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Today's Features

  • The library at Roane State Community College’s main campus in Roane County will remain closed through Aug. 16 while work continues to install a new HVAC system.

    The Oak Ridge campus library remains open on its normal schedule. The main campus library is scheduled to reopen Aug. 17.

    Those needing library help may call the Oak Ridge campus library at 865-481-2004.

  • Gardens are flowers, trees, shrubs, pools, fruits, vegetables, paths, birds and weeds.

    Sometimes, they are buildings, too.

    Consider old-fashioned summerhouses, gazebos, trellises, arbors, lattices, porticos, pergolas and porches.

    Trelliswork is an old garden art that began as an openwork or fence to support climbing plants. It sometimes was used as the framework of an arbor.

    All of this conjures up a vision of Victorian gardens with climbing roses and morning glories and lemonade in the pergola.

  • 25 Years Ago
    After two months of hearings and workshops, the Roane County Commission finally passed a budget. The new budget reflected a 68-cent property tax rate increase to bring the tax rate up to $2.71 per $100 valuation. The delay in passing the budget also delayed the opening of Roane County and Harriman City schools by one week due to a lack of available funds.

    10 Years Ago

  • Jamie Elizabeth Pierce and William Matthew Bullock, both of Rockwood, were married on June 23 in Luminary United Methodist Church, Ten Mile.

    Pastor Adam Barnes officiated during the 5 p.m. ceremony.

    The bride is the daughter of James and Laura Pierce of Ten Mile.

    The groom is the son of William and Brenda Bullock of Oak Ridge.

    The bride was escorted by her father. Marie Nora Pierce served as her sister’s maid of honor.

    Todd Walker of Kingston was the groom’s best man.

  • Five generations of Aliene Lynch’s family recently gathered.

    The five generations include, from left, Lynch; her daughter, Cherri Birge; her great-great-grandson, Gabriel Burnett; her great-granddaughter, Tabetha Phillips; and her grandson, William “Bill” Phillips III.

  • Visiting me Tuesday, Aug. 7, were Joyce Ward and Jessica Humphreys.

    They came and cleaned my room for me.

    Lorene Pinkerton and her son, Trevor Walls, from Spartanburg, Fla., visited Joyce Ward for four days.

    While here they visited her daughter, Emily and Wyatt Ward in Knoxville.

    We enjoyed very much a family dinner at Junior's Restaurant in Rockwood Tuesday.

  • Saturday, Aug. 4, Oak Grove Baptist Church celebrated its annual choir anniversary. Curtis Anderson was master of ceremony.

    Six great choirs provided the music for this service, and Evangelist Dorothy Mitchell was guest soloist.

    All sang from their hearts and all who attended were truly blessed. This is where Paul Taylor is pastor.

    We pray that your choir will continue to sing praises in songs to God.

  • The U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge facilities public bus tour ends Aug. 31, marking the last day of the 2012 season.

    The tour, which includes stops at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Y-12 National Security Complex  and East Tennessee Technology Park, provides historical commentary on the transformation of the Oak Ridge Reservation during the past 65 years.

    So far this season, 1,099 visitors from 36 states have participated in the summer tour.