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  • Friendly flitterer

    Todd Young of Kingston holds still while his 11-year-old daughter, Holly, feeds a baby hummingbird resting on his shoulder.

    Younger daughter Mindy, 7, watches from afar.

    Photographer, wife and mom Amy calls the opportunity “a once-in-a-lifetime picture! God blessed us with an opportunity to help this baby hummingbird and it came back for a few feedings, even after it started flying,” she said.

  • The Garden Gate: Ginseng again prominent in medical world

    Ginseng is one of the best known medicinal herbs in the world. Now that the ancient art of herbal medicine is once again in high favor, ginseng is coming into new prominence.

    Ginseng is believed by many people to have almost magical powers to promote general health and vigor and to prolong life. Its  remarkable history dates back more than 1,000 years.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Aug. 8

    25 Years Ago
    Harriman City Council passed an $8.174 million budget, setting the property tax rate at $2.97 per $100 of assessment. The 20-cent hike in the tax rate included a 10-cent tax increase requested by the schools and was to generate funds for pay raises for city employees based on a restructured pay scale.

    10 Years Ago

  • Lions pavilion marker home at last

    It’s taken 57 years, but a marker denoting a Kingston Lions Club major contribution to the city is now in place.

    The engraved granite marker was intended to preserve the club’s work on the original Kingston City Park pavilion. Instead, it now serves as a reminder of that original gift to the community and the organization’s contribution to the existing pavilion, constructed recently through funds raised by Kingston employees.

  • New state rules in place for ginseng harvesting, buying

    As part of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s regulatory role regarding the export of wild American ginseng, the Division of Natural Areas is sending out a reminder to harvesters about the 2012 law change.

    A series of upcoming public participation opportunities to address potential rule changes has also been announced.

    Effective July 1, Tennessee’s ginseng harvest law was amended to change the harvest season for wild ginseng to Sept. 1-Dec. 31.  

  • Nominees sought for recognition in preservation

    East Tennessee Preservation Alliance is now accepting nominations for the 2012 East Tennessee Preservation Awards, given annually for outstanding contributions to historic preservation in the 16-county region.

    These awards will be presented at the awards banquet in conjunction with the East Tennessee Preservation Conference  on Nov. 9 in Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts in Gatlinburg.

  • 'Round Rockwood: Aug. 6

    We enjoyed a nice visit with our son David and wife, Wanda, who came to visit Friday evening.

    We were talking about how much fun it was to stay at Fickey's Store and buy candy and gum or little lollipops.

    The bus driver would let children get off long enough for him to go over the bridge and pick up other children and turn around and come back for those who had got off at the store to get back on.

  • Take Charge of Your Diabetes class offered starting Aug. 8

    Roane County Extension and Roane County Health Department have partnered to offer Take Charge of Your Diabetes, a six-week class that starts Aug. 8.

    “This class can be the turning point between enduring everyday life and enjoying everyday life,” said Donna Raines of Roane County Health Department.

    The class, a $1,200 value, is offered free. Call Roane County Health Department at 354-1220, Ext. 108, to sign up

    Participants will be taught to:

    • Manage your symptoms

  • Frozen Head to help mark state parks’ 75th anniversary

    The year 2012 marks Tennessee State Parks’ 75th anniversary, and to help commemorate this important milestone, Frozen Head State Park in Morgan County will have a special community event from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 10.

    “This is a great opportunity to thank the park’s many patrons and the entire local community for their support throughout the years and invite community members to see what the park has to offer,” said Park Manager David Engebretson.

  • Grand gift for old courthouse

    Roane County Heritage Commission President Charlotte Branson, right, accepts a $1,000 donation on the organization’s behalf from state Rep. Julia Hurley for the restoration of the old Roane County Courthouse, one of only seven original court houses still standing in the state.

    The commission receives grants and personal donations from private citizens and businesses, and the annual Gala is one of the major fundraising events. A museum is being set up.