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  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Aug. 15

    25 Years Ago
    After two months of hearings and workshops, the Roane County Commission finally passed a budget. The new budget reflected a 68-cent property tax rate increase to bring the tax rate up to $2.71 per $100 valuation. The delay in passing the budget also delayed the opening of Roane County and Harriman City schools by one week due to a lack of available funds.

    10 Years Ago

  • A Red Hat cruise on the lake
  • 'Round Rockwood: Aug. 13

    Visiting me Tuesday, Aug. 7, were Joyce Ward and Jessica Humphreys.

    They came and cleaned my room for me.

    Lorene Pinkerton and her son, Trevor Walls, from Spartanburg, Fla., visited Joyce Ward for four days.

    While here they visited her daughter, Emily and Wyatt Ward in Knoxville.

    We enjoyed very much a family dinner at Junior's Restaurant in Rockwood Tuesday.

  • Harriman Happenings: Aug. 13

    Saturday, Aug. 4, Oak Grove Baptist Church celebrated its annual choir anniversary. Curtis Anderson was master of ceremony.

    Six great choirs provided the music for this service, and Evangelist Dorothy Mitchell was guest soloist.

    All sang from their hearts and all who attended were truly blessed. This is where Paul Taylor is pastor.

    We pray that your choir will continue to sing praises in songs to God.

  • Lots of fun times, reading at Rockwood library
  • DOE facilities bus tour ending Aug. 31

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge facilities public bus tour ends Aug. 31, marking the last day of the 2012 season.

    The tour, which includes stops at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Y-12 National Security Complex  and East Tennessee Technology Park, provides historical commentary on the transformation of the Oak Ridge Reservation during the past 65 years.

    So far this season, 1,099 visitors from 36 states have participated in the summer tour.

  • 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.