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  • Rockwood’s SWEET Christmas
  • Harriman man aims to feed downtrodden

    There will be plenty of room for the downtrodden and lonely at a special Christmas dinner at the Harriman Community Center from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17.

    Blake Kirkland, who is plugging along at opening The Open Door kitchen for the hungry at the former The Spot in downtown Harriman, is offering the meal with the help of other volunteers.

    “I am going to be serving turkey and dressing, mashed potatoes, green beans, etc. So anyone wanting to cook and help it would be great,” said Kirkland.

  • Public gives Pirate Fest thumbs up

    The organizers of the Tennessee Medieval Festival saw some positive signs in their fall production, the 2016 Pirate Fest.

    “Our goal was to create an October festival that people would like and would help fund and promote our May festival,” said co-founder Barrie Paulson.

    “Last year, we tried a Halloween event. It was an evening family-oriented event, but it was difficult for us,” she continued. “It was expensive to try and light the great outdoors, and we had low attendance.”

  • Not all view the holidays as a joyful time

    The holidays can be stressful for anyone, but for people with depression, the time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s can destabilize and sometimes debilitate.

    Stress-related events, such as the holidays, may trigger half of all depressive episodes. The good news is that knowing how to avoid common triggers can prevent an episode from occurring.

    “A relapse-prevention plan is key,” said Dr. John Langlow, medical director of New Directions Behavioral Health. “You can do a lot to lower the risk of relapse if you plan ahead.”

  • Moffitt on track to be first Recovery Court grad

    Billy Moffitt’s journey through the judicial system was nearly finished when he decided to take a longer but potentially more beneficial route through the Roane County Recovery Court.

    Moffitt struggled with marijuana use, which he said invaded his daily life.

    “I was obsessed with it, basically,” he admitted late last month.

    “I was on probation for a little over three years and never passed a single drug screening.”

    The drug started taking up Moffitt’s day.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Gas tax the toll we pay for roads

    Nobody likes taxes. It seems they are always going up.

    What’s worse, most of the time it’s hard to understand the benefits we receive from the taxes we pay.

    When I hear about a tax increase, my first thought is that the increase will just go toward more government spending on things that don’t really matter to me.

    The exception might be the gasoline tax. The gas tax money collected by the state of Tennessee goes to fund the building of new and repair of existing roads and bridges that I use every day.

  • Knights continue Michael Dunn support
  • Watts Bar levels drop early

    Despite the drought, TVA continued with its planned water drawdown this year.   

    “We begin the winter drawdown around Labor Day to reach winter pool by Dec. 1,” TVA spokesman Scott Brooks said. “This year, most of the system reached winter pool by early November.” 

  • Deck the Halls and help city landmark

    Capture the beauty of the season at Harriman’s Deck the Halls event.

    The Dec. 7-11 silent auction will feature creatively decorated Christmas trees, wreaths and other holiday items showcased in the old Harriman Post Office at 502 N. Roane St., in downtown Harriman.