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  • How Nutcracker ballet made us nuts

    Each holiday season, many families attend the only ballet they’ll see all year: “The Nutcracker.”
    But how did “The Nutcracker” become such a popular tradition?
    The story itself is quite old, and the one we see onstage is a popular adaptation by the French author Alexandre Dumas, best known for writing “The Three Musketeers.”
    Once the story made the leap from page to stage, history was in the making.
    Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky composed “The Nutcracker” as his final ballet, taking on the project with a marked lack of enthusiasm.

  • Rockwood Christmas Parade
  • Winter storm forecast; officials advise preparation

    November’s Indian Summer is a distant memory.

    Winter is here.

    With a spell of sub-freezing temperatures under our belts and a winter storm system rolling into East Tennessee this weekend, the general consensus is to prepare — whether it be your car, your home or yourself.  

  • Local link to Congress closes

    Outgoing U.S. Rep. Lincoln Davis was known for his accessibility to the public, particularly to the veterans in his district.

    The local offices, including the one in Rockwood, where many a veteran has successfully sought help gaining benefits or the medals they deserved, will be closing this week as Davis’ term draws to a close, according to his spokesman, Tom Hayden.

    Beth Hickman, Rockwood’s field representative for Davis, was recently hired at the Roane Alliance to serve as the CEO’s executive assistant.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Remembrances of some cold, cold winters

    Despite the date on the calendar, the darkness of winter has enveloped us and unusually cool December temperatures have us wondering:

    Will this be another winter of ’93? And for those of us who go back a little longer, we may wonder if this is another winter of ’77 or ’78.

    The winter of 1993 was my first full winter in Chicago. It felt less like a season than a lesson in suffering. Lake Michigan froze over so badly that shipping had to cease and the U.S. Coast Guard icebreaking vessels could not make a dent in it.

  • Lawyer foreclosing on Houston property

    A foreclosure sale has been scheduled next month on property the Houston family put up to secure the legal services of Cleveland attorney James Logan.

    In 2006, brothers Rocky and Leon Houston were accused of murdering a Roane County sheriff’s deputy and his ride-along friend.

    Logan defended Leon during two trials, one that ended with a hung jury and the other in full acquittal. Logan is the beneficiary on a deed of trust on four tracts of Houston land.

  • Local man has part in special Heartland production

    Christmas is the season to nestle close to family sharing the warmth of love and merriment.

    A special production of The Heartland Series airing Wednesday, Dec. 15, with the help of a Harriman native, shares a story of a young soldier who thinks he gets to do just that.

     The soldier is visiting his family on furlough during the holidays in December 1941 — only to have to return to duty early because Pearl Harbor is bombed.

  • Christmas Murder Mystery
  • EnergySolutions had tax lien

    A state tax lien was filed against EnergySolutions earlier this year.
    “Anytime the state of Tennessee files a tax lien, it is because of a delinquent taxpayer,” Sara Jo Houghland, director of communications for the Tennessee Department of Revenue, said.
    EngerySolutions is a nuclear services company headquartered in Salt Lake City.
    The company wants to import radioactive waste from Germany to its Bear Creek facility in Roane County. 

  • Property tax bills due by Feb. 28

    Roane County Trustee Wilma Eblen said her office hasn’t been overwhelmed, but the number of people stopping by to pay their 2010 property taxes has kept them busy.
    “We haven’t had lines, but it’s been a steady flow,” she said.
    The trustee’s office started taking payments on Nov. 24.
    The tax bills were mailed out last week.
    Eblen said approximately $725,000 has been collected so far. The deadline to pay without penalty is Feb. 28.