Features http://www.roanecounty.com/features/todaysfeatures en Heritage Commission gala slated Sept. 13 http://www.roanecounty.com/content/heritage-commission-gala-slated-sept-13 <img src="http://www.roanecounty.com/sites/www.roanecounty.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/0819_oldcourthosue_web_1.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> The annual Roane County Heritage Commission Gala on the Lawn will take place beginning at 6 p.m. Sept. 13 at the historic Roane County Courthouse in Kingston.</p> <p> This year&rsquo;s Heritage Commission honoree will be Eugene Pickel.</p> <p> Proceeds from the annual event go toward refurbishing the historic Roane County Courthouse, one of only seven antebellum courthouses remaining in Tennessee.</p> <p> Contact Stephanie Wright at 803-9778 or stephanie.wright@era.com for details.</p> Donation a Leffew tradition http://www.roanecounty.com/content/donation-leffew-tradition <img src="http://www.roanecounty.com/sites/www.roanecounty.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/leffew-kids-with-check.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Siblings Brock and Kiera Leffew of Kingston started a birthday tradition last year, when they asked family and friends to make donations to The Dream Connection in lieu of buying them gifts.</p> <p> The tradition continued this year, with party-goers at the siblings&rsquo; pool party at Kingston Community Center giving more than $600 &mdash; triple last year&rsquo;s donation &mdash; to the charity.</p> <p> The Dream Connection is an East Tennessee-based children&rsquo;s charity that fulfills dreams of children who are faced with life-threatening or debilitating illnesses.</p> ‘Pliny’ author to speak at library http://www.roanecounty.com/content/%E2%80%98pliny%E2%80%99-author-speak-library <p> Kingston native Myra Humphrey will present her children&rsquo;s book, &ldquo;Pliny the Mouse,&rdquo; during Kingston Public Library&rsquo;s next Thursday Night at the Library program.</p> <p> The program will start at 6 p.m. Aug. 21 in the library at 1004 Bradford Way.</p> <p> Seeking shelter from the cold, Pliny embarks on a fictitious grand adventure that&rsquo;s based on a true account of an incident at Kingston First Baptist Church.</p> <p> Characters in the &ldquo;Pliny&rdquo; story share similarities with church organist Nancy Skidmore and Pastor Sonny Works.</p> Farmers still have time to apply for low-interest loans http://www.roanecounty.com/content/farmers-still-have-time-apply-low-interest-loans <p> Farmers and ranchers still have time to apply for low interest 2014 U.S. Department of Agriculture loans available through Tennessee Farm Service Agency&rsquo;s direct farm ownership program.</p> <p> The deadline to submit applications is Sept. 30.</p> <p> Eligible producers can borrow up to $300,000 in direct farm ownership loans to buy or enlarge a farm, construct new farm buildings or improve structures, pay closing costs, or promote soil and water conservation and protection.</p> Obed photo contest winners to be revealed at Art in Park http://www.roanecounty.com/content/obed-photo-contest-winners-be-revealed-art-park <img src="http://www.roanecounty.com/sites/www.roanecounty.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/foster_michael_obed_river_at_nemo_landscape.jpg" alt="Michael Foster’s Obed River at Nemo is among the entries in the Obed photography contest." title="Michael Foster’s Obed River at Nemo is among the entries in the Obed photography contest." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Obed Wild and Scenic River will host an Art in the Park reception beginning at 5 p.m. Aug. 22 in the Obed Visitor Center at 208 N. Maiden St. in downtown Wartburg.</p> <p> The event will include a display of photographs from the recent Obed photography contest.</p> <p> During the evening, the contest&rsquo;s winning entries will be revealed.</p> <p> The Shelter Road Band will provide a range of Americana, rock and country music as light refreshments are served.</p> The Garden Gate: Ice cream once grew, but it’s not what you think http://www.roanecounty.com/content/garden-gate-ice-cream-once-grew-it%E2%80%99s-not-what-you-think <img src="http://www.roanecounty.com/sites/www.roanecounty.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/zwilliamson_45.jpg" alt="Ellen Probert Williamson" title="Ellen Probert Williamson" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Considering the widespread and still-growing interested in gardening, it is not surprising how often the dividing lines between herbs, flowers and weeds become somewhat blurred.</p> <p> Some of the plants considered to be the worst weeds turn out to be the most valuable of medicinal herbs, and some of the prettiest of the old-fashioned flowers our grandmothers carefully tended in their gardens turn out now to be classified as weeds.</p> <p> It all depends on just what angle you are looking from and what you call it.</p> Green development grants offered to city, county gov’t http://www.roanecounty.com/content/green-development-grants-offered-city-county-gov%E2%80%99t <p> The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation is once again partnering with the Tennessee Stormwater Association, the Tennessee Valley Authority and the Tennessee Department of Transportation to offer a grant program designed to help local governments fund green infrastructure and low-impact development projects.</p> <p> A total of $103,080 in grant funds will be available for allocation this year.</p> Two baptized during New Midway fish camp http://www.roanecounty.com/content/two-baptized-during-new-midway-fish-camp <img src="http://www.roanecounty.com/sites/www.roanecounty.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fishthingpic.jpg" alt="Brody Duff is among the youngsters who had a fun time during New Midway Baptist Church’s fish camp outreach program on Aug. 2. He’s joined by Pastor Rod Garrett and Wanda Robinette." title="Brody Duff is among the youngsters who had a fun time during New Midway Baptist Church’s fish camp outreach program on Aug. 2. He’s joined by Pastor Rod Garrett and Wanda Robinette." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> New Midway Baptist Church had a community outreach program with its fish camp on Aug. 2 on the Eblen farm on New Midway Road, Kingston.</p> <p> The fish camp, in conjunction with Roane County Farm Bureau, was attended by about 400 people.</p> <p> The day started at 9 a.m. with registration for a fishing contest sponsored by Anglers for Christ.</p> <p> The contest was open to ages 2-18, and club members were available to help the children during the competition.</p>