Features http://www.roanecounty.com/features/todaysfeatures en Harriman Happenings http://www.roanecounty.com/content/harriman-happenings-7 <p> Visitors at St. Mary&rsquo;s Baptist Church last Sunday were Brian Farmer, his friend Penney, her daughter Natalie, and Brian&rsquo;s daughter Madison.</p> <p> Also, his mother Carol Farmer was with them.</p> <p> They were blessed and said they will be back.</p> <p> Emmitte Yette, a former resident of this city, will celebrate his birthday the 26th of this month. Happy birthday, Emmette, and be blessed.</p> New Midway fish fry to benefit youth missions http://www.roanecounty.com/content/new-midway-fish-fry-benefit-youth-missions <p> The youth of New Midway Baptist Church, Kingston, will have a fish fry on Sept. 27 in the church&rsquo;s family life center on New Midway Road.</p> <p> The church&rsquo;s youth are planning to go on a number of missions trips this year, and the proceeds from the fish fry will go toward the cost of those trips.</p> <p> The fish fry will be from 5 to 7 p.m.</p> <p> Tickets for all-you-can-eat crappie and catfish, with all sides, are $11 per person.</p> <p> They are available from any New Midway Baptist member, or they may be purchased at the door.</p> Church Calendar: Sept. 19-28 http://www.roanecounty.com/content/church-calendar-sept-19-28 <p> <strong>FRIDAY, SEPT. 19</strong><br /> &bull;&thinsp;Kingston Church of Christ has its Sewing 4 Souls from 9 to 11:30 a.m. each Friday. Members make clothes for needy children around the world. The church is at 303 N. Kentucky St.; rear parking is available off Loveliss Street. Call Evelyn Landis at 423-334-1490 or 423-507-4683 for details.</p> Busy month for Rockwood Rotary http://www.roanecounty.com/content/busy-month-rockwood-rotary <p> Rockwood Rotary Club has a number of upcoming projects planned for the next month.</p> <p> Today &mdash; Sept. 20 &mdash; the club is sponsoring seven Rockwood High School juniors at Camp Nakanawa in Crossville for Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, an annual training program.</p> <p> Also attending will be five students sponsored by Harriman Rotary Club. Kingston Rotary Club is sponsoring four students for the leadership training.</p> <p> Rockwood Rotarians will distribute 196 dictionaries to third-graders at Midtown and Ridge View elementary schools on Sept. 30.</p> Bus tour bringing Tennessee first lady here http://www.roanecounty.com/content/bus-tour-bringing-tennessee-first-lady-here <img src="http://www.roanecounty.com/sites/www.roanecounty.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/bus2.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Tennessee first lady Crissy Haslam will be in Roane County today &mdash; Sept. 19 &mdash; as part of the Governor&rsquo;s Books From Birth 10th anniversary statewide bus tour.</p> <p> Haslam and the special bus will be here beginning at 2 p.m. at Harriman&rsquo;s Pinnacle Pointe shopping center on Hwy. 70 in Midtown.</p> <p> The event is free and open to the public.</p> <p> Children&rsquo;s activities and registration for Roane Imagination Library will be available.</p> Artists sought for Street Painting Fest http://www.roanecounty.com/content/artists-sought-street-painting-fest <img src="http://www.roanecounty.com/sites/www.roanecounty.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/chalk.jpg" alt="This quaint scene was one of the winning chalk paintings at the 14th annual Oak Ridge Street Painting Festival. This year’s festival is on Oct. 4 on the Oak Ridge Branch campus of Roane State Community College." title="This quaint scene was one of the winning chalk paintings at the 14th annual Oak Ridge Street Painting Festival. This year’s festival is on Oct. 4 on the Oak Ridge Branch campus of Roane State Community College." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Anyone who enjoys drawing upon his artistic skills while sketching a face, animal or colorful scene might like &ldquo;painting&rdquo; pictures in chalk on a sidewalk.</p> <p> Such artists are encouraged to sign up for the 15th annual Oak Ridge Street Painting Festival.</p> <p> This festival will be from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 4 (rain day on Oct. 5) on the sidewalks of the Oak Ridge campus of Roane State Community College on Briarcliff Avenue.</p> <p> Artists may start their chalk paintings on the afternoon of Oct. 3.</p> Creatures great and small to be blessed in service http://www.roanecounty.com/content/creatures-great-and-small-be-blessed-service <img src="http://www.roanecounty.com/sites/www.roanecounty.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/blessing1.jpg" alt="The Rev. Harry Howard, priest in charge at St. Andrew’s Episocpal Church, Harriman, blesses creatures from hamsters to horses during the annual event, set for Oct. 4." title="The Rev. Harry Howard, priest in charge at St. Andrew’s Episocpal Church, Harriman, blesses creatures from hamsters to horses during the annual event, set for Oct. 4." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> A line of pets will begin forming at 2 p.m. Oct. 4 at St. Andrew&rsquo;s Episcopal Church, Harriman, for the fifth annual Blessing of the Animals.</p> <p> Everything from dogs and cats to hamsters and even horses &ndash; four legs, two legs, feathered or scaled &ndash; all creatures are welcome.</p> <p> Light refreshments will be served for all the pets and their caretakers.</p> <p> This favorite traditional ceremony may be traced back to the fourth century when animals were first allowed into the church to be blessed.</p> Get ready to indicate interest in arts grants http://www.roanecounty.com/content/get-ready-indicate-interest-arts-grants <p> East Tennessee Foundation will begin accepting letters of intent for its Arts Fund grants programs on Oct. 1.</p> <p> Organizations must be tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizations or other exempt entities in order to be eligible for funding.</p> <p> Available grants range from $5,000-$15,000</p> <p> and will be awarded to support two-year pro-</p> <p> jects.</p> <p> Letters of intent must be submitted online to the Foundation no later than Nov. 3.</p> <p> A select number of organizations will be invited to submit full proposals early next year.</p>