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Today's Features

  • Roane County Master Gardeners’ training classes will begin Aug. 22.

    Classes will be from 1 to 5 p.m. each Thursday through Oct. 12 in Roane County Univer-sity of Tennessee Extension Office at 3074 Roane State Hwy., Midtown.

    Class topics include basic botany, plant diseases, soils, fruit and vegetable gardening and ornamentals.

    The $150 registration fee includes all training materials.

    Completed applications and payment must be received by Aug. 15; applicants are subject to a background check.

  • Nestled at the foot of Windrock Mountain, the sleepy little town of Oliver Springs has the distinction of being located in part of three counties.

    Often feeling they struggle to be recognized, the town’s Historical Society has been restoring a 1928 garage to house a museum and event center.

    Like “OZ,” Roane County’s “OS” has its own movie, “October Sky.”

  • “Murder in the End Zone,” a special Harriman Lions Club dinner theater/tailgate party in commemoration of the organization’s 100th anniversary, will begin at 7 p.m. Aug. 26 in the Harriman American Legion Hall at 624 Morgan St.

    Tickets are $40 per person and include a tailgate dinner buffet, dessert bar and interactive murder mystery.

    A silent auction is also planned.

    Tickets may be purchased at The Roane Alliance at 1209 N. Kentucky St., Kingston.

  • As summer winds down and school bells are ready to ring, soak in the last precious moments of the season with a vacation around Tennessee.

    Songbirds Guitar Museum, Chattanooga, houses more than 300 rare, vintage guitars.

    Acoustic, electric, jazz, bass, mandolin and banjo guitars are all on display, providing a stunning visual of music history from the 1930s to 1970s. Tack onto your visit access to The Vault to see 60 timeless, vintage guitars that have been a driving force to today’s culture.

  • The Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge offers special activities for children and families each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and on the third Sunday of each month.

    The activities, all free with admission, are:

  • First Friday Quilters/Sewing Group will meet in monthly session at 10 a.m. May 5 in Kingston Community Center.

    Those wishing to attend are asked to bring a project to work on and a lunch.

  • Harriman Lions Club will have its annual “World’s Greatest Pancake Breakfast” from 7 to 11 a.m. May 6 in Roane Street Grill at 812 N. Roane St., Harriman.

    Tickets are $8 each or two for $15 for adults, $4 for ages 10 and younger, and includes pancakes, bacon, sausage, eggs, coffee, orange juice and milk.

    Proceeds will go toward funding the organization’s various community charities.

    Call President Jerry Turbyville for more about the Harriman Lions Club or assistance with vision care.

  • USDA Tennessee Farm Service Agency offers targeted farm ownership and farm operating loans to assist underserved applicants as well as beginning farmers and ranchers.
    “Each year, a portion of FSA’s loan funds are set aside to lend to targeted underserved and beginning farmers and ranchers,” said  FSA Acting Executive Director, Tyeisha Samples.

  • The Harriman Lions Club is gearing up for its annual fundraiser, “World’s Greatest Pancake Breakfast” to help fund its many charities.

    The breakfast will be from 7 to 11 a.m. May 6 in Roane Street Grill at 812 N. Roane St., Harriman.

    Generous portions of pancakes, bacon, sausage, eggs, coffee, orange juice and milk will be available for $8 for adults, $15 for couples and $4 for ages 10 and younger.

    The Harriman Lions Club has provided exams and glasses for many people over the last 60 years.

  • A Medic mobile blood drive is planned later this month at Grande Vista Bay.

    The blood drive will be from 3:30 to 6 p.m. April 26 at 1405 New Hope Road, Rockwood.

    All donors will be required to show identification.

    Each donor will receive a free T-shirt and coupon for a free appetizer.

    Call 524-3074 or visit www.medicblood.org for details.