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  • OR heritage group to hear two special presentations Sept. 13

    The Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association will hear two special presentations during its monthly meeting on Sept. 13.

    The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in Midtown Community Center.

    Jim Campbell, president of the East Tennessee Economic Council and Fellow of the University of Tennessee's Howard Baker Center for Public Policy, will present a preview of his portion of “Secret City in the Tennessee Hills: From Dogpatch to Nuclear Power,” a symposium at the National Archives at Atlanta.

  • Safety Fest coming to Oak Ridge Sept. 11-14

    Oak Ridge Business Safety Partnership’s inaugural Oak Ridge Safety Fest is planned for Sept. 11-14.

    Tennessee Technology Center at Harriman, Roane State Community College and New Hope Center will be the site of the various sessions.

  • Railway Museum to run its last dinner train for season Sept. 15

    Southern Appalachia Railway Museum’s schedule for September includes one-hour narrated excursions on Sept. 1 and Sept. 15.

    The one-hour narrated excursions depart at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. both Saturdays.

    During the ride, passengers will hear the story of the Manhattan Project, which was one of the most remarkable industrial achievements ever accomplished.

    Regular ticket prices are $13 for ages 3-12 and $17 for adults.

  • The Garden Gate: Nature’s getting ready for fall

    The hydrangea is one of the loveliest of summer flowers that linger on into fall.

    It flourishes in either full sun or part shade, and in borders or containers. This old-fashioned bloom has been making a come back in popularity and is again available in a range of cultivars.

    Native to woodlands in both North and South America and East Asia, hydrangeas include more than 80 species of evergreen and deciduous shrubs and vines. Probably the best known and one of the most popular examples is the hydrangea macrophyllas.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Aug. 29

    25 Years Ago
    Cee Bee Food Store in Rockwood was advertising the following: Castleberry Beef Stew, 89 cents for a 24-ounce can; boneless chuck roast for $1.39 a pound; half gallon of Kay’s ice cream for $1.79; a gallon of 4-percent milk for $1.89; a 2-pound loaf of Kerns bread for 89 cents; and smoked hams for $1.19 a pound. Every Tuesday, seniors 62 and older received a 7 percent discount.

    10 Years Ago

  • Time for Music and Melons at Harriman Riverfront Park

    The annual Music and Melons celebration, presented by Babahatchie Community Band and Harriman Lions Club, will start at 3 p.m. Aug. 26 at Harriman Riverfront Park.

    Harriman Lions Club members will slice and distribute free slices of cold watermelon against a backdrop of Americana-defining music performed in Sunday afternoon concert style by the Babahatchie Community Band.

    Concert admission and watermelon are free.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Aug. 22

    25 Years Ago
    A fixture in the Kingston community, Bronce Franklin Johnson died at the age of 84. A Kingston attorney, he had also served as an assistant state attorney general for 12 years and was a Washington staff member of the late U.S. Rep. Howard Baker Sr. He was recognized for his knowledge of the political arena and was relied on by many for background information in all manner of community developments.

    10 Years Ago

  • Roane Choral at Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame

    Roane Choral Society ensemble members who performed for the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame induction ceremony  include, front row from left, Nancy Beth Gerberding, Margie Wadlington, Ranell Lane, Peggy Sheppard, Joy McGarvey; middle row, Sandra Augustus, Marilyn Gaffin, Joy Goldberg, Terry Carlyle, Ken McGarvey, Georgette Boozer, Eugene Hattaway, Karon Oliver; and back row, Emilee Richardson, Bruce Pharis, George Wadlington, Beth Hattaway and Jennifer Gibson.

  • Beginning square dance classes set to start in September

    Three Rivers Ramblers Square Dance Club will have classes for beginning square dancers at 7 p.m. each Monday starting Sept. 10.

    The classes will be in the Harriman American Legion Building. The first class is free; subsequent classes will be $4 per person.

    “All ages can square dance,” said Connie Williams, Three Rivers Ramblers secretary.

  • DVD aims to help kids with stuttering issues

    Children who stutter have a lot to say, and friends can show them how in “Stuttering: For Kids By Kids,” a DVD starring real children who stutter, available at most public libraries.

    Public libraries in Oliver Springs and Rockwood have agreed to shelve the DVD for their patrons. Call the Oliver Springs library at 435-2509 or the Rockwood library at 354-1281 to check availability.