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Today's Features

  • James Gibson of Holston Gases in Harriman donated $500 to the Rockwood Ministerial Association’s food pantry for Christmas.

    Gibson said Holston Gases encourages other Roane County businesses to support area food pantries.

  • Christmas is so much a time of traditions, customs, historic associations and reminiscing that it’s interesting to know how some of them began.

    The second bishop of Rome, Telesphorus, declared in the second century A.D. that public church services should be held to celebrate the Nativity of the Lord.

    And in 320 A.D., Pope Julius I, agreeing with other religious leaders, specified that Dec. 25 should be recognized as the official date of the birth of Jesus Christ.

    Singing Christmas carols was a new idea in the church services of the 13th century.

  • 25 Years Ago
    Harriman’s Walnut Hill Elementary placed fifth of 17 entrants in the elementary curriculum and instruction category of the National Rural and Small Schools Consortium competition. Honors were accepted by Walnut Hill Principal Larry Sills and first-grade teacher Linda Roberts; Harriman City Schools Superintendent Gene Thurman, Harriman City Schools Supervisor of Instruction Bill Powers, Harriman Board of Education member Frank Mee and Tennessee Department of Education representative Charlene Hill.

  • Road construction won’t delay travelers during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

    The Tennessee Department of Transportation is once again halting all lane closure activity on interstates and state highways in anticipation of higher traffic volumes across the state.

    No temporary lane closures will be allowed for construction on Tennessee roadways beginning at 6 a.m. Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, through 6 a.m. Jan. 2.

  • Roane State Community College’s Continuing Healthcare and Safety Education Department is accepting sign-ups for its wilderness first responder course.

    The class, at the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont, is designed for those who operate extensively in the outdoors, such as outdoors enthusiasts, wilderness guides, environmental educators and missionaries.

    The course will be Jan. 19-26.

    A refresher course for those who have already taken wilderness first responder is scheduled for Jan. 31-Feb 2.

  • Rockwood 2000 refurbished Rockwood’s “Star on the Mountain” this year.

    Bulb replacement was among the tasks taken up by the revitalization group.

    The star, which sits on a fire tower atop Mount Roosevelt, shines over the valley at Christmas.

    It has been a beacon of hope and faith for Rockwood since 1990 and has been lit for each holiday season since, as well as for special Rockwood and national events.

  • ’Tis the season for giving, and Harriman’s historic Temperance Building is among gift recipients this year.

    Harriman Temperance Restoration Committee received a donation in excess of $400 from Harriman Merchants Association.

    The gift was presented by Harriman Merchants Association President Kim Inman and Treasurer Nancy Jacoby to Mike Demyanovich, president of the restoration committee.

  • The Harriman Garden Club recently presented its December Beautification Awards.

    Winning the residential award were Chuck and Wendy Flora at 399 Vernal St., Harriman. All have been invited to ride by to enjoy the fantastic displays of lights.

    Eddie’s Body Shop, at 514 Emory Drive, Harriman, is the recipient of the commercial December Beautification Award.

  • Last Saturday evening, Gloria Ward, Marie Frazier, Carolyn Clemmons, the Rev. Jesse L. Williams and Louise Warmley attended the retirement banquet for Pastor Harold Middlebrook, who is retiring from Canaan Baptist Church in Knoxville.

    About 350 guests attended the banquet.

    The Rev. William Caldwell from Clinton and the Rev. Rusty Flemmons from New York City roasted Pastor Middlebrook. Melvin Kimbrow from “I Won’t Complain” in Cleveland, Ohio, attended.

    Afterward, dinner was served. This was a delicious dinner.

  • Roane County Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson and his department will offer Christmas tree recycling from Jan. 6-9 at the road department at 3072 Roane State Hwy., Midtown.

    Ferguson said the success of last year’s event and the number of requests received so far prompted the decision.

    Trees will be recycled from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

    Wreaths and garland are also welcome, but brush is prohibited.

    The public is asked to remove all tinsel, lights and decorations before taking trees to be recycled.

    Call 882-9782 for details.