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  • 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.

  • Driving course cheaper for area school personnel

    AARP has a long history of supporting and celebrating educators.

    In 1947, Ethel Percy Andrus founded NRTA (formerly the National Retired Teachers Association) to help address the economic challenges and health needs of retired educators.

    It wasn’t until 1958 that Andrus opened the organization to all older Americans, and AARP was born.

    As such, AARP is planning its AARP Drivers Safety 2012 Educator Appreciation Promotion.  

  • Fishing Rodeo this weekend

    Lots of prizes and family fun are on tap for the 22nd annual Dennis Ferguson Fishing Rodeo this weekend.

    Registration for the event starts at 8 a.m. Aug. 4 at Roane County Park, with fishing to begin at 9. All bait will be furnished.

    This year’s grand prize is a 14-foot boat and troll motor, courtesy of Bunch Marine of Midtown. Another $3,000 in gift cards will be awarded, including four top prizes of gift cards worth $250 each.