    Thyme is one of the most popular herbs used in food preparation and medicine. It is interesting to note that it has been thus for many thousands of years.

    Thyme is native to most of Europe. It grows wild from Spain to Siberia, especially in the Alpine regions. It came to this country with our earliest settlers and now grows wild in many states. It is the most prolific herb to be found growing wild in the northern regions of the Catskill Mountains.

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  • Register now to attend emergency management forum

    Online registration is open to the public for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Office and the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency’s 10th Oak Ridge Emergency Management Forum set for Sept. 26 at the New Hope Center.
    This year’s forum theme, “Back to Basics: Partnerships in Emergency Management,” will feature general session speaker Richard Serino, deputy administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency who will speak on current innovations in emergency management partnerships.

  • Backstrom takes pride in success of PT program

    Kurt Backstrom could name hundreds of times his Roane State Community College students made him proud during his long career as director of the college’s physical therapist assistant program.
    One of his favorite moments happened this spring, Backstrom’s last as program director.
    For an honors project, two students developed detailed plans for the program’s future, and they presented their ideas to college faculty and staff.
    When Backstrom heard their presentation, he knew he had another proud moment to add to his list.

  • Keahey, Gray certified in crisis intervention

    Rockwood Police Department officers Randy Keahey and Dwayne Gray recently completed crisis intervention training and are now certified as CIT officers.
    The Rockwood officers were among the fifth class for CIT East Tennessee, which offers training in conjunction with the Oak Ridge Police Department and Ridgeview Behavioral Health Center, a not-for-profit community mental health center with offices in Harriman.

  • Harriman Happenings: July 15

    The Rev. Alvin Douglass was the guest speaker for the senior saints at Little Leaf Baptist Church in Oliver Springs.
    Twelve members were present, and all enjoyed his message. Afterward, they enjoyed a light lunch. This is where Elder Dews is pastor.
    Get-well wishes to Helen Roddy, who recently had eye surgery.
    Permelia Anderson spent two weeks in Stone Mountain, Ga., visiting her daughter, Pam Wright and her granddaughter, Stephanie Wright.

  • McMaster among finalists in YWCA’s Tribute to Women

    M. Jill McMaster of Roane County is among the outstanding East Tennessee women to be honored during next month’s prestigious 2013 YWCA Tribute to Women event.
    This YWCA event, in its 29th year, is East Tennessee’s foremost acknowledgment and appreciation of the contributions of area women.
    The award ceremony will be on Aug. 15 at the U.S. Cellular Stage at the Historic Bijou Theatre.

  • Look Back: Something From Our Files From the Week of July 10

    25 Years Ago
    Fourteen First American Bank employees at branches in Rockwood, Harriman, Kingston and Spring City received permanent layoff notices due to what a Knoxville bank official called duplication of services after the acquisition of Roane County’s First National Bank. “We can’t afford to do that,” said Robert A. McCabe Jr., First American Bank president. McCabe said officials tried to pick employees with the least seniority and whose job skills were not needed due to refinement in operations.