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  • Weeklong Rockwood schools reunion gets under way June 4

    The ninth annual reunion for everyone who attended Rockwood schools will be June 4-10 at the Rockwood First Baptist Church lake property on Eagle Furnace Road.

    Activities are planned for every day of the week, with the big event culminating on June 9.

    Reservations are required and may be made by sending $20 per person to Rockwood Classmates, P.O. Box 12, Rockwood, TN 37854. In order to have adequate food prepared, registration is requested as soon as possible.

    The week’s activities starting on June 4 are:

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of May 30

    25 Years Ago
    Roane County Park opened its newly renovated swimming area, making it an enjoyable and comfortable atmosphere. Donated white plastic pipe enclosed the swimming area, one of the platforms received a new top, and the buildings were all painted, including the bathrooms. A stream runs right through the swimming area, so it acts as a natural purifier.

    10 Years Ago

  • The Garden Gate: Tulips inspired paintings, fests and a Tiny Tim ditty in the ’60s

    “Come tiptoe through the tulips with me,” was the refrain of a popular song from a number of years ago.

    It comes to mind now because  spring is when tulips are in bloom. Their beautiful colors of red, gold, white and variegated shades adorn gardens and parks.

  • Harriman Happenings-May 28

    Talya Denise Anderson graduated from Clinton High School on Sunday, May 13.

    Commencement exercises were at the University of Tennessee Thompson Boling Arena.

    Talya is the daughter of Talyon Anderson, granddaughter of Marvin and Anna Anderson. She is my great-granddaughter.

    Congratulations to you Talya, and I hope you continue your education. Love you.

    My other great granddaughter, Jenne B. Anderson, also graduated Friday from South Doyle High School in Knoxville. The commencement exercises were held at Thompson Boling Arena.

  • Blood drive set in Harriman

    Now through Labor Day, all blood donors to Medic Regional Blood Center will receive a coupon for a free chicken sandwich and a chance to win a pair of tickets good for any regular season Tennessee Smokies home baseball game.

    “The summer is a difficult time for us,” said Christi Fightmaster, Medic spokeswoman.

    Blood donations tend to decline during the summer months for many reasons, Fightmaster said.   

  • Farm payments deadline June 1

    Roane County farmers are reminded that June 1 is the deadline for Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments, the Direct and Counter-Cyclical Program and the Average Crop Revenue Election Program.

    “It is crucial that producers meet the deadline for these programs in order to receive disaster and income support,” said Linda R. Tipton, Roane/Loudon County USDA Farm Service Agency acting executive director.

  • DOE bus tours starting up June 4

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s 2012 Oak Ridge Facilities public bus tour begins June 4 and continues through Sept. 2.

    It offers visitors a first-hand look at the DOE’s Oak Ridge facilities and provides historical commentary on the transformation of the Oak Ridge Reservation during the past 65 years.

    The tour continues to be a focal point for tourists visiting the area. Since its inception in 1996, the DOE public tour program has attracted 26,000 visitors from all 50 states.  

  • Commodity foods to be distributed

    Mid-East Community Action Agency will have its quarterly distribution of USDA commodity foods this month.

    The schedule is:

    • Kingston Community Center, from 10 a.m. to noon June 13.

    • Mount Pisgah Baptist Church, Oliver Springs, from 2 to 3 p.m. June 13.

    • Harriman Community Center, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 14.

    • Rockwood National Guard Armory, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 15.

  • Make a splash at Rockwood pool come May 29

    The Rockwood Community Center Pool will open May 29 for the season.

    Public swim hours will be from 1 to 5 p.m. weekdays.

    Daily admission is $1.50 per person. Season passes are also available at $50 for individuals or $100 for families.

    Anyone younger than 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

    Swimming lessons will be offered in two sessions: June 11-22 and June 25-July 6.

    Lessons are $25 per session; preregistration is required at the community center.

  • The Garden Gate: Minty fresh can be a major annoyance

    Sometimes we become so exasperated at the way mint tends to take over our gardens that we threaten to do away with it entirely.

    In actuality we seldom do, because mint has a way of reminding us of its many uses. And the scent of mint is so refreshing on a hot early summer day.

    Herbals are filled with references to the virtues of mint.