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Today's Features

  • Calling all lightning bug collectors: Scientists are calling for help.

    And the price is going up. This year, the price for fireflies has jumped to the all-time high of 50 cents per gram or $14.20 per ounce for a fresh supply of insects. This is approximately $2 per 100 average size bugs. (Approximately, because the insects are purchased by weight, not by count.)

  • Oliver Springs Police Department recently partnered with the Tennessee Highway Patrol in an effort to reduce traffic fatalities on Tennessee Roadways.

    THP started its “Drive to Zero” campaign in April. The goal of the campaign is to reduce traffic fatalities by 15 percent in 2014.

    The campaign addresses hazardous moving violations, distracted drivers, seat belt usage and driving under the influence.

  • David Moore has been named director of the American Museum of Science and Energy.

    The museum, owned by the U.S. Department of Energy, showcases the history of the Manhattan Project and the current scientific, energy and national security missions carried out by DOE facilities in Oak Ridge.

    Moore will be responsible for day-to-day operations of the museum at 300 S. Tulane Ave. in Oak Ridge, including exhibits, programs and community outreach.

  • Isabella Beeton wrote an enormous, 2,000-page book in the early 19th century.

    In “The Book of Household Management,” she devoted chapters to every phase of housekeeping — from duties of the various household servants and methods of cleaning, laundering and ironing to family legal matters such as leases, mortgages and wills to medical methods and nursing and the care of infants and children to the proper construction of houses and outbuildings, and methods of farming and care of animals.

  • 25 Years Ago
    In light of the closing of the Kayser-Roth hosiery plant and the loss of more than 1,000 jobs, Harriman City Council cut its tax rate from $2.67 to $1.50 per $100 valuation. The cut in the tax rate meant that Harriman City Schools received no funding from property taxes; instead, the school system was asked to rely on surplus funds, which were said to be in excess of $800,000. “We’re buying a year to make the hard decisions to plan for the future,” Harriman City Council member Jess Rittenhouse explained.

  • Experts with the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture are sounding the alarm on a tiny new pest that can cause significant damage to many fruit crops.

    The spotted wing drosophila is a vinegar fly (sometimes inaccurately called a fruit fly) from Asia. It was first detected in California in 2008. In 2011, the fly had reached blueberries in East Tennessee. By 2013 SWD damage had spread to 23 Tennessee counties, from Greene County in the east to Gibson County in the west.

  • Tom Clipner of Midway recently grew a 1-foot-long white radish in his garden on Loudon Hwy.

    Pastor of Maranatha Ministries of Midway, he said he used a lot of prayer to grow the bountiful harvest.

    "No spray or anything special — just prayer," he said, adding that God has blessed his garden.

  • Rockwood 2000 will have a Patriots Day ceremony from 9 to 10 a.m. Sept. 11 at Homecoming Park in downtown Rockwood.

    Military veterans, emergency personnel and community individuals will be honored, and a special tribute is planned for those who perished on Sept. 11, 2001.

    Special guest speakers and patriotic musical entertainment are planned.

    The event will also include a dedication of Memory Lane paver bricks.

    The bricks are offered at a special reduced price through Aug. 5.

  • Kingston Public Library will have free Saturday computer classes June 28 through July.

    A Microsoft Word class will be from 9:30-10:25 a.m., with a PowerPoint class from 10:30-11:25 a.m.

    Seating is limited; call 376-9905.

  • 25 Years Ago