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  • Pancakes still a bargain at Kingston Lions breakfast

    In spring, thoughts turn to daffodils, tulips, forsythia — and pancakes.

    To satisfy the sweet tooth, the Kingston Lions Club has scheduled its annual pancake breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. March 28 in Kingston First Baptist Church’s family center.

    The cost is the same as last year: $5 for adults, $2 for children younger than 12.

    The menu will again include pancakes, bacon, sausage, orange juice, milk and coffee.

  • USDA statistics reveal 97 percent of all U.S. farms are family owned

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service reports that family-owned farms remain the backbone of the agriculture industry.

    The latest data come from the Census of Agriculture farm typology report and help shine light on the question, “What is a family farm?”

    “As we wrap up mining the 6 million data points from the latest Census of Agriculture, we used typology to further explore the demographics of who is farming and ranching today,” said Statistics Division Director Hubert Hamer.

  • Breakfast funds help at home and abroad

    Roane County Trustee Wilma Eblen, right, is among the 175 people taking advantage of the good food and camaraderie at Kingston Rotary Club’s annual pancake breakfast fundraiser.

    Proceeds from the breakfast support service projects such as providing dictionaries to each third-grade student at Midway and Kingston Elementary Schools; awarding a scholarship to a nontraditional student at Roane State Community College; and helping to provide kidney transplants for low-income children in Mexico.

  • Tennessee farmers applauded for work on special occasion

    Gov. Bill Haslam has proclaimed March 18 as Agriculture Day in Tennessee.

    This day coincides with National Agriculture Day to celebrate the abundance provided by the farms and producers of America.

    “We thank Gov. Haslam for recognizing the influence of agriculture on our state,” Commissioner of Agriculture Julius Johnson said.

    “As the world population soars, the demand for food, fiber and fuel continues to grow. Tennessee is helping to meet that demand.”

  • Stories of Great War to be shared

    There is a reason Veterans Day Parades halt for a moment of silence at precisely 11 a.m.

    It was at 11 a.m. on the 11th of November 1918, that the deadliest and most destructive war in history, to that point, ended.

    More than 130,000 Tennesseans served in the Great War, some 40,000 of them from East Tennessee.

  • Registration to begin April 1 for summer camp

    Registration begins on April 1 for Oak Ridge Recreation and Parks Department’s 2015 summer camp.

    A link to ActiveNet online registration will be available at orrecparks.oakridgetn.gov.

    Space is limited, and the camp fills up quickly so early registration is recommended.

    Online registration will be available 24/7 beginning at 8 a.m. April 1.

    Payment plans are available only to online registrants. All payments must be completed by June 1.

    Convenience fees will apply to all credit card payments and payment plans.

  • Looking for a gift idea? Try a tag

    Tennessee Specialty License Plates — which support more than 100 different organizations and charities — are now available as gifts through a new website hosted by the state Department of Treasury office at Tennessee Gift Center.

    The website is at tngiftcenter.com.

    The Gift-A-Tag Gift Voucher Program is the first offering on the Tennessee Gift Center website and it can be accessed directly by going to tngiftcenter.com/giftatag.

    Each Gift-A-Tag is good for the purchase of a specialty plate or the personalization of any license plate.

  • ‘Ring of Fire’ at Crossville theater

    “Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash” returns to the Cumberland County Playhouse’s Adventure Theater from March 27-June 9.

    “The show was a huge hit for us in 2013,” said director Bryce McDonald, “and since it closed we’ve had many people ask us to bring it back.”

    Playhouse Producing Director Jim Crabtree concurred.

    “It’s a wonderful production, full of heart, joy and great music,” he said.

  • Motorists paying $19 less to fill up than in ’14

    Gas prices fell for the eighth consecutive day Sunday, AAA reported earlier this week.

    “The price of oil has not seen dramatic increases in the past couple of weeks and motorists are reaping the benefits,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA-The Auto Club Group.

    “Gas prices are at their lowest level this time of year since 2009, which will entice people to take a road trip this spring.”

    The national average price for a gallon of gasoline is nearly 3 cents cheaper than a week ago, but 18 cents more expensive than last month.

  • Orlando bound? You’re not alone

    Warm destinations offering fun-filled activities for families will experience the largest influx of travelers this spring season.

    Florida has three of the top 10 most popular city destinations, including Orlando at No. 1.

    Sunny beach destinations in California and South Carolina also rank high on the list, followed by ever-popular vacation destinations Washington, D.C., New York City, Seattle and San Francisco.