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Today's Features

  • Your holiday visitors will be surprised when they discover that this rich and creamy eggnog requires absolutely no cooking — and you’ll be happy that this no-fail treat can be ready in less than five minutes.

    1 1/2 cups half-and-half
    1 cup egg substitiute
    1 cup vanilla ice cream
    2 tablespoons sugar
    1 tablespoon vanilla extract
    1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, Ground
    1/4 teaspoon imitation rum extract

    1. Place all ingredients in blender container. Cover. Blend 1 minute or until well-mixed.

  • Celebrate the holidays in The Town That Temperance Built during the Harriman Christmas Tour this weekend.

    Now in its 21st year, the tour spotlighting Victorian homes and historic buildings will be from noon to 6 p.m. Dec. 10 and from 1 to 6 p.m. Dec. 11.

    Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for ages 6-12; ages 5 and younger are admitted free.

  • The historic Harriman Public Library continues its tradition this weekend as a mainstay on the city’s Christmas Tour.

    The library and a gift shop will be open during tour hours — from noon to 6 p.m. Dec. 10 and from 1 to 6 p.m. Dec. 11.

    The library, one of 2,509 libraries built with funds provided by steel magnate and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, has been in Harriman for more than 100 years as a place of learning and enrichment.

  • The electro-acoustic progressive blues rock band Quartjar will usher in the holidays during the Noisy Nights finale at American Museum of Science and Energy on Dec. 17.

    Admission is free to the program, which is from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Pizza by the slice will be offered for sale, and Oak Ridge Garden Club will decorate the lobby for the event.

    The family friendly evening event features Randall Brown on guitar and vocals, Malcolm Norman on bass and Tory Flanniken on drums and harmonica.

  • Members of the Roane County Disc Golf Club flank Roane County Parks and Recreation Director Tony Brown, front at right, who accepts a $320 check from the group from the summer’s Tuesday-night tournaments played at Roane County Park.

    On hand for the presentation are, from left, Victor Poole, Mike Devuono, Kelly Jenkins, Chris Irish, Jack Elliot, Robby Jones, Brown, Fred Wederland, Gary Buell, Dylan Parrish and Darren Settles.

  • Renowned photographer Bill Fortney will present his art and testimony at 6 p.m. Dec. 11 in Morrison Hill Christian Church, Kingston.

    Fortney worked as a professional photographer for many years and now is a self-described “very serious amateur.” He works for Nikon as a professional services tech representative and has worked at space shuttle launches, air races, air shows, The PGA Masters and Championships, NASCAR races, the Kentucky Derby and the Breeder’s Cup.

  • By Ellen Probert Williamson
    Evergreen and holly wreaths are everywhere during the holiday season, but all kinds of wreaths adorn our houses the rest of the year.

    They include wreaths of grapevine, straw, dried flowers and herbs, ribbon bows and lace ruffles. Even such unlikely materials as pretzels and macaroni make their appearance, not to mention straw hats wreathed with blossoms and ribbons.

    One wonders whether the residents of all those houses realize what an ancient tradition they are following.

  • The Henry Center had two Orange and White Days during football season to show support for Coach Derek Dooley and the University of Tennessee Volunteers.

  • The Tennessee Historical Commission has extended the nomination deadline to Dec. 31 for its Certificate of Merit Awards.

    The award is designed to honor individuals or groups who worked to preserve Tennessee’s cultural heritage during 2011.

  • The East Tennessee Preservation Alliance welcomes Roane Countians to submit nominations of the county’s endangered historic places or structures to be included in the 2012 East Tennessee’s Endangered Heritage list.

    Nominations are accepted from Roane, Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Claiborne, Cocke, Grainger, Hamblen, Jefferson, Knox, Loudon, Monroe, Morgan, Scott, Sevier and Union counties until Jan. 11, 2012.