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  • Blood drives coming up in Harriman, OS

    Summer months are difficult for blood centers across the U.S. and it is no exception for East Tennessee’s provider, Medic Regional Blood Center.
    “We are currently on emergency appeal for all blood types, especially the negative types,” said Christi Fightmaster, Medic’s spokeswoman. “This is a time when being negative can be a good thing. Negative blood types are more rare than positive types, and often Medic finds themselves in a critical shortage of these types.”

  • LATER DATE FOR HALF MOON MUSIC FEST

    The Half Moon Music Festival has a new date that organizers hope will be cooler for faithful music aficionados making the annual trek by land and lake to Ten Mile.

    The festival will begin at 1 p.m. Sept. 8.

    “For the past several years, it has been so hot that many senior citizens had to leave,” said festival founder Wayne Tipps of the event that’s traditionally been on the Sunday following the Fourth-of-July weekend.

  • United Way taking funding applications

    The Roane County United Way is now accepting applications for funding in 2014.

    The deadline is at 4 p.m. Sept. 6.

    Applications will be accepted from organizations that align with their mission of mobilizing the caring power of our community to create long-lasting change that improves people’s lives and provide for the basic human needs of those needing assistance.  

    The United Way has been serving the needs of Roane County since 1954 by focusing on the building blocks of a good life: education, health, and financial stability.  

  • The Garden Gate: Daylilies are the tasty treat that keeps on giving

    Anyone can have a vegetable garden. All you need is a patch of soil.

    Some people have vegetable gardens in alleys or on vacant lots in the inner city, or in window boxes or bushel baskets full of soil on roofs of apartment buildings.

    If you have a small yard, you can grow lettuce, carrots or parsley as a border. Spinach, which loves shade, also may be grown as a border under evergreens or other shade trees.

  • Looking Back: a little something from our files

    25 Years Ago

  • Heritage, Preservation group to tour Children’s Museum

    Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association members will take a free tour of the Oak Ridge Children’s Museum on one of its “traveling meetings” Aug. 8.
    The tour starts at 7 p.m. and is open to interested members of the public. It will replace the regular membership and public monthly meeting in Wildcat Den.  
    The Children’s Museum is at 461 W. Outer Drive in the former Highland View Elementary School,  the elementary school built for the Manhattan Project.
    Call Margaret Allard at 607-1122 for details.

  • Gift of gab snags Woody $1,750 Rotary Club prize

    Rising Midway High School senior Aaron Woody won first place in the Rotary District 6780 Four-Way Speech Scholarship Competition.

    Woody was able to advance to the district contest after winning the Kingston Rotary Club contest and was awarded a $1,750 scholarship to the school of his choice.

    He competed last year for the scholarship chance and because he is a self-proclaimed talker.

    “I went and got second place after a double-header win for second and third,” Woody said.

  • High pollen could trigger rare reaction

    High pollen counts could trigger angioedema, a rare adverse reaction of Angiotension converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, Vanderbilt University researchers have found.

    The findings, published online June 24 in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice, suggest that environmental triggers might explain the seemingly sporadic presentation of this rare adverse drug reaction.

    ACE inhibitors are commonly used to treat high blood pressure.

  • Climb with a ranger at Obed’s Lilly Bridge

    Those who have wanted to try rock climbing have a free opportunity to do it this weekend, during Obed Wild and Scenic River’s Climb-With-a-Ranger program.

    Those wishing to participate should meet at Lilly Bridge at 11 a.m. Aug. 3.

    All climbing gear will be provided.

    Those participating are asked to bring drinking water and wear study footwear.

    Depending on interests and ability levels, participants will travel to one of several different climbing areas around the park.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of July 31

    25 Years Ago