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Community News

  • The Garden Gate: Flower fashion once a trend

    The idea of incorporating the use of light into garden planning is not as new as you might think. It is merely the updating of an ancient idea.

    Many centuries ago, the Chinese placed sculptured stone lanterns in their gardens. The Japanese hung painted paper ones in the trees in their gardens to add glamour and mystery to the shadows.

    In Europe, flaming torches were used to light the gardens and courtyards of medieval castles and manor houses, as well as the interiors of many buildings.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Sept. 12

    25 Years Ago
    Adopt-A-School, an incentive program for academic achievement, enjoyed a high rate of success in Roane County. The program was a partnership between an organization or business and a selected school, program or class; a sharing of time, talent and expertise. The ways in which the adopter can help are limited only by the imagination of both parties.

    10 Years Ago

  • Harriman Happenings: Sept. 10

    Ceola Lawrence spent two weeks in Texas with her son, Shannon, his wife and daughter. They took her to Johnson Space Center. They went bowling, to the movies and attended church on Sunday. Ceola said she really had a great time.

    Shannon's son, Shannon Jr., who lives in Cookeville, drove out to Texas to visit with them. The name of the church they attended was Wheeler Baptist Church. The Rev. Colry is pastor there. The church is so large they have to have four services.

  • 'Round Rockwood: Sept. 10

    Mr. and Mrs. Matt Dukes welcomed a new daughter, Ava Claire Dukes, 6 pounds, 10 ounces on Aug. 27. She is my great-granddaughter.

    Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Ellison went to Morehead, Ky., where they visited their son, Matt and Katie Ellison over the weekend.

    Mr. and Mrs. Jeff McKinney and Nathan, Abbie and Ben, visited his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Steven Mc-Kinney over the week. They enjoyed boating and fishing on Watts Bar Lake.

    I enjoyed visiting with Elinor Crabtree this week. We enjoyed discussing family and friends.

  • Commodity foods to be distributed

    Mid-East Community Action Agency will have its quarterly distribution of USDA commodity foods this month.

    The schedule is:

    • Kingston Community Center, from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 19.

    • Mount Pisgah Baptist Church, Oliver Springs, from 2 to 3 p.m. Sept. 19.

    • Harriman Community Center, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 20.

    • Rockwood National Guard Armory, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 21.

  • Midway alum mark 50 years since graduation

    Members of the Midway High School class of 1962 who recently gathered for the class’ 50-year reunion are, front row from left, Linda Brewer Neal, Malcolm Myers, Norma Moore Craig, Reva Kyle Clark, Margaret Woods Evans, Janice Hodges Moore, Ann Deatherage Au, Allen Jett, Lynn Roach Raby, Eula Sitzler Kile, Elbert R. “Bug” Gamble, Polly Fain Murphy; and back row, Alvin Kasior, Lynda Townsend Huffman, Carol Shaw Bullard, Carolyn Howard Turbyfill and James “Junior” Nunley.

    The group met in Paint Rock Church fellowship hall and had a potluck lunch.

  • Moonlight for Sight run to help Lions

    Kingston Lions Club will have its annual Moonlight for Sight 5k run on Oct. 6.

    The route begins at Fort Southwest Point, proceeds along the waterfront to Kingston City Park’s Gravel Pit and back.

    The event will begin at 9 p.m.

    Walkers are also encouraged to participate, with their route on the sidewalk along the waterfront.

    Moonlight for Sight is one of two principal fundraising events to help Kingston Lions Club carry out their service to the community.

  • SNAP distribution changing in October

    Effective Oct. 1, the day on which Tennessee Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program participants receive benefits may change, depending on the last two digits of their Social Security number.

    The Tennessee Grocers and Convenience Store Association has requested that SNAP benefits issuance dates be extended to help accommodate demand on grocers and provide all Tennesseans more access to a complete selection of food items.

  • United Way of Roane County wants to know what you think

    United Way of Roane County is a not-for-profit organization working with partner agencies and organizations to meet the human service needs of Roane County.  

    To ensure resources are used effectively, the organization is asking the citizens of Roane County to complete a short survey and give your opinion regarding services in the areas of education, health and financial stability.

    One survey per Roane County family is requested, and responses will be anonymous.  

  • The Garden Gate: Colorful cabbage more than a ho-hum veggie

    It is hard to really know how far back in time people have been eating cabbage. Now we eat cabbage in soups, stews, salads and casseroles without realizing our kinship to all the people in all the countries and all the eras in history who have done the very same thing.

    Cabbage is mentioned in many places in the Bible with full descriptions of gardens and crops, and even some methods of cooking and preserving this versatile vegetable.