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Perhaps now is the time to give recognition to a native American plant that grows abundantly in 48 states.
The seeds of this plant are high in vitamin C and are enjoyed equally by people and birds.
And its showy flower heads grow to monumental proportions.
Of course, a sunflower with a bloom 1 foot or more across is hard to miss — and it is fully spectacular enough to merit some attention.
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Obed Wild and Scenic River will have a guided night sounds hike beginning at 9 p.m. June 28.
Those wishing to participate in this free event are asked to meet at the Lilly Overlook parking area.
The hike will progress from there to the overlook and back as a ranger guides the group through the collage of sounds on the trail.
The less-than-half-mile round-trip hike is open to all ages.
Children participating must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the program.
Westel Fire Department’s monthly fundraising dinner on June 20 will be hosted by Woodmen of the World Chapter 900.
The cookout, with hamburgers and hot dogs, will be from 4 to 7 p.m. at the fire hall west of Rockwood on Hwy. 70 in the Westel community.
Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children, with all proceeds benefiting the fire hall.
Call Terry Carter at 388-6846 for further details.
Woodmen of the World will have this event in honor of Flag Day, which was June 14.
Members of Kingston Police Explorers Post 376 who are leaving this summer for the U.S. armed services were honored.
The post also recently raised $1,200 for the Wounded Warrior Project.
Probably the most popular flower in the world is the rose.
The most beautiful member of the Rosaceae family, the rose originated in Asia Minor.
This marvelous flower is one of the oldest in cultivation. It was considered a very old bloom 5,000 years ago, when it was featured in the royal gardens of ancient Asia and Africa.
Roses have been symbols of poetic fantasy since the dawn of civilization, perhaps even before written history.
From the biblical Rose of Sharon in Song of Solomon to this day, they have been symbols of love.
Our deepest sympathy is extended to the families of Jadah Gallaher and Roderick Drummond, who lost their lives due to an accident.
There are a lot of prayers from concerned people.
Jadah is the daughter of the Rev. Willie and Sister Missy Gallaher.
Rod, as we call him, was a wonderful young man. He came from a Christian home.
They will be missed. Let’s continue to lift both families in prayer.
Get-well wishes to Darius Gallaher and Hunter Crass, who were hurt in the train and car accident.
Roane County University of Tennessee Extension will conduct a three-session Canning College this month.
Classes will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Thursday from June 12-26 in Roane County United Way, Midtown.
Those wishing to participate are asked to register by June 10 by calling 376-5558.
The $50 fee covers cost of ingredients, supplies, a food preservation book and at least one take-home item prepared in each class session.
Justin Thomas, UT Extension agent, will conduct the class.
Mid-East Community Action Agency will have its quarterly distribution of USDA commodity foods this month.
The distribution for Roane County recipients will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 19 in Harriman Church of God at 3106 Roane State Hwy., Midtown.
All commodity food recipients should be certified before the deadline date.
Those receiving the foods are advised to bring a bag to in which to carry the food.
All recipients must pick up their commodities or arrange to have them picked up.
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