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Today's Features

  • The rollicking operettas of Gilbert and Sullivan are full of songs that often come to mind. One that is especially timely right now begins, “Oh, the flowers that bloom in the spring, tra la.”

    This is a busy month. There are all kinds of occasions and events that make it memorable. And all kinds of images come to mind, like lions and lambs, the bridge between seasons, the voice of the turtledove and, of course, the wearing of the green for St. Patrick’s Day.

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  • The American Red Cross is introducing a new flood app to help save lives and reduce losses from floods and flash floods.

    This free app gives iPhone, iPad and Android smart phone users instant access to area and real-time information, so they know what to do before, during and after a flood.

    Content is available in English and Spanish based on the user’s language settings on his mobile device.

    The app includes location-based, audible NOAA flood and flash flood watches and warnings – even if the app is closed.

  • Obed Wild and Scenic River will have two free programs on April 5.

    Join National Park Service rangers for a free cup of coffee and informational sesion at Lilly Bridge from 10 to 10:30 a.m.

    The Climb With a Ranger program will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., beginning at Lilly Bridge.

    The park will provide all gear for rock climbing. Those participating should bring drinking water and sturdy footwear.

    Depending on participant interests and ability levels, participants will travel to one of several different climbing areas around the park.

  • The public is welcome to help celebrate the 65th anniversary of the American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge beginning at 2 p.m. March 19 in the museum lobby.

    The museum, originally named the American Museum of Atomic Energy, shares its anniversry opening date — March 19, 1949 — with the gate opening of the 1940s Secret City of Oak Ridge and the birth of twin girls, Madeleine Leigh and Amanda Anne, to Bill and Audrey Tewes.

  • Jim Henry, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services, and his wife, Pat, travel the state championing the cause of children and families at risk.

    The Kingston couple meet with Children’s Services employees and service providers, sharing their experiences as parents of a child with disabilities.

    The University of Tennessee at Knoxville College of Social Work will honor the Henrys for their work and advocacy March 25 with the 2014 Sen. Douglas Henry Award for Service to Children and Families at Risk.

  • Cole Thomas Tedder celebrated his fifth birthday on March 3 at Tri-City Bowling Lanes 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 a 10-year-old brother, Jace Simeon Tedder.

  • The Roane County Road Department is inviting Roane Countians to join together to keep Roane County — and America — beautiful.

    That’s why it is joining with other state and county agencies and community volunteers for a communitywide roadside litter cleanup from 8:30 to 3 p.m. March 20.

    “We at the Roane County Highway Department believe that no matter where we live, our community is a key aspect of life,” said Roane County Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson.

  • Now is the time to get ready to enjoy all those fresh vegetables out of the garden and to save money in the process.

    Now is also the time to get help doing it.

    Each year, beginning on April 1, Roane County Cooperative Ministry offers garden grants to help pay for starting a vegetable garden.

    This year, the Ministry is also teaming up with Roane County Agricultural Extension Agent Grant Palmer and the Master Gardeners to provide garden training on April 12.

    Garden grants provide up to $30 per family to low-income residents of Roane County.

  • Harriman Ministerial Association’s annual six-week Lunchtime Lenten Series is underway through the season in Harriman United Methodist Church.

    Community members are welcome to go to the church at Queen Avenue and Trenton Street at noon each Wednesday through April 16 for a brief worship service in the sanctuary.

    Various clergy will preach, and area choirs, ensembles and soloists — including an ensemble from the Roane County High School band — will present special music.