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  • There’s a curvy shaded lane that leads to the entry of the subdivision where I live.

    Two brindle cur dogs have prowled a particular curve where I must slow down to safely drive through.

    For two years these mutts have crouched in the ditch, camouflaged by their colors, ears laid back and eyes just above the ditch line.

    When they think I have exposed my flank, they attack the cars wheels, snapping and snarling as though to tear them apart.

  • By Julia Hopper Daniel, For Roane Newspapers
    Samuel William Harper, president of the Knoxville College class of 1942, made a farewell speech entitled, “Looking Back with Chins Up,” on May 25, 1942.

    “The class of ‘42 will scatter after this day and will embark in various professions,” he said. “Some of us will be immediately united with our brothers in the armed forces of the nation, others will teach, and others will continue in graduate work.”

  • Your holiday visitors will be surprised when they discover that this rich and creamy eggnog requires absolutely no cooking — and you’ll be happy that this no-fail treat can be ready in less than five minutes.

    1 1/2 cups half-and-half
    1 cup egg substitiute
    1 cup vanilla ice cream
    2 tablespoons sugar
    1 tablespoon vanilla extract
    1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, Ground
    1/4 teaspoon imitation rum extract

    1. Place all ingredients in blender container. Cover. Blend 1 minute or until well-mixed.

  • In the depths of the Depression, Sam Reed wanted to join the Boy Scouts.

    Problem was, his family could not afford the dues of 5 cents a week, and he was forced to quit after a couple of weeks.

    That did not stop his desire to serve scouting later in life.

    He encouraged his oldest son, Charles to join the Cub Scouts through Harriman First Presbyterian Church in 1957. And when his youngest son, Gordon, became old enough, Sam started a Cub pack for him.

  • Luther Mayton, 81, of Harriman, formerly of Oliver Springs, died Saturday, July 9, 2011, in Harriman Health Care and Rehabilitation Center.

  • Welzie Swafford, 57, graduated high school after 40 years Thursday evening.

    The success was especially sweet for Swafford. It was his fifth attempt in a straight 34-month period.  

    Swafford received his GED through Roane State Community College’s Adult Education program during its graduation ceremony in Roane State’s theater.

    While signing up for Social Security and disability for disc problems, Swafford was advised to finish high school after all this time.

  • Rockwood's Josh Rose: 'Being part of something bigger'

  • When Kingston resident Larry Gabbard sits down at the potter’s wheel, there’s no telling what might come of it.

    Each technique offers something different. Glaze, temperature and clay all play their parts in the methodical and creative process. The possibilities seem endless.

    Samples of his creativity are being featured at the Kingston Public Library through the rest of the month.

  • Roane State Community College’s Equestrian Club is gearing up to make a name for itself.

    While the club welcomes skilled, long-term horse riders, the team also encourages newcomers wanting to learn the tricks of the trade.

    Seeing her friends perform on the Middle Tennessee State University Equestrian Team, Roane State student Katie Wigginton decided Roane State needed their own.

    After a few months of petitioning, working with the Student Government Association and paperwork, her idea came to fruition in November.

  • “It's going to be sweet,” Jim Crawley said while testing the organ he recently brought from Nashville.
    He’s part of a jam band started nearly five years ago with Bobby Wright, Ron Duncan, Bruce Bagwell and Rolla Lunsford, performing Bluegrass music in Harriman's Riverfront Park during the summer.
    As word of mouth spread, eventually the band evolved to more than 10 members.

  • For many, Christmas has been long over.
    The gifts have been unwrapped; the tree has been taken down; the new year has already been celebrated — but really, the traditional Christmas season only recently ended Jan. 6.
    In the kitchen at Luminary United Methodist Church in Ten Mile, Lynnea McHenry cooked for the church’s 12-course meal celebrating the famed 12 days of Christmas, which ended with Epiphany. The meal is a fundraiser for the church.

  • Noah Robert Pressley, nestled in the arms of his mother, Jessica Morgan of Roane County, decided to skip his original Christmas due date, opting instead for a New Year’s Day arrival and the title of first baby of 2011 for Methodist Medical Center, Oak Ridge.

    Noah was born at 11:47 a.m. Jan. 1.

    Dad Robert Pressley of Roane County and Lela Holder, a registered nurse with Methodist Family Birthing Center who helped deliver Noah, celebrate the special occasion.

  • By Sharon Littlepage, For Roane Newspapers

    The Land of OS — Oliver Springs — is rolling out the welcome mat to visitors at the second annual October Sky Fall Festival to celebrate the family movie and the natural beauty of the area where the film was shot a decade ago.

    The Rocket Boys Parade at 9 a.m. Oct. 16 will kick off the all-day festival. The festival, at Arrowhead Park adjacent to Oliver Springs High School, will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  • Noted actor Muse Watson is scheduled to attend this year’s Secret City Film Festival on Oct. 14-17 at Oak Ridge Playhouse.

    Watson, who has appeared in dozens of films and television shows, will be the featured guest Saturday night at the film festival. He’s well known in Harriman for his work with the Princess Theater and its launching as a regional arts center.

  • Download this form and sign your children (ages birth to 5) up for Roane Imagination Library. Your child will receive a special, age-appropriate book once a month.

  • By Sharon Littlepage, For Roane Newspapers

    When the casting call for a movie goes out, the extras never get the big money, but they usually walk away with a lifetime of special memories.

    That’s the case with Oliver Springs resident Barbara Hilemon, who played five different parts in the highly acclaimed family-friendly movie, “October Sky,” which was filmed in Oliver Springs, Harriman, Petros, Wartburg, Oak Ridge and Knoxville in 1998.

  • By Sharon Littlepage, Special to Roane Newspapers

  • By Ellen Probert Williamson