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  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Aug. 1

    25 Years Ago
    The unemployment rate for Roane County rose to 6.6 percent. Even so, a study ranked Roane County 28th out of 95 counties in terms of economical health. Eight economic and demographic variables were taken into consideration, and the outcome was considered a better indicator of economic health than any single variable such as unemployment.

    10 Years Ago

  • FSA committee nominations to end Wednesday

    Farmers, ranchers and other agricultural producers have until Aug. 1 to nominate eligible candidates to serve on Farm Service Agency county committees.

    “County committees play a vital role in the administration of federal farm programs and the positive effect they have on rural communities,” said   Linda Tipton of the USDA’s Roane/Loudon County Farm Service Agency.

  • HPD plans National Night Out activities

    Harriman Police Department is calling this year’s National Night Out celebration “a good night to get to know your neighbors and give crime a going-away party.”

    The event will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 7 at Harriman Riverfront Park.

  • Save money on school items during Sales Tax Holiday

    The Tennessee Department of Revenue reminds Tennesseans that the seventh annual Sales Tax Holiday is scheduled for Aug. 3-5.

    During these three days, Tennessee shoppers can save nearly 10 percent on tax-free clothing, school and art supplies and computer purchases.

    “The annual Sales Tax Holiday was designed with Tennessee families in mind, providing savings for families, especially as students start the new school year,” Gov. Bill Haslam said.

  • Harriman Happenings: Aug. 6

    Sunday, July 29, 25 youth from Cedine Camp in Spring City took part in the morning worship at St. Mary's Baptist Church.

    Every fifth Sunday is Mission Day. Two ladies, Gloria Ward and Sharon McElhane from Cedine, along with Carolyn Clemmons, had a great devotion.

    Cedine Youth provided the music, they sang a cappella, and we were blessed by their songs.

    Carolyn Griffin did the Children's Hour. Angie Childress gave the missionary message. She spoke on “Being a True Friend.”

  • Thank you to David Webb for Riverfront Park

    Harrison Barger, right, treasurer of the South Harriman Schools Alumni and Friends Organization, presents a check to David Webb in appreciation of his long-time involvement in the founding and maintenance of Harriman Riverfront Park, the city-owned facility that bears Webb’s name.

    This donation recognizes the importance of the park facilities for regular alumni activities and is given in honor of Gary Baker, who has assisted the organization in its annual gatherings for many years.

  • The Garden Gate: Planting rules passed down by word of mouth

    Most of us have known people who insisted on planting certain things according to phases of the moon or development of a particular kind of tree or shrub.

    Ever since man began to till the soil, people have looked for favorable signs in the stars, moon, native plants, times of the migrations of birds, colors of sunsets and some other aspects of nature to guide them in planting and in harvesting.

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

    25 Years Ago
    Kingston Regional Planning Commission gave strings-attached approval to final development plans of Brentwood Landing. The state planner said most of the problems would be easy to take care of. Everything was ready; it just wasn’t at the meeting. Construction activity was expected to begin within the month.

    10 Years Ago

  • Learn to lead at Girl Scout event

    Present and prospective Girl Scout volunteers are welcome to attend Leaderfest, an inaugural inspirational and informative event on Aug. 11 in Alcoa.

    Leaderfest, organized in part by the Roane County Service Unit, will offer workshops on a variety of topics, such as songs; ceremonies; science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs; discipline issues; crafts; and games for all ages.

    A special session will address troop basics, including the changes to the Girl Scout program over the past few years.

  • Mid-East taking applications for energy assistance

    Mid-East Community Action Agency is now accepting applications for those needing help paying energy costs.

    Applicants must be responsible for paying their own energy costs.

    Applications are available online at www.mecaa.net.

    They may also be picked up at the Mid-East office at 1362 N. Gateway Ave., Rockwood. Office hours are from 8 to 11:30 a.m. and from 12:15 to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday; and from 8  to 11:30 a.m. and 12:15 to 1 p.m. Friday.