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  • The Garden Gate: Parsley is universal herb, and a good garnish

    Ogden Nash, the popular wit and poet, once wrote a lengthy, witty doggerel poem about herbs, of which the final line was “parsley is garsley.”

    Obviously, Nash did not like parsley. But it is, for most of us, a flavorful addition to many foods and an attractive and nutritious garnish for others.

    There is more to parsley than you might think.

    The parsley family is large, and it includes many herbs, spices, carrots and celery.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of May 7

    25 Years Ago
    Oliver Springs leaders received a vote of confidence by the town’s residents, who returned the mayor and Board of Aldermen to their seats for two-year terms. They included Mayor Stanley E. Justice Jr.; Aldermen Edwin L. Kelley, J.C. “Jim” Davis, Ralph Wilson, C.D. “Chuck” Alcorn, Cebert Mitchell and Sam H. Davis; Treasurer Virginia Crisp; and Judge Joseph H. Van Hook. Justice led opposed candidates with 254 votes, and Crisp led the entire ticket with 375.

  • Yager, Joseph to speak at Kingston library programs

    May will be a busy month at Kingston Public Library.

    State Sen. Ken Yager will discuss his role as Roane County’s representative in the upper house of the Tennessee General Assembly during the May 15 Thursday Night at the Library program.

    The program begins at 6 p.m.

    Timothy Joseph will be on hand the following week, on May 22, to talk about his new book, “My Water Path.” It’s a return visit for Joseph, who recently presented a program on the Manhattan Project.

  • OS library to kick off summer reading program on May 18

    Oliver Springs Public Library will kick off its summer reading program, “Fizz, Boom, Read!”, with a special party.

    The party will be at 2 p.m. at the library at 610 Walker Ave.

    Parents may register their children at the party, or they can beat the rush by registering beginning May 12 at the library.

    The summer reading program is free and open to ages 4-10. Special activities, prize drawings and storytime are a few of the things on tap this year.

  • Register now for continued learning in OR this summer

    From the history of automobiles to travelogues on Alaska and Australia — from memoir writing to appreciating Appalachian music — the summer term of Oak Ridge Institute for Continued Learning offers a variety of courses.

    May 14 is the early registration deadline for the term, which takes places from June 8 to Aug. 8.

    The institute has more than 400 members who take courses in a classroom and auditorium at Roane State Community College’s Oak Ridge campus on Briarcliff Road.

  • Beautification kudos to Taylors, antique shop

    Dan and Constance Taylor are the recipients of the Harriman Garden Club’s March Residential Beautification Award.

    The Taylors had a bevy of bright daffodils on the lawn of their home on Renfro Street.

    Red Door Antiquities at 505 N. Roane St., owned by Nancy Jacoby, is cited by the Harriman Garden Club as its most beautiful commercial establishment in March.

    Nominations for residential and commercial honors may be sent to Harriman Garden Club, P.O. Box 1422, Harriman, TN 37748 or jamie@acedemo.net.

  • Positive mental health essential for all children

    For 65 years, mental health organizations and advocates across the country have observed Mental Health Month in May.

    The 2014 Mental Health Month theme is “Mind Your Health.” As part of that, National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day on May 8 seeks to raise awareness about the importance of children’s mental health and remind the public that positive mental health is essential to a child’s healthy development from birth.

  • New Obed park flick to premiere

    The premiere of Obed Wild and Scenic River’s new park movie will be from 5 to 6:30 p.m. May 23 in the park’s visitor center at 208 N. Maiden St., Wartburg.

    The film, which lasts approximately 15 minutes, will be shown every half hour, with live musical interludes by the Shelter Road Band.

    This new park movie was more than a year in the making, with footage shot across all four seasons.

  • Rockwood struts its stuff as Purple Relay winner

    Rockwood City Hall is the winner of the Paint the Town Purple Award for the 2014 Roane County Relay for Life, an annual fundraising event for the American Cancer Society.

    Those at City Hall on hand for the banner presentation are, from left, Becky Ruppe, Belinda Puckett, Kim Ramsey, Sheila Ladd, Margaret Marrs, Teresa Craig, Christy Hughes, Fonna Cofer, Susan Thomas and Watts.

    Relay for Life took place last weekend at Roane State Community College.

  • Letter Carriers’ food drive to help Roane’s hungry

    Postal patrons can make a difference in their community this weekend with during the 2014 National Association of Letter Carriers’ food drive.

    The Stamp Out Hunger food drive will be on May 10.

    Postal patrons wishing to help may put bags of food beside their mailboxes that day.

    The donations will be picked up by letter carriers, taken to area post offices and delivered to community food banks.

    In Harriman, food donations will be given to M14 Ministries, an outreach ministry of Epic Church (formerly Courts of Praise Church).