Today's Features

  • Bananas, as a food, are far older than recorded history. Their earliest home is believed to be the tropical regions of South Asia.

    The armies of Alexander the Great found bananas rowing abundantly in the valley of the Indus in 327 B.C. He learned that dried roots could be carried long distances and would then grown anywhere that the climate was suitable.

  • A senior information fair and fish fry is planned form 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. May 29 in Brittain Village Community Room at Oliver Springs Housing Authority.

    A joint effort between the Offices on Aging in Roane, Morgan and Anderson counties, the event will offer county-specific information on a variety of matters.

    Topics will include disease management programming, physical fitness opportunities, recreational outings, Medicare counseling, senior nutrition and home- and community-based options.

  • Roane County seniors who are aging into Medicare or are newly retired may benefit from an upcoming Medicare 101 workshop.

    The workshop, beginning at 1:30 p.m. in Mid-East Community Action Agency Senior Services Department at 1362 N. Gateway Ave., Rockwood, will review information about Part A, B, C, and D of Medicare and options available for Medicare coverage.  

  • On May 25, Obed Wild and Scenic River staff will lead the park’s first hike dedicated to researching the possible presence of the allusive and invasive armadillo.

    Obed park rangers will conduct a short, informative hike along the Emory River Nature Trail, during which participants will be taught more about this mysterious creature and the risks that such non-native species can pose to an ecosystem.

    Participants should meet at the Rock Creek Campground at 2 p.m. and should wear appropriate clothing and sturdy shoes.

  • Looking for a cheap way to give children a fun-filled week-long experience this summer?

    The Salvation Army has a children’s summer camp experience that doesn't cost a thing, said Bob Lepsig, a board member of the Roane and Morgan Counties Salvation Army Service Unit.

    Parents in Roane and Morgan counties have until 5 p.m. June 14 to return completed applications for their child to attend the free summer camp the week of July 1-6.

    The camp is for children ages 7-12.

  • Clymersville Baptist
    Clymersville Baptist Church, Rockwood, will have its vacation Bible school from 6 to 8:30 p.m. June 2-5 in the church at 662 Clymersville Road. “Colossal Coaster World” is the theme; classes will be available for nursery through adult.

    Childs Memorial Baptist
    Vacation Bible school at Childs Memorial Baptist Church, Harriman, will be from 6 to 8:45 p.m. June 10-14 at the church at 402 Childs Road. Supper will be served daily. Call 354-6544 for details or transportation.

    • Bethel Presbyterian Church, Kingston, will have a tai chi class at 9 a.m. in the church at 203 S. Kentucky St. Call 376-6340 for more information.

    SUNDAY, MAY 26
    • New Hope Baptist Church, Rockwood, will have a communitywide homecoming during its morning worship service. Sara Webster will provide special singing; lunch will be served afterward. The church is at 1010 New Hope Road.

  • An account has been established at Y-12 Federal Credit Union in Midtown to accept donations for Ray "Sterling" Wyrick.

    Wyrick, who friends say suffers from a lot of ongoing health problems, lost his Mans Hollow Road home and belongings in a house fire on April 27.

    Call Diana Matheson at 435-9697 or 210-3137 for details.

  • The 10th annual reunion for all Rockwood High School alumni will be June 3-9 at the Rockwood First Baptist Church lake property on Eagle Furnace Road.

    Activities, including an ice cream social, pot luck dinner, game night and dancing will be featured during the week.  

    The main attraction will be a catered lunch on Saturday. Reservations are required.

    The lunch will be preceded by class photos and followed by an auction.  

    The Rev. Kenneth Clayton will conduct a church service Sunday morning.

  • A border of day lilies really dresses up your garden. All the pretty flowers are in bloom for only one day at a time, but the blooms are so prolific and replace each other so fast that it is hard to realize they are so well named. Because that’s what they are, one day at a time, day lilies.

    The exuberant and lovely blossoms are among the most satisfactory and easy-care flowers one could imagine for any American or Canadian garden, and they flourish especially well in the gardens of Tennessee.