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  • Imagination Library recipient of literacy grant

    Roane Imagination Library is the recipient of “A Tribute to Literacy” grant from Altrusa International of Oak Ridge and the Oak Ridge Breakfast Rotary Club.  

    Roane Imagination Library will use the grant to send free books to more than 1,800 Roane County children ages newborn to 5 years old.

    Organizations throughout Roane and Anderson counties with programs, projects or activities fostering literacy in the area were invited to apply for the grant.  

  • Truman grandson to speak in OR

    Journalist Clifton Truman Daniel, President Harry S Truman’s oldest grandson, will be in Oak Ridge for a special Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association speaking engagement on March 28.

    The event begins at 7 p.m. in the Y-12 New Hope Visitors Center at 602 Scarboro Road. It is open to the public.

    Tickets are  $20 each and may be purchased at either the association’s website at www.orhpa.tix.com or the Ferrell Shop in Jackson Square, Oak Ridge.

  • Tornado app sends safety info to your phone

    The American Red Cross has launched its official tornado app, putting lifesaving information right in the hands of people who live in, visit or have loved ones in tornado-prone areas.

    The free app — available in English or Spanish — gives Apple and Android smart phone and tablet users instant access to local and real-time information, so they know what to do before, during and after a tornado.

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

    25 Years Ago
    Tennessee’s participation in the first-ever Super Tuesday presidential primary brought out a number of voters. But it wasn’t only because the Volunteer State’s favorite son, Al Gore, was on the ticket. County voters handily voted down proposals to add a penny to the sales tax rate and a $10 wheel tax. The taxes were aimed at offsetting the use of Department of Energy funds for the school system. And speaking of schools, Harriman voters decided for the third time in three decades to hold on to the city system a little longer.

  • Harriman Happenings: March 4

    A fond birthday wish to my niece, Chenetta Jefferson, who celebrated her day Feb. 27.

    Net, as we call her, said she is blessed that God has let her live to celebrate 61 years of life.

    She is married to the Rev. Danny and the mother of two children, grandmother of three and she thanks God for His blessings.

    Happy birthday to Rosa Ann Brown, who celebrated her 91st birthday Feb. 14.

  • Daniel to speak to OS Historical Society

    Julia H. Daniel will be the guest speaker during the Oliver Springs Historical Society monthly meeting on March 4.

    The meeting starts at 6 p.m. in the Oliver Springs Historial Depot at 610 Walker Ave.

    Daniel will discuss The Mayme Carmichael School Organization Inc., a nonprofit group.

    She will also speak briefly on Carmichael Park and the Oliver Springs Colored School.  

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files for the Week of Feb. 27

    25 Years Ago

  • The Garden Gate: Romany people appreciate spring

    The Romany people — usually referred to as gypsies — are descendants of an ancient  warrior class of northern India.

    They traveled west around the year 1000 A.D. Migrating through Persia and Armenia, their travels took them into Europe and, much later, the Americas.

    Today, the Roma people are scattered all over the world. Their lifestyle is largely nomadic and greatly influenced by the effect this has had on their culinary ways.

  • RiverSharks home from Hog’s Breath gig

    RiverSharks members — Mike Shannon, lead vocals and guitar; Roger Deal, lead guitar; Kenny Deal, vocals and keyboards; Greg Campbell, vocals and bass guitar; and Dale Barnard, drums — recently returned from their second weeklong engagement at the world-famous Hog’s Breath Saloon in Key West, Fla.

    The RiverSharks is a country-rock band based in Roane County.

    Shannon, the band’s founder, said the best part of the engagement was “all our fans from Tennessee who traveled to Key West to hear us play."

  • February 25 Harriman Happenings

    On Feb. 9-10, Carolyn Clemmons along with her son Mel and wife Stephanie spent the weekend in Gatlinburg.

    Carolyn’s grandson, Mel Lee Clemmons, was nominated to East Tennessee All State Band. He attends West High School in Knoxville and is a sophomore. He plays the trombone.

    The concert was great, and there were about 100 students in the band. Others who attended were Mel Lee’s mother Yana and Sean Powell, sisters Kayla and Seine and grandmother Shanda.

    We are very proud of Mel Lee’s accomplishments. Chase and Caden came to see their big brother play, too.