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  • Grand gift for old courthouse

    Roane County Heritage Commission President Charlotte Branson, right, accepts a $1,000 donation on the organization’s behalf from state Rep. Julia Hurley for the restoration of the old Roane County Courthouse, one of only seven original court houses still standing in the state.

    The commission receives grants and personal donations from private citizens and businesses, and the annual Gala is one of the major fundraising events. A museum is being set up.

  • Driving course cheaper for area school personnel

    AARP has a long history of supporting and celebrating educators.

    In 1947, Ethel Percy Andrus founded NRTA (formerly the National Retired Teachers Association) to help address the economic challenges and health needs of retired educators.

    It wasn’t until 1958 that Andrus opened the organization to all older Americans, and AARP was born.

    As such, AARP is planning its AARP Drivers Safety 2012 Educator Appreciation Promotion.  

  • Fishing Rodeo this weekend

    Lots of prizes and family fun are on tap for the 22nd annual Dennis Ferguson Fishing Rodeo this weekend.

    Registration for the event starts at 8 a.m. Aug. 4 at Roane County Park, with fishing to begin at 9. All bait will be furnished.

    This year’s grand prize is a 14-foot boat and troll motor, courtesy of Bunch Marine of Midtown. Another $3,000 in gift cards will be awarded, including four top prizes of gift cards worth $250 each.

  • Tribute to Elvis planned at the Princess

    Harriman City Schools Alumni Association will present “Elvis at the Princess!,” a tribute to Elvis Presley, at 7 p.m. Aug. 18 in Harriman’s downtown Princess Theatre.

    The tribute, featuring Oliver Springs native and award-winning Elvis tribute artist Greg Johnson, falls two days after the 35th anniversary of the death of Presley, a Memphis artist known worldwide as the King of Rock’n’Roll.

    Johnson is a regular performer at the Oldies Dinner Showplace in Pigeon Forge.

  • Kingston concert to benefit Special Olympics

    Three-time World Old-Time Piano-Playing Champion Brian Holland and drummer Danny Coots will perform in Kingston next weekend in a benefit concert to help Special Olympics Tennessee Area 30.

    The concert will begin at 7 p.m. Aug. 11 in Kingston United Methodist Church at 212 W. Church St.

    Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for those younger than 16 and are available at the church or Browder’s Ace Hardware in the Ladd Landing shopping center.

    Call Lee Schuiten at 771-7655 for details.

  • Sr. open house Thursday

    Roane County ElderWatch and Mid-East Community Action Agency’s Senior Services Department will host a senior open house from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Aug. 2 in the Mid-East office at 1362 N. Gateway Ave., Rockwood.

    Activities will include entertainment, refreshments, senior services information, door prizes, bingo, games and crafts.

    At 10:30 a.m. the winner of the World Elder Abuse Awareness Poster Contest will be recognized.

    All area seniors are welcome and encouraged to attend. Call 354-0450, Ext. 228, to register.

  • Harriman gas policies OK

    Harriman Utility Board recently received notification from the Tennessee Regulatory Authority  Gas Pipeline Safety Division that the agency has completed an inspection of Harriman’s gas department’s policy and procedures, and no violations were found.

    TRA scrutinized files that included plans for management integrity, identification of any threats to the integrity of the pipelines, assessing the risks to the system and implementation of plans to address those threats and the maintenance of records documenting leak repairs and corrosion control.

  • Kingston Police Explorers receive national accolades

    Kingston Police Explorer Post 376 will be presented with the United States Presidential Volunteer Service Award during Kingston’s National Night Out event on Aug. 7.

    The event will be from 5 to 9 p.m. at Kingston City Park Pavilion.

    The award recognizes valuable contributions volunteers make in their communities and is a means of thanking Americans who set a standard of service and inspire others to make service a central part of their lives.

  • The Garden Gate: Veggie eating law of the land in ancient Rome

    Everyone knows how important vegetables, greens and fruits are to our nutritional well being.

    We should give ourselves credit for having this knowledge — and for having the good sense to make salads an important part of every good dinner.

    It is nice to know that the ancient Romans felt just as smug about their nutritional expertise, since they also felt that a salad was an essential part of a good dinner.

    In fact, it was actually a matter of law. Romans were compelled to eat salads and greens.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Aug. 1

    25 Years Ago
    The unemployment rate for Roane County rose to 6.6 percent. Even so, a study ranked Roane County 28th out of 95 counties in terms of economical health. Eight economic and demographic variables were taken into consideration, and the outcome was considered a better indicator of economic health than any single variable such as unemployment.

    10 Years Ago