Features http://www.roanecounty.com/features/todaysfeatures en Scandlyn leading Carols and Lessons for St. Anthony’s http://www.roanecounty.com/content/scandlyn-leading-carols-and-lessons-st-anthony%E2%80%99s <p> Thomas &ldquo;Tom&rdquo; Scandlyn of Harriman will be organist and provide lead vocals for the Carols and Lessons planned for Christmas Eve at St. Anthony&rsquo;s Anglican Church.</p> <p> The service will begin at 7:30 p.m. CST in the church at 9828 Hwy. 70 East, Crab Orchard.</p> <p> Scandlyn, a St. Anthony&rsquo;s parish member, is organist for a number of area churches. He has agreed to put together a list of carols specifically for St. Anthony&rsquo;s, said John Moore, the church&rsquo;s junior warden.</p> Kelly new Riverside pastor http://www.roanecounty.com/content/kelly-new-riverside-pastor <img src="http://www.roanecounty.com/sites/www.roanecounty.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/the_kellys.jpg" alt="Pastor Greg Kelly and family" title="Pastor Greg Kelly and family" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Riverside Baptist Church, Harriman, recently welcomed the Rev. Greg Kelly as its new pastor.</p> <p> Kelly, a native of Roane County, began his pastoral duties at Riverside on Nov. 1.</p> <p> He is married to the former Julie Guettner of Kingston, and they have two children, AnnaLauren and Jackson.</p> <p> Kelly is a graduate of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, holding a Master of Divinity in pastoral care.</p> <p> He also holds a bachelor&rsquo;s degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.</p> DAR gives blast from the past http://www.roanecounty.com/content/dar-gives-blast-past <img src="http://www.roanecounty.com/sites/www.roanecounty.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/dar_0.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Fort Southwest Point Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution members, from left, Regent Susan Wann, Connie Williams and Barb Wasilko helped bring an atmosphere of the past to Kingston&rsquo;s Fort Southwest Point during the annual Christmas candlelight tour last weekend.</p> <p> Members wore period costumes and treated guests to cookies baked with recipes from the 1700s.</p> <p> Colonial brown sugar, pine-tree shillings, hobnails, apple jacks, tea cakes and molasses cookies were among the confections offered in the fort&rsquo;s visitors center.</p> Church Calendar: Dec. 21-24 http://www.roanecounty.com/content/church-calendar-dec-21-24 <p> <strong>SUNDAY, DEC. 21</strong><br /> &bull;&thinsp;Kingston United Methodist Church will offer a &ldquo;Service of the Longest Night: Light in the Midst of Darkness&rdquo; beginning at 8 p.m. in the sanctuary of the church at 212 W. Church St. The service is designed to help those who find the holidays difficult to get through and those who have experienced the death of a family member or close friend, divorce or a job loss. Contact the Rev. Sue Lynn Johnson at sljkumc@comcast.net or 376-6337 for details.</p> Obed on tap for program http://www.roanecounty.com/content/obed-tap-program <p> The unique Obed River gorge of the Cumberland Plateau will be discussed during a 6:15 p.m. Dec. 17 program in The United Church, The Chapel on the Hill, at 85 Kentucky Ave., Oak Ridge.</p> <p> Interpretive Ranger Veronica Greear will discuss the Obed Wild and Scenic River, notable for its biodiversity, supporting a diversity of ecosystems that are unique to this river system.</p> <p> Following the presentation, the Obed Wild and Scenic River&rsquo;s Visitor Center film: The Obed: Find Yourself Here award winning short movie will be shown.</p> RSCC recipient of almost $ 1 million in training grant http://www.roanecounty.com/content/rscc-recipient-almost-1-million-training-grant <p> Roane State Community College is among the key organizations across the state that has been awarded funding through the Labor Education Alignment Program.</p> <p> The program is a state effort focused on increasing opportunities for Tennesseans to obtain a certificate or degree beyond high school that is aligned with the needs of the workforce in their communities.</p> <p> Roane State was awarded $970,000 as part of the program.</p> Yager new to Dunn Center board http://www.roanecounty.com/content/yager-new-dunn-center-board <img src="http://www.roanecounty.com/sites/www.roanecounty.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/michaeldunncenter.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> State Sen. Ken Yager, left, is the newest member of the Michael Dunn Center board of directors.</p> <p> He is welcomed to the board by Michael Dunn Center President and CEO Mike McElhinney, center, and Jim Pinkerton, board chairman.</p> RenFest training takes center stage http://www.roanecounty.com/content/renfest-training-takes-center-stage <img src="http://www.roanecounty.com/sites/www.roanecounty.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/renfest_0.jpg" alt="Debi Wetherington and Jordan Cook take part in the Human Combat Chess Match during the East Tennessee Renaissance Festival in Harriman this past October. Cook played William Black and Wetherington played Mary Tailor, two characters who are engaged to be married, but pitted against each other in “Human Combat Chess.”" title="Debi Wetherington and Jordan Cook take part in the Human Combat Chess Match during the East Tennessee Renaissance Festival in Harriman this past October. Cook played William Black and Wetherington played Mary Tailor, two characters who are engaged to be married, but pitted against each other in “Human Combat Chess.”" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Stage-fighting students at Pellissippi State Community College took their unique combat skills to the next level when they performed recently for the East Tennessee Renaissance Festival in Harriman.</p> <p> &ldquo;Our stage-fighting course is unique in Tennessee,&rdquo; said Charles R. Miller, the college&rsquo;s theater program coordinator and a professor of liberal arts. &ldquo;We have one of the top two-year theater programs in the country.&rdquo;</p> <p> Students in the stage-fighting course learn the skills to perform mock combat for theatrical purposes.</p>