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Today's Features

  • Another possum story I have to tell you: this 90-year-old lady grew up on a small farm in the community of Swan Pond, where possums were plentiful. Even some folks enjoyed hunting them for food.

    Among them was a nearby neighbor who not only hunted them but also enjoyed the tasty meat!

    He didn’t know how to cook anything, let alone a possum, so he brings it over to our house and ask my Mama to cook it for him.

  • Rockwood 2000 is among the newest supporters of the Roane County Literacy Council with a donation of $250.

    The council serves as an advisory board for the Roane State Community College/Roane County Adult Education Program in Rockwood.

    The donation was presented to Paul Woodward, president of the Roane County Literacy Council and Melissa Browder, director of Adult Education, last week by Mary Kau, vice president of Rockwood 2000.

  • The Free Medical Clinic of Oak Ridge has treated more than 1,600 individuals in 4,500 individual visits during its first two years of operation, board members recently learned during a three-year strategic planning meeting.

    The goal of the board is to continue the clinic’s mission, “People Caring for People,” and to increase services and hours at the clinic, which sees a number of patients from Roane County.

  • 25 Years Ago
    A 45-pound beaver was found dead by the side of the road. It was believed to be one of three beavers that constructed a 7-foot-high dam in Walnut Hill off Hwy. 27. Its tail was 12 inches long and 5 inches wide. Harriman taxidermist Johnny Newberry stuffed the beaver for permanent display in the Harriman Utility Board lobby. Because of its uniqueness, the dam drew so many visitors that officials built a walkway leading to and from the site.

    10 Years Ago

  • Cole Thomas Tedder celebrated his third birthday on March 3, with a Thomas and Friends-themed party at Harriman Community Center with family and friends.  

    He is the son of Marty and Robin Tedder of Harriman.

    Grandparents are Ernest and Barbara Tedder and Charles and Becky Lamance, all of Harriman.  

    Cole has an 8-year-old brother, Jace Simeon Tedder.

  • By Ellen Probert Williamson
    In ancient times, spices and perfumes were interchangeable. Herbs were used for everything from cooking and decorating to medicine.

    Rose water and musk were used to flavor foods. Vanilla and cinnamon were used as perfume.  Frankincense and myrrh, used both in the kitchen and in perfumes, were the gifts chosen for the Christ Child because they were the most valuable commodities in the ancient world.

  • Medic Regional Blood Center is in need of all blood types.

    “Medic Regional Blood Center continues to struggle to meet the needs of their service area of 21 counties and 27 area hospitals,” said Christi Fightmaster of Medic public relations.

    A number of opportunities are available to give blood in Roane County in the coming days. They include:

     April 5 — Oliver Springs Food City, Medic mobile unit, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

  • Pastor Shawn Hatfield and his wife, Heather, will help One Faith Community Church, Rockwood, commemorate its third anniversary with a special celebration during the 11 a.m. worship service April 1 in Roane County Skating Center on North Gateway Avenue.

    The celebration will also commemorate Hatfield’s fifth year in the ministry.

  • The Harriman Music Club’s annual community Palm Sunday program will be presented at 2:30 p.m. April 1 in West Hills Presbyterian Church at 506 West Hills Drive, Harriman.

    Vocal and instrumental soloists, ensembles and choirs from the community will provide musical selections in remembrance of this day.

    The Harriman Music Club presents the program as its annual gift to the Roane County community.

  • Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Lauren M. Manning recently graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio.

    Daughter of Rebecca and Ronnie Manning of Oliver Springs, she is a 2007 graduate of Clinton High School.

    The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.