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  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Oct. 31

    25 Years Ago
    Best-selling author and columnist Erma Bom-beck was in Oak Ridge for a book signing. La-

  • Special wall pays homage to veterans

    About 30 percent of Victorian Square’s residents are veterans, and the assisted-living facility in Rockwood has developed a special wall to honor them.

    “We are blessed to have so many people living with us who served our country,” said Kelly Gibson, Victorian Square’s director of business development. “We want to show appreciation for them on a daily basis. This wall serves that purpose.”

  • Free driver safety course offered for vets in November

    In recognition of the dedication and service veterans have given to this country, they and their families are offered opportunities to take the AARP Driver Safety Training Course for free in November.

    The promotional offer is available to all military personnel who serve or have served in the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, National Guard/Reserves or Coast Guard.

    Dependents, including spouses/domestic partners, widows/widowers and children, are also eligible to take advantage of this promotion.

  • The Garden Gate: Fearsome plants haunt us all the year through

    Fearsome plants abound in Halloween lore and call to mind the legend of a poison garden rumored to have been part of the estate of Italy’s famous Borgia family in the 16th century, a time when poisoning was the preferred way of dealing with enemies and worrisome competitors.

  • Kingston Lions Club kicks off White Cane Days

    Kingston Lions Club this week will begin its annual campaign for raising funds for district projects.

    The drive is called White Cane Days, because the white cane is symbolic of aid to the blind.

    Some of the specific projects funded by the drive are East Tennessee Lions Eye Bank, Leader Dog for the Blind, Lions Volunteer Blind Industries, Tennessee School for the Blind and Tennessee School for the Deaf.

    These projects are representative of how the Lions use their motto: We Serve.

  • Harriman Happenings: Oct. 29

    Happy birthday to Janie Clemons, who celebrated her 86th birthday last Saturday.

    Her children who live out of town and those who are here came together and gave their mother a birthday dinner. Sheila Smith was included because she is like a daughter to Janie.

    Janie was one happy mother. Having her children home with her and all enjoying the meal that was prepared just for her.

  • Program aims to aid vets with housing

    The Department of Veteran’s Affairs has awarded grants to the Tennessee Valley Coalition to End Homelessness to serve veterans and their families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

    Roane County veterans can benefit from the Supportive Services for Veteran’s Families Program that promotes housing stability among very low income veteran families who live  in or are transitioning to permanent housing.

    Service provided include outreach, case management, and assistance in applying for VA and other benefits.

  • Development District honors senator

    State Sen. Ken Yager, R-Harriman, has been recognized by the Tennessee Development District for legislative achievements benefitting the people of the 12th Senatorial District and the state.

    Yager received the award last month at a meeting of the East Tennessee Development District in Knoxville.

    East Tennessee Development District is a voluntary association of 56 municipal and sixteen county governments in the mid-east region of Tennessee. The Tennessee Development District is an association of all nine districts throughout the state.

  • Medicare enrollment help offered

    The National Open Enrollment period for Medicare is under way through Dec. 7 and impacts more than 1.2 beneficiaries in Tennessee.

    Most of these beneficiaries will also be impacted by changes that are being made to their Medicare benefits, said Jim Shulman, executive director of Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability.

  • Claims due from Hispanic and women alleging discrimination

    Hispanic and women farmers and ranchers who allege discrimination by the USDA in past decades can file claims through March 25.  

    “Hispanic and women farmers who believe they have faced discriminatory practices from the USDA must file a claim by March 25, 2013 in order to have a chance to receive a cash payment or loan forgiveness,” said U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.