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  • Reichle honored for prose

    Donna Reichle of Kingston was honored during a writing contest in conjunction with the recent Tennessee Mountain Writers annual conference.  

    Reichle received second-place recognition in the Inspirational category for “The Infusion Room.”

    Conference workshop leaders were Joseph Bathanti, fiction; Doris Gove, writing for young people; Katy Koontz, editing; Karen McElmurray, nonfiction; and Rita Quillen, poetry.

    Nashville essayist and novelist Lorraine Lopez was the banquet speaker.

  • Babahatchie going from Mozart to Beale Street in Sunday concert

    Babahatchie Community Band will have the last of its indoor concerts for the season on May 6.

    The concert will begin at 3 p.m. in Harriman High School’s James Williamson Auditorium. Admission is free.

    “The Bay State March” by W.F. Burrell will kick off the concert.

    “If you listen close, you will hear a familiar tune in the march,” promised band member Alison Westrich.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of May 2

    25 Years Ago
    Tennessee’s safety belt law celebrated its one-year anniversary. Fatality figures for the year recorded a 40-percent drop which officials attributed to increased safety belt use.

    10 Years Ago

  • Poster contest to boost elder abuse awareness

    Roane County ElderWatch is observing World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15 by educating the public to the problem through a children’s poster contest for ages 6-12.

    There are two contest themes: “Are Grandma and Grandpa OK: What Does Elder Abuse Look Like to You?” and “What Would the World Look Like Free of Elder Abuse?”

    Children will compete in age categories of 6-8 and 9-12.

    Prizes will be awarded in each age category.

  • Medic experiencing critical blood shortage

    Medic Regional Blood Center is experiencing a critical blood shortage and is struggling to meet the needs of 27 hospitals in East Tennessee and Southeast Kentucky.

    “Collections have been low for us and the need from our area hospitals have been on the rise, said Christi Fightmaster of Medic public relations. “We are operating on a one-day supply of blood.”

    Donors in Roane County have a number of opportunities to do their part. Blood drives will be:

  • Harriman Happenings: April 30

    Visiting the Early Morning Coffee bunch last Monday was Carl Farmer. We study the Bible at 10 a.m. each Monday at St. Mary’s Baptist Church. The Rev. Jesse Williams is the instructor. Everyone is welcome.

    Our deepest sympathy is extended to the family of Charles Salon, who recently passed away in Oak Ridge Methodist hospital. He was a dear friend of Herbert Griffin, and both were members of the Masonic Lodge.

  • 'Round Rockwood: April 30

    When we — my twin sister, Margaret Ramsey, and I  — were little, we had a pet hen.

    Miss Hen had her leg almost amputated when my father was mowing and didn’t see Miss Hen hiding in the tall grass. He mowed so close it almost cut off her leg.

    He got off his mower and took her to the house, into the kitchen, where Mama had a table. He held her down while Mama put a bandage on her injured leg and she could walk.

    She could even talk in her hen language.

  • The Garden Gate: Plant your stake today, land optional

    For the dedicated gardener anywhere, the likely spot to plant something and anything is a container.

    It is not necessary to have an acre of land to have a garden. You can have a garden in a flowerpot.

    For millions of people, even a small plot of land is not available. There are those who live in apartments, people who live on houseboats, people whose occupations keep them on the road in campers or mobile homes, so container gardening is the perfect answer.

    As a matter of fact, the size of our gardens in general is shrinking.

  • Letter carriers collecting to Stamp Out Hunger

    Letter carriers in Harriman, Kingston and Rockwood are joining in the 20th annual National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger food drive on May 12.

    On that day, letter carriers from those Roane County post offices will join their colleagues from across the nation as they collect nonperishable food donations from homes as they deliver mail along their postal routes.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of April 25

    25 Years Ago
    Shannon Summer Calloway of Kingston was the 1987 Roane County Poster child for the March of Dimes. The 4-year-old with a perpetual smile is fed through a tube in her stomach and can’t sit up or roll over on her own, although she tries. She was diagnosed with water on the brain and cerebral palsy and has motor skills of a 6- or 7-month old. Her mother, Lisa, thinks Shannon is intelligent.  “Maybe the Lord gave her to me as a gift,” Lisa said.

    10 Years Ago