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  • Blood drives set next week

    Medic Regional Blood Center has three upcoming blood drives in Roane County that will include incentives for donors willing to take time to give blood during the summer months.  

    Donors can give blood in a Medic mobile drive July 24 at Roane Medical Center at 412 Devonia St., Harriman.

    Another mobile drive will be on July 25 at Oliver Springs Food City.

    On July 30, a blood drive will be in the family center of Kingston Church of Christ at 120 Spring St.

    All three blood drives will be from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  • N-S exhibit car to make only Tenn. stop during October Sky fest in OS

    Norfolk Southern Corp. has confirmed its exhibit car will be on display in Oliver Springs on Oct. 20 at the October Sky Fall Festival.

    Admission is free to the public.

    The exhibit car is a restored 1926 Pullman that was converted to a mobile museum in 1971. Norfolk has completed the restoration of the exhibit car for its 30th anniversary.

    Oliver Springs will be one of 15 stops across the country and the only appearance in Tennessee.

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

    25 Years Ago
    A devoted daughter, loving mother and much respected co-worker, Marcella Krevinko died at the age of 48. An employee of Roane County News, she walked to work and never missed a day in 16 years. She cared for her mother until her death, just over a month before Krevinko herself succumbed to cancer. All remembered her with love and admiration.

    10 Years Ago

  • The Garden Gate: Wild about rice? You’re not alone

    With its distinctive appearance and flavor, wild rice is one of the more popular gourmét foods.

    We must give full credit for this delectable treat to the Indians, especially the Chippewa and the Ojibway.

    These Midwestern tribes who used wild rice as a staple food.

    They valued it so highly that they waged tribal wars for control of Minnesota’s lakes in which the wild rice grew.

    The Chippewa name for wild rice is manonim, which means good berry.

  • Boat grand prize at this year’s Ferguson Fishing Rodeo for Kids

    A 14-foot boat, trailer and trolling motor will be going home with some lucky child who participates in  Dennis Ferguson’s Fishing Rodeo For Kids this year.

    The boat, donated by Bunch Marine, is among the prizes up for grabs in the annual fishing extravaganza on Aug. 4 at Roane County Park.

  • ’Round Rockwood-July 16

    I was glad I was able to go with Bonnie and Steven McKinney to Swan Pond United Methodist Church Sunday where the Rev. Brenda Poole is pastor.

    She led the group in singing, with Brian McKinney playing the piano.

    Monday, the Rockwood Church of Christ held a service for the residents of Victorian Square.

    Pastor Kirby Hinds brought the message. He is pastor of Rockwood Church of Christ.

    Kenneth Carter led in prayer, and Jake Jackson had another prayer. It was a real good service.

  • Seven from Roane to be presented at Teen Board

    The Teen Board of Knoxville has invited seven Roane Countians to be presented during the 52nd annual Teen Board Presentation Dance on Aug. 4 in Knoxville Civic Coliseum.

    Teens are presented during the annual black-tie event as a reward for completing hours of service to civic and welfare projects for charitable organizations in their community.

    Presentees include:

    HARRIMAN

    • Tymber Bodine, daughter of Rob Bodine and Tracy Clem. She attends Harriman High School.

  • Oak Grove Cemetery cleans up after storm

    Last Thursday’s wind storm that blew through Rockwood also affected Oak Grove Cemetery.

    “The officers and employees of Oak Grove Cemetery wish to assure everyone that all efforts are being made to clean up the grounds,” said Harold D. Holloway, the cemetery’s office and grounds manager.

    “The damage was extensive, as floral arrangements were blown away and trees were downed,” he added.

    “We appreciate your patience as we continue our work to restore the peaceful setting of Oak Grove.”

  • The Garden Gate: Keep cool in July’s heat

    July is usually a hot month, but this July so far has been the hottest one on record. Our air conditioners have been running full time — and we have been complaining full time, too.

    But have you considered what uncounted generations before us did to beat the heat before air conditioning was invented?

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of July 11

    25 Years Ago
    Officials studied possible ramifications of an error in a city charter amendment voted on in the Kingston city election. The amendment would change the dates for municipal elections. According to city attorney Sandy McPherson, the typographical error was made in drafting the proposed charter change in the form of a question. The date was correct in the bill that was sent to Nashville.

    10 Years Ago