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  • The Garden Gate: You’ll go bananas for these fruit factoids

    Bananas as a food have a past history that is older than recorded history.

    They were originally thought to have come from the tropical regions of southern Asia. In 327 B.C. the armies of Alexander the Great found this fruit growing in the valley of the Indus River.

    It was about that time people learned they could carry dried roots to distant places where they would grow. The great migrations from southern Asia carried bananas to the islands of the Pacific.

  • Master Gardeners planning plant sale

    Roane County Master Gardeners’ seventh annual plant sale will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 28 at Ladd Landing, Kingston.

    This is a public opportunity to obtain plants,
    knowledge and information from volunteers trained through the Tennessee Master Gardener program of Roane County and the University of Tennessee Extension.

    Perennials, annuals, house plants, shrubs, grasses, vines, herbs, trees, vegetables and yard art will be available.

  • Knights support Michael Dunn Center

    Knights of Columbus Father Callahan Council 8273 presents checks for $6,900 to the Michael Dunn Center.

    Those participating in the check presentation include District Deputy Fred Laufenberg, MR Foundation board of directors; Joe Cochran, Knights of Columbus member; Wade Creswell, Michael Dunn Center director of development; James Griffin, Knights of Columbus member; and Bob Capell, council financial secretary.

  • TVA, EPA to discuss water restoration during workshops

    The next in a series of workshops on the restoration of the river system affected by the December 2008 fly ash spill at the TVA Kingston Fossil Plant in Roane County will be on May 3.

    The Tennessee Valley Authority and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are conducting the workshops, which are intended to provide information on the River System Engineering Evaluation and Cost Analysis Report on the Kingston recovery project.

    In this workshop, aquatic test results will be discussed.

  • Love is in the air for Roane Choral’s last concert of season

    Roane Choral Society will present “April Love,” its last concert of the season, on April 28.

    Two performances, at 2 and 7 p.m., will be in Kingston Church of Christ’s family center at 120 W. Spring St.

    The society will perform familiar tunes such as “Come Rain or Come Shine,” “The Sound of Music” and “Best of the Beach Boys.”  

    In addition to hearing favorite melodies, audience members will be served coffee and dessert served by the singers during intermission.  

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of April 18

    25 Years Ago
    Local and state officials were on hand for the ribbon-cutting ceremony and dedication of the bridge at Center’s Ferry. The bridge cost more than $3 million to build and replaced one of the state’s last and largest running ferries. Once the state completed the work, the bridge became the responsibility of the Roane County Highway Department.

    10 Years Ago

  • A lesson in the past

    Avery Trace Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution recently had its annual genealogy workshop.

    Materials were given to each individual attending, and genealogy experts Shirley Smith and Marcia Pickel discussed resources for researching family history. Among them was the recently released 1940 U.S. Census records.

  • Harriman Happenings: April 16

    The Rev. Steve Womack delivered the word of God Sunday for the Easter sunrise service. There was congregational singing led by Preacher Robert Hall. This service was well attended. Afterward, we all enjoyed a delicious breakfast.

    Marvin and Anna Anderson spent a few days in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Marvin played baseball with his senior team. Anna enjoyed the beach and making new friends. This weekend, Marvin and his bowling team are in Chattanooga.

  • 'Round Rockwood: April 16

    When the tornado hit Cumberland County, we were told to go to the big basement room with 8-foot concrete walls.

    That’s what we did. I was just about to put on my nightgown. No, they said, forget the gowns, so that’s what I did, but I was surprised at the folks who came in their night clothes. One man had short shorts on and several hadn’t got ready for bed yet.

  • The Garden Gate: Colorful iris bears name of equally colorful goddess

    The beautiful iris, the state flower of Tennessee, blooms in so many different colors. It was named after Iris, the personification of the rainbow in Greek mythology.

    There are about 200 species of iris to be found in the northern temperate zone. Native to Asia, about 30 different species grow wild in the eastern United States and in the the Mississippi Delta.

    They are a part of the family which includes freesia, crocus and gladiolus.