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  • Get in the holiday spirit with ‘The Nutcracker’

    Beautiful costumes, breathtaking scenery and a mostly Roane County cast performing to a Tchaikovsky soundtrack in Arts in Motion’s 2012 presentation of Roane County’s “The Nutcracker.”

    Performances in the O’Brien Theater on Roane State Community College’s main campus are scheduled for 7 p.m. Nov. 30-Dec. 1 and at 2 p.m. Dec. 2.

    School performances will start at 9:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Nov. 29.

    Tickets are $18 per person and are available at the door or by reservation by calling 376-0295.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Nov. 28

    25 Years Ago
    Dr. Robert Booher, a specialist in addictionology at Mountain View Recovery Center in Maryville, presented the Roane County Task Force Against Drug Abuse with the newest research data. “Chemical dependency, in the form of alcoholism or as an addiction to any other type of mood-altering drug, is a primary medical disease,” he said. Once the addict and his family understand the disease concept, hope can be regained; treatment can be sought; and recovery can begin.

    10 Years Ago

  • Free math, algebra tutoring for students, homework helpers and homeschoolers

    Free tutoring in basic math and algebra is being offered at the Kingston Community Center on Tuesday afternoons at 2 beginning immediately.

    Experienced tutor John Shacter is taking anyone who is interested in learning and is in the fourth grade or higher.

    Anyone needing help should come by or call Jo Ann Knies at the community center, or talk to  Shacter at 719-0336.

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  • Paver brick prices dropped to honor vets

    Rockwood 2000 installed more than 400 engraved paver bricks for area veterans in the city's Homecoming Park at West Rockwood Street and Front Avenue.

    Its popularity has prompted the organization to again offer area veterans a discount on 8-by-8-inch paver bricks for Memory Lane, Rockwood 2000's ongoing project.

    This is a wonderful way to remember and recognize your loved ones who have served or are now serving in the armed forces," said project Chairman Maurice Greif.

  • ‘Nutcracker 2012’ helping shelter pets

    Those planning to attend next weekend’s performances of “The Nutcracker 2012” are urged by staff and students of Arts in Motion  studios to open their hearts to help the county’s homeless pets.

    Members of the audience are asked to donate pet food prior to each performance in the O’Brien Theater of Roane State Community College’s main campus.

    Performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. Nov. 30-Dec. 1 and at 2 p.m. Dec. 2. School performances will start at 9:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Nov. 29.

  • The Garden Gate: Abrams ensures we’ll always have trees

    The oldest living things on earth are trees.

    The famous Cedars of Lebanon are still just as the Bible describes them, but older still are Bristlecomb pines, which are native to the American Southwest, and have been dated back about 5,000 years.

    People have been fascinated for hundreds of years with bonsai, the tiny trees and miniature landscapes considered to be a living art. Bonsai, the smallest trees in the world, were developed in the Orient generations ago.

  • Santa rides the rails next month

    For the first two weekends of December, Santa Claus will leave his sleigh in the garage and climb aboard the Secret City Scenic Excursion Train.

    He will be aboard the excursion rides on Dec. 1-2 and Dec. 8-9 and is sure to delight children as he and Mrs. Claus make their way through the coaches passing out Christmas gift bags and posing for pictures.

    Southern Appalachia Railway Museum volunteers will have the train all decked out in true holiday style to add to the enjoyment of the trips and the season.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Nov. 21

    25 Years Ago
    According to hospital personnel at Chamberlain Memorial Hospital in Rockwood, the cost of having a baby had increased, but services had also improved. For a normal delivery and three-day hospital stay, new parents could expect to pay up to $1,560 or up to $2,400 for a Caesarean section. Some of the improvements include a cheery-looking hospital room with  televisions, sibling visiting hours, a relative allowed to assist in the delivery room, and a complimentary steak dinner for the parents before the mother’s discharge.

  • Spread a little ‘oom-pah’ at Merry TubaChristmas

    The Babahatchie Community Band will present Harriman’s 24th annual Merry TubaChristmas concert at 11:45 a.m. Dec. 1 in Harriman High School’s James M. Williamson Auditorium.

    Registration begins at 9:30 a.m., with rehearsal at 10.

    The tuba/euphonium choir under the direction of Sande MacMorran will perform carols and songs of Christmas.

    Tuba/sousaphone and euphonium/baritone players of all degrees of ability are welcome to participate in this event.

    Call Dr. Joseph Williams at 882-3446 for details.

  • South Harriman alumni honor vets

    The South Harriman Schools Alumni and Friends Organization continues its community involvement with the recent installation of a permanent flag pole complete with a new U.S. flag and a banner depicting the former county school’s “Pirate” logo with the declaration “The Spirit Lives On.”

    The Alumni paired the flags with a “Thanks Veterans” sign saluting all veterans for their service and sacrifice during the week around Veterans Day.