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Community News

  • 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

  • Cold War Crisis exhibit to open

    The story of civilian pilot Francis Gary Powers is revealed through photographs and memorabilia in “Cold War Crisis: The U-2 Incident” at the American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge.

    The exhibit will be open March 12-Sept. 11 in the museum at 300 S. Tulane Ave.

    Powers was flying for the Central Intelligence Agency when he was shot down over the Soviet Union on May 1, 1960, during Operation Overflight.

  • Commodity foods to be distributed

    Mid-East Community Action Agency will have its quarterly distribution of USDA commodity foods this month.

    The schedule is:

    • Kingston Community Center, from 10 a.m. to noon March 16.

    • Mount Pisgah Baptist Church, Oliver Springs, from 2 to 3 p.m. March 16.

    • Harriman Community Center, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 17.

    • Rockwood National Guard Armory, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March.

  • 'Last Reunion' scribe to speak to OR group

    Jay Searcy, author of  “The Last Reunion: The Class of 1952 Comes Home to the Secret City,” will speak during the upcoming Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association monthly meeting.

    The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. March 10 in Midtown Community Center, also known as Wildcat Den, at 102 Robertsville Road, Oak Ridge.

    Searcy has been touring East Tennessee to promote his new book. In hihs travels, he shares stories about his time in Oak Ridge and his knowledge of the area.