Features http://www.roanecounty.com/features/todaysfeatures en Big South Fork offers access to cemeteries http://www.roanecounty.com/content/big-south-fork-offers-access-cemeteries <p> The Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area will provide assistance on May 16-17 for family members who wish to visit remote cemeteries and do minor clean-up of graves of their relatives.</p> <p> This assistance will be provided to the park cemeteries that are not easy to access and inside the park boundary.</p> <p> Transportation from a designated area in the park to the cemetery will be provided only to those who are physically unable to walk round trip, based on a first-come, first-served basis.</p> Make a pledge to save this week http://www.roanecounty.com/content/make-pledge-save-week <p> What are you saving for?</p> <p> Whether it&rsquo;s a new house, new car, retirement or a child&rsquo;s college education, organizations from across the state want Tennesseans to take the pledge this week.</p> <p> Feb. 23-27 is America Saves Week, a national event designed to encourage savings on any level.</p> <p> A number of organizations want Tennesseans to take a moment to think about savings goals and then take the pledge to make it happen.</p> <p> Saving is important. Even small amounts put back can yield major accumulation, if done consistent-ly.</p> Payton Madox ‘Max’ Richardson http://www.roanecounty.com/content/payton-madox-%E2%80%98max%E2%80%99-richardson-2 <img src="http://www.roanecounty.com/sites/www.roanecounty.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/richardson2.jpg" alt="Payton Madox ‘Max’ Richardson" title="Payton Madox ‘Max’ Richardson" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Payton Madox &ldquo;Max&rdquo; Richardson will celebrate his ninth birthday on March 8 with a Minecraft-themed party.</p> <p> He is the son of Cliff and Shauna Richardson of Mount Airy, N.C.</p> <p> Grandparents are Jack and Diane Woolum of Kingston, the late Jerry Richardson of New York, and Michael and Kay Griffith of Mount Airy.</p> <p> Great-grandparents are the late J.D. and Mabel Waldrop of Kingston, the late Otis and Bessie Richardson, Anita Mosley of Mount Airy and the late James Mosley.</p> Pre-K among issues United Ways to lobby for during Day on the Hill http://www.roanecounty.com/content/pre-k-among-issues-united-ways-lobby-during-day-hill <p> United Ways of Tennessee, the association of 38 United Ways in the state, gathers today &mdash; Wednesday &mdash; for its Day on the Hill to support preservation of funding for Pre-K classrooms, K-12 standards and federal funding for afterschool programming.</p> <p> Advocates plan to attend a training session and awards ceremony in the House Chamber, followed by visits with their legislators.</p> Maggie Rose Richardson http://www.roanecounty.com/content/maggie-rose-richardson-2 <img src="http://www.roanecounty.com/sites/www.roanecounty.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/richardson1.jpg" alt="Maggie Rose Richardson" title="Maggie Rose Richardson" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Maggie Rose Richardson will celebrate her seventh birthday on March 8 with a Frozen-themed party.</p> <p> She is the daughter of Cliff and Shauna Richardson of Mount Airy, N.C.</p> <p> Grandparents are Jack and Diane Woolum of Kingston, the late Jerry Richardson of New York, and Michael and Kay Griffith of Mount Airy.</p> <p> Great-grandparents are the late J.D. and Mabel Waldrop of Kingston, the late Otis and Bessie Richardson, Anita Mosley of Mount Airy and the late James Mosley.</p> Gas up 26 cents per gallon in past month http://www.roanecounty.com/content/gas-26-cents-gallon-past-month <img src="http://www.roanecounty.com/sites/www.roanecounty.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/screen_shot_2015-02-24_at_4.59.40_pm.png" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Gas prices across the U.S. jumped an average of 4 cents last week, AAA reported earlier this week.</p> <p> The current national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded is $2.29.</p> <p> Motorists are now paying 26 cents more a gallon since prices hit</p> <p> a low of $2.03 on Jan.</p> <p> 26.</p> Feb. 26 chili supper to help Second Chance http://www.roanecounty.com/content/feb-26-chili-supper-help-second-chance <img src="http://www.roanecounty.com/sites/www.roanecounty.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/screen_shot_2015-02-24_at_5.06.13_pm.png" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Second Chance K-9 Rescue will have its 16th annual benefit chili supper this week.</p> <p> This event, which benefits area dogs and cats, will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 26 in Kingston Community Center.</p> <p> Chili, dessert and drinks will be available for a $5 donation.</p> <p> All proceeds donated helps with Sceond Chance&rsquo;s spay/neuter program and helps pet owners who are unable to afford food for their dogs and cats.</p> <p> Second Chance K-9 Rescue is a 501c3 organization dedicated to helping animals.</p> Ellis-Ashburn pens first book http://www.roanecounty.com/content/ellis-ashburn-pens-first-book <img src="http://www.roanecounty.com/sites/www.roanecounty.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/ellisashburn.jpg" alt="New author Hope Ellis-Ashburn, here with her half-Arabian mare, is the author of the new newly released “The Story of Kimbrook Arabians.”" title="New author Hope Ellis-Ashburn, here with her half-Arabian mare, is the author of the new newly released “The Story of Kimbrook Arabians.”" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Former Roane County resident Hope Ellis-Ashburn recently released her first book, &ldquo;The Story of Kimbrook Arabians.&rdquo;</p> <p> The book outlines the historic Arabian horse breeding program of Bill and Joanne Gutknecht and is primarily based in rural Giles County.</p> <p> It introduces the background history of the program, along with the horses that were a part of it from its inception through present day.</p> <p> One special chapter on the Milky Way Farm, where Kimbrook Arabians once resided, details the history of the Milky Way Farm.</p>