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  • Inky Johnson, Vols QB headline event

    Orchard View Baptist Church, Oliver Springs, will have a free community outreach and night of encouragement on July 27.

    The event starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Oliver Springs High School football field.

    Guest speaker will be University of Tennessee quarterback Nathan Peterman.

    Inky Johnson, a former UT player whose hopes of having an NFL career were ended with a paralyzing injury while he played for UT, will be the featured speaker.

    Johnson went on to earn his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at UT.

  • Royal Priesthood leads Singing in the City

    The Royal Priesthood of Southeast Tennessee will be the featured group for Victorious’ Singing in the City on July 19 at Rockwood Event Center.

    Dudley Evans of Victorious described The Royal Priesthood as “an old-style Southern gospel music group” whose leader was formerly with the Kingsmen Quartet.

    Refreshments will be served, and a love offering will be taken for the group.

  • Griffin new Luminary UMC pastor

    Luminary United Methodist Church, along Watts Bar Lake a few miles south of Kingston, has welcomed a new pastor.

    The Rev. Chuck Griffin officially became the spiritual leader of the 350-member congregation on July 1. He previously served churches in Lexington, Ky., Jonesborough and Kingsport.

  • Cardiff VBS balloon launch

    Molly LaRue, above, keeps a tight grip on her balloon before Cardiff Baptist Church’s big balloon release last week to launch the church’s upcoming vacation Bible school.

    Each balloon released from the church at 2170 N. Gateway Ave., Rockwood, has a special invitation and tag on it. Anyone who finds one of the balloons and returns it to the church during VBS will be eligible for a special prize, said VBS director Les LaRue.

    The VBS theme is Lifeway's Agency’s “D3.”

  • Vacation Bible School 2014

    New Mountain View Baptist
    “Gone Fishing: ‘Come, follow me and I will make you fishers of men’ (Matthew 4:19)” is the theme of vacation Bible school at New Mountain View Baptist Church, Oliver Springs. Classes for all ages will be offered from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 14-18 in the church at 381 Mahoney Road; refreshments will be served. Call 435-5242 for details or transportation.

  • Church Calendar: July 13-19

    SUNDAY, JULY 13
    • St. Mary’s Missionary Baptist Church, Harriman, will celebrate Pastor Jesse and Elfreda Williams for 35 years of spiritual leadership and faithful service. They will be honored during two services: the Rev. Gerald Marshall of Dayton, Ohio, will lead the 11 a.m. service; the Rev. Alvin Douglass of Anointed Praise and Worship Church will be in charge of the 3 p.m. service. The church is at 1038 Trenton St.

  • Fowler new to Rockwood Methodist

    Rockwood United Methodist Church welcomes the Rev. Bill Fowler to its pulpit.

    Appointed to the church by the Bishop and Cabinet of the Holston Annual Conference, Fowler assumed pastoral, preaching and administrative duties on July 1.

    Fowler will emphasize preaching, teaching, pastoring and church administration.

    “Hopefully, all of us will follow the Lord’s leadership as the Holy Spirit opens our eyes to possibilities for witness and service in the Kingdom of God through Rockwood UMC,” he said.

  • Roberts awarded CCW scholarship

    The Council of Catholic Women at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Harriman, recently presented a $1,000 scholarchip to Cynthia Roberts.

    Roberts, a 2014 Roane County High School graduate, finished with a 3.85 grade-point average.

    She was president of both the Key Club and Future Business Leaders of America.

    She was also secretary of both DECA and the Beta Club, and she served as a woodwind section leader in the Roane County High School Band.

  • Oral Baptist plans patriotic program

    Oral Baptist Church, Roane County, will have a special patriotic program on July 2.

    The free community event begins at 7 p.m. and features the Whitestone Singers.

    Under the direction of Eugene Hattaway, the group is a favorite at Whitestone Country Inn during the Christmas and Fourth of July seasons.

    The Whitestone Singers perform

    annually for candlelight tours at Biltmore Estate in Asheville, N.C., and participate in the chorus for the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

  • Farm Hands Quartet to give free concert at Midtown church

    The Farm Hands Bluegrass Quartet will give a free gospel concert at 5 p.m. July 13 in Midtown Valley United Methodist Church.

    The church is at 1625 Roane State Hwy. A love offering will be taken, and a potluck supper will follow the concert.

    Call Diane at 376-6877 for information.

    The Farm Hands Bluegrass Quartet performs more than 150 dates per year.

    The quartet’s album, “In a Country Town,” is the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America’s 2014 Album of the Year.