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Community News

  • Cotillion expanding into Roane

    The National League of Junior Cotillions, a program of etiquette, character education and social dance training for middle and junior high school students, plans to establish its national program in Roane County.
     “We will be selecting a director for a local chapter who will receive complete training and an exclusive territory for expansion,” said Elizabeth Anne Winters, National League of Junior Cotillions national director.
    The organization has directors operating hundreds of chapters in 34 states.

  • Spring’s the time to catch a train

    Travelers along Hwy. 58 or Blair Road in Roane County on the first or third Saturday of April may hear a diesel horn echoing through the hills, or see a very visible sign of spring in the vintage passenger train that looks like it rumbled right out of the 1940s.
    April is the month when buds on the trees of Poplar Creek Valley start turning green, and the Secret City Scenic Excursion Train starts showing up to take happy passengers through the hardwoods and meadows of the valley.

  • The Garden Gate: March on the mark for transition

    By Ellen Probert Williamson

  • Kingston Lions getting ready to serve pancakes

    Now is the time for a super spring tonic, such as some hot pancakes made on the spot by members of the Kingston Lions Club.

    The club’s annual pancake breakfast will be from 7 to 11 a.m. March 26 in Kingston First Baptist Church’s family life center.

    Cost is $5 for adults, $2 for children younger than 12.

    Net proceeds of this event are used by the Lions primarily to purchase eye exams and/or glasses for people who cannot afford them.

  • MILITARY MATTERS: Matthew R. Crabtree

    U.S. Army Pfc. Matthew R. Crabtree recently graduated from basic combat training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla.

    Son of Delbert Crabtree of Kingston, he graduated in 2006 from Midway High School.

    During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission and received instruction and training exercises in drill and ceremonies, Army history, core values and traditions.

  • MILITARY MATTERS: Samuel I. Selvidge

    U.S. Air Force Airman Samuel I. Selvidge recently graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio.

    Son of Deborah Selvidge of Kingston and Ronald Selvidge of Loudon, he graduated in 2005 from Loudon High School.

    The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

  • Blood donations in dire need

    Medic Regional Blood Center has issued an emergency need for blood.  

    The sole blood provider for 21 counties and 27 area hospitals  — including Roane Medical Center in Harriman — struggles to meet the demand for area patients.  

    “Our coverage area has been hit pretty hard the last week with very serious accidents, and those have taken a toll on an already-thin inventory,” said Christi Fightmaster of Medic public relations.

  • Spring heifer, bull sale set

    University of Tennessee Plateau AgResearch and Education Center will have its annual spring heifer and bull sale starting at 9 a.m. March 25 at the center on Hwy. 70 North near Crossville.

    The sale will feature high-quality registered open Angus, Gelbvieh, and Balancer heifers as well as registered Angus bulls. All sale animals are from the existing UT herd. Minimum bids per head are required. Registration documentation and performance data are available for review. A list of the cattle to be sold is available online at plateau.tennessee.edu.

  • Kingston library making plans for Read Across America celebration

    Kingston Public Library is planning a Read Across America celebration this weekend.

    The celebration, in partnership with the Children's Reading Foundation of the Tennessee Valley, will be from 4 to 6 p.m. March 15 in the library at 1004 Bradford Way.

    Craft activities for children and reading tips and materials for parents will be available.

    Additionally, the community will have the opportunity to hear more about the Children's Reading Foundation of the Tennessee Valley.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of March 9

    25 Years Ago
    Kingston attorney Gene Banker launched a personal campaign and introduced a bill before the Tennessee General Assembly. The bill, though changed to a degree, provided for a legal document called a living will.

    10 Years Ago