Today's Features

  • For the dedicated gardener, anywhere is likely to be a spot to plant something — and anything is a likely container to plant it in.

    It isn’t necessary to have an acre of land to have a garden.

    For millions of people — apartment dwellers, people who live on houseboats, people whose occupations keep them on the road in campers and mobile homes — even a small plot is not available.

    Container gardening is the answer.

  • Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association members and the public are encouraged to celebrate the organization’s 15th anniversary during a reception on Sept. 11.

    The reception will be from 6 to 8 p.m. in the “Midway Gatehouse” — site of the group’s original meeting — on Scarboro Road, near the Y-12 Plant.

    Refreshments, displays and opportunities to view the historic building and its artifacts will be available.

  • Roane State Community College and the Oak Ridge Institute for Continued Learning are jointly launching a free intergenerational lecture series open to the public.

    James L. “Jamie” Cotton Jr., author of “The Greatest Speech, Ever: The Remarkable Story of Abraham Lincoln and His Gettysburg Address,” will give the first lecture in the inaugural series.

    The lecture will begin at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 18 in the lecture room in the new Goff Health Sciences and Technology building on Roane State’s Oak Ridge campus.

  • Abuse of prescription opioids — or pain medications — is the No. 1 drug problem for Tennesseans receiving publicly funded assistance for treatment services, according to statistics recently released by the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.

    Over the past decade, substance abuse admissions for prescription drugs like hydrocodone, oxycodone, morphine and methadone have increased 500 percent, the statistics show.

  • Midway High School’s class of 1962 had a 52-year reunion last month.

    The classmates also celebrated their 70th birthdays during the event in Paint Rock Church’s fellowship hall.

  • Rockwood 2000 will have a Patriots Day ceremony from 9 to 10 a.m. Sept. 11 at Homecoming Park in downtown Rockwood.

    Military veterans, emergency personnel, community individuals and those who perished on Sept. 11, 2001, will be honored.

    The event will include a dedication of Memory Lane paver bricks at the park.

    The bricks were offered at a reduced cost during the summer.

  • The week of Sept. 15-19 marks the ninth annual University of Tennessee vs. University of Florida blood drive competition

    Medic Regional Blood Center encourages all eligible donors and Vol fans to roll up their sleeves and give for the home team.

    “This friendly competition helps us increase our inventory and have fun with the football rivalry at the same time,” said Mike Prowell, Medic business development director.

    Medic will have a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 19 in Roane Medical Center’s Stowers Rotary Community Room.

  • In carrying out its mission of encouraging informed and active participation in government, Oak Ridge League of Women Voters will have a candidate forum on Sept. 17.

    The forum, free and open to the public, will be at 7 p.m. in the amphitheater of Oak Ridge High School at 1450 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

    Candidates running for office in Tennessee House Districts 32 and 33, Tennessee Senatorial District 5, and U.S. House of Representatives 3rd Congressional District have been invited to participate.

  • Arts in Motion will have auditions this weekend for the 2014 production of Roane County’s “The Nutcracker.”

    Auditions will be on Sept. 13 in Arts in Motion’s Kingston studio.

    The public is welcome to audition.

    Enrollment at Arts in Motion is not required to participate in the production.

    There is a $10 audition fee.

    Those interested in taking part in the party scene may drop by the studio at 1510 Roane State Hwy. to fill out a registration form from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sept. 13.

  • The Half-Moon Music Festival offers an afternoon of family-friendly entertainment on the shores of Watts Bar Lake in Ten Mile.

    This year’s festival will be on Sept. 14. Access is available via land or water.

    “It’s great seeing the boats line up every year,” said Wayne Tipps, festival organizer. “I also enjoy seeing all of our visitors on shore. We love hosting this event.”