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Today's Features

  • Mildred Parham, seated, of Crossville, formerly of Roane County, recently spent time in Harriman as the matiarch of five generations of her family, including, from left, great-grandson Colyn Scarbrough holding great-great-grandson Link, grandson Greg Scarbrough and daughter Jeanetta Scarbrough.

  • Oak Ridge Library will have an Affordable Care Act event this weekend to help people enroll in the new Exchanges and offer information on health-care reform.

    The session will be from 2 to 5:30 p.m. Feb. 22 in the library auditorium at 1401 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

    Volunteers will be available to provide information enrollment assistance for those interested in signing up for health insurance under the new Exchanges. A Spanish translator will also be available.

  • Snow and ice add their own touches of beauty to a winter garden.

    We have had more snow and ice in recent weeks than we want to cope with, creating driving perils, canceled appointments and high heating bills. But as ice and snow melt, they add many nutrients to the soil. Those nutrients will help fertilize a summer garden to come.

    Harvesting ice is still a wintertime industry in some of the most northern states. There, the whine of power saws can be heard over frozen lakes, where they cut 14-inch-thick cubes of ice.

  • MONDAY, FEB. 17
    • Harriman Industrial Development Board will meet at 6 p.m. in Harriman Municipal Office Complex.

    TUESDAY, FEB. 18
    • Rockwood Library Board will meet in regular monthly session at 3:45 p.m. in Rockwood Public Library at 117 N. Front Ave.
    • Harriman Housing Authority Boad will meet at 5 p.m. in the conference room of the Authority office on Sewanee Street.
    • Rockwood Electric Utility Board will meet in regular monthly session at 5:30 p.m. in Rockwood City Hall.

  • Editor’s note: The deadline for including items in Calendar is at least one week before the event. Items appear as a public service as space is available. Unless otherwise noted, all events and activities are open to the public.
    MONDAY, FEB. 17

  • Editor’s note: The deadline for including items in Calendar is at least one week before the event. Items appear as a public service as space is available. Unless otherwise noted, all events and activities are open to the public.
    THURSDAY, FEB. 20

  • TUESDAY, FEB. 18
    • Roane County Autism Support Group will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. in Kingston United Methodist Church’s brick annex building at 212 W. Church St. The organization is designed to help parents with autistic and special-needs children, as well as to give children social time to be with others with similar circumstances. Babysitters are provided during each meeting. Contact Monique Stevens at Monique_stevens@comcast.net, or visit the Autism Support Group Roane County site on Facebook.

  • MONDAY
    • Senior exercise, 9 a.m. in Kellytown Baptist Church recreation center, Oliver Springs; and 9:30 a.m. in Kingston Community Center. Details: 354-0450, Ext. 228.
    • Art Club for adults, 10 a.m. to noon and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Bethel Community Church, Kingston. Details: 376-6340.
    • Senior pinochle, noon in Kingston Community Center. Details: 354-0450, Ext. 228.

  • It may be cold outside, but Babahatchie Community Band is gearing up to warm the heart and soul with music during its winter concert this weekend.

    The concert will begin at 7 p.m. Feb. 17 in the James Williamson Auditorium of Harriman High School. Admission is free; donations are graciously accepted.

    Midway High School senior Andrew Westrich will be featured euphonium soloist during the concert.

  • Cassia could really spice up your day. It has been spicing up days for a very long time.

    We cannot really know what was the first spice known and used by humans, but most authorities on the subject agree it was most probably cassia — or, as it is now known, Chinese cinnamon.

    Ancient records have proven this bark was used before 2700 B.C. It is still one of the more important and widely used of all spices today.