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  • The Garden Gate: Spud wonders helped bring it to the forefront

    Common in origin, lacking the symmetry and color of more glamorous vegetables — even sometimes defamed for its carbohydrate content — the potato’s place in history is still important.

    Enjoyed by rich and poor alike, it is a powerhouse of nutrition. It is estimated that 12 million tons of potatoes are consumed annually. Potatoes rank with rice, wheat and corn as the world’s most important crops.

  • Harriman to mark Memorial Day

    The city of Harriman will honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for freedom with a Memorial Day celebration on May 26.

    The event includes a parade and free concert as tributes to those who have served and paid the ultimate price in keeping America safe.

    The commemoration begins at 1 p.m. with the opening of Harriman American Legion Hall museum.

  • Shrine paper sale starts May 14

    Jon Loden, left, owner of Loden’s Auto Body Center in Kingston, makes a $1,000 donation to help kick off the annual Shrine Paper Sale fund drive for Shriners Hospitals for Children.

    Roy Ford accepts the donation.

    The paper sale will be May 14-20.

    “People like Noble Jon Loden and the generosity of the people of Roane County help keep the hospitals operating,” Ford said.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of May 9

    25 Years Ago
    Southern Alloys and Metal Corp. in Rockwood sustained nearly $1 million worth of damage due to a fire. It was thought the suspicious fire was set to cover the tracks of a robbery. One safe was broken into.

    10 Years Ago
    Cheryl Sanders, a Dyllis resident, broke new ground by becoming the first female to be promoted to lieutenant in the history of the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

    Five Years Ago

  • Conference to warn youths to danger of drugs

    Authorities and professionals agree that Roane County has a serious drug problem involving different kinds of drugs.

    The usual culprits in drug arrests involve illegal substances such as marijuana, methamphetamine, cocaine and LSD.

    But beyond these illegal drugs, legally prescribed medications are being stolen and misused by today’s drug addicts.

  • Discussion to focus on old Oak Ridge cabin

    Freels Bend Cabin, the oldest historical structure in Oak Ridge, will be the focus of the May 10 meeting of the Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association.

    The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at the cabin, which is on U.S. Department of Energy-restricted land but is open to the public for this meeting.

    Louise Freels will discuss stories of her youth spent in the structure that was built in 1844.

  • Back ... and ‘plaider’ than ever: Go all checked out to Rockwood 2000 gala

    Rockwood 2000 kicked off last summer with something new and different — and Plaid-a-Palooza was such a suc-
    cess that the group’s members decided to do it again this year.

    The 2012 Plaid-a-Palooza party will be from 6 to 9 p.m. May 18 in Rockwood Street Grill.

    “It is simply to come and have fun celebrating the beginning of summer,” said Sandy McIntosh of Rockwood 2000. “So come out and enjoy the fun.

    Those who attend are encouraged to wear their favorite and funky plaid duds.

  • 'Round Rockwood: May 7

    I have been thinking about how hope can bring much joy and happiness into our life.

    If we hope for the best, then most often our hopes will come true.

    It sometimes brings us showers of blessings, just when we need them most. A visit from a friend we haven’t seen in months, like just yesterday, when my friend Anna Lou Calkins came for a brief visit, taking time out of her busy day to see me.

    A nice lady I had hoped would surely stop by if she could find me here
    at Victorian Square. She did.

  • Harriman Happenings: May 7

    Alma Kilgo Moore recently passed away in Centinela Medical Center in Inglewood, Calif.

    Service was held for her at Panuel Missionary Baptist Church, where she was a faithful member.

    Alma was a resident of Harriman, so they had a service for her here at Evans Mortuary on Tuesday, May 1. The Roane County Community Chorus provided the music, and Margie Moore sang a solo. The Rev. James Guthrie gave the eulogy.

  • Reichle honored for prose

    Donna Reichle of Kingston was honored during a writing contest in conjunction with the recent Tennessee Mountain Writers annual conference.  

    Reichle received second-place recognition in the Inspirational category for “The Infusion Room.”

    Conference workshop leaders were Joseph Bathanti, fiction; Doris Gove, writing for young people; Katy Koontz, editing; Karen McElmurray, nonfiction; and Rita Quillen, poetry.

    Nashville essayist and novelist Lorraine Lopez was the banquet speaker.