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  • Muse Watson performance to raise funds for Princess Theatre

    Harriman’s Hollywood connection, veteran actor Muse Watson, will perform “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day,” a Dec. 21 holiday concert benefiting the Princess Theatre Foundation.

    Watson, who has a home in Harriman, will be accompanied by acclaimed pianist Dr. Eric Littleton.

    Littleton is a Harriman native who has a family medical practice in Sevierville.

    Tickets are $10 each and are available at Rocky Top General Store in South Harriman and the Harriman Jewelry Exchange.

  • Three new stars in Legacy Society

    The Michael Dunn Foundation hosted a reception and dinner earlier this month to honor new members of the Michael Dunn Foundation Legacy Society.

    The members honored at the Legacy Society reception and dinner were The Knights of Columbus- Council 8273; In Memory of Albert Clark by Doris Clark; and In Memory of Donald Brown by his aunt, Sarah Coram, who was represented by her niece, Teina Ingram.

  • The Garden Gate: Plants add festive touch to the holiday season

    Thanksgiving was fun. Its traditions, family gatherings, predictable menus and festive atmosphere are precious and a fitting introduction to several weeks of joyful anticipation and celebration.

    Christmas decorations are going up everywhere we look, and Christmas plants and flowers are making their appearance in stores, churches, public buildings and our houses.

    Tradition plays a large part here, too.

    Poinsettias, without which it would seem no holiday décor would be complete, are perhaps the most obvious.

  • Get in the holiday spirit with ‘The Nutcracker’

    Beautiful costumes, breathtaking scenery and a mostly Roane County cast performing to a Tchaikovsky soundtrack in Arts in Motion’s 2012 presentation of Roane County’s “The Nutcracker.”

    Performances in the O’Brien Theater on Roane State Community College’s main campus are scheduled for 7 p.m. Nov. 30-Dec. 1 and at 2 p.m. Dec. 2.

    School performances will start at 9:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Nov. 29.

    Tickets are $18 per person and are available at the door or by reservation by calling 376-0295.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Nov. 28

    25 Years Ago
    Dr. Robert Booher, a specialist in addictionology at Mountain View Recovery Center in Maryville, presented the Roane County Task Force Against Drug Abuse with the newest research data. “Chemical dependency, in the form of alcoholism or as an addiction to any other type of mood-altering drug, is a primary medical disease,” he said. Once the addict and his family understand the disease concept, hope can be regained; treatment can be sought; and recovery can begin.

    10 Years Ago

  • Free math, algebra tutoring for students, homework helpers and homeschoolers

    Free tutoring in basic math and algebra is being offered at the Kingston Community Center on Tuesday afternoons at 2 beginning immediately.

    Experienced tutor John Shacter is taking anyone who is interested in learning and is in the fourth grade or higher.

    Anyone needing help should come by or call Jo Ann Knies at the community center, or talk to  Shacter at 719-0336.

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  • Paver brick prices dropped to honor vets

    Rockwood 2000 installed more than 400 engraved paver bricks for area veterans in the city's Homecoming Park at West Rockwood Street and Front Avenue.

    Its popularity has prompted the organization to again offer area veterans a discount on 8-by-8-inch paver bricks for Memory Lane, Rockwood 2000's ongoing project.

    This is a wonderful way to remember and recognize your loved ones who have served or are now serving in the armed forces," said project Chairman Maurice Greif.

  • ‘Nutcracker 2012’ helping shelter pets

    Those planning to attend next weekend’s performances of “The Nutcracker 2012” are urged by staff and students of Arts in Motion  studios to open their hearts to help the county’s homeless pets.

    Members of the audience are asked to donate pet food prior to each performance in the O’Brien Theater of Roane State Community College’s main campus.

    Performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. Nov. 30-Dec. 1 and at 2 p.m. Dec. 2. School performances will start at 9:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Nov. 29.

  • The Garden Gate: Abrams ensures we’ll always have trees

    The oldest living things on earth are trees.

    The famous Cedars of Lebanon are still just as the Bible describes them, but older still are Bristlecomb pines, which are native to the American Southwest, and have been dated back about 5,000 years.

    People have been fascinated for hundreds of years with bonsai, the tiny trees and miniature landscapes considered to be a living art. Bonsai, the smallest trees in the world, were developed in the Orient generations ago.

  • Santa rides the rails next month

    For the first two weekends of December, Santa Claus will leave his sleigh in the garage and climb aboard the Secret City Scenic Excursion Train.

    He will be aboard the excursion rides on Dec. 1-2 and Dec. 8-9 and is sure to delight children as he and Mrs. Claus make their way through the coaches passing out Christmas gift bags and posing for pictures.

    Southern Appalachia Railway Museum volunteers will have the train all decked out in true holiday style to add to the enjoyment of the trips and the season.