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Today's Features

  • 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.

    This assistance will be provided to the park cemeteries that are not easy to access and inside the park boundary.

    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.

  • What are you saving for?

    Whether it’s a new house, new car, retirement or a child’s college education, organizations from across the state want Tennesseans to take the pledge this week.

    Feb. 23-27 is America Saves Week, a national event designed to encourage savings on any level.

    A number of organizations want Tennesseans to take a moment to think about savings goals and then take the pledge to make it happen.

    Saving is important. Even small amounts put back can yield major accumulation, if done consistent-ly.

  • United Ways of Tennessee, the association of 38 United Ways in the state, gathers today — Wednesday — for its Day on the Hill to support preservation of funding for Pre-K classrooms, K-12 standards and federal funding for afterschool programming.

    Advocates plan to attend a training session and awards ceremony in the House Chamber, followed by visits with their legislators.

  • Gas prices across the U.S. jumped an average of 4 cents last week, AAA reported earlier this week.

    The current national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded is $2.29.

    Motorists are now paying 26 cents more a gallon since prices hit

    a low of $2.03 on Jan.

    26.

  • Second Chance K-9 Rescue will have its 16th annual benefit chili supper this week.

    This event, which benefits area dogs and cats, will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 26 in Kingston Community Center.

    Chili, dessert and drinks will be available for a $5 donation.

    All proceeds donated helps with Sceond Chance’s spay/neuter program and helps pet owners who are unable to afford food for their dogs and cats.

    Second Chance K-9 Rescue is a 501c3 organization dedicated to helping animals.

  • Former Roane County resident Hope Ellis-Ashburn recently released her first book, “The Story of Kimbrook Arabians.”

    The book outlines the historic Arabian horse breeding program of Bill and Joanne Gutknecht and is primarily based in rural Giles County.

    It introduces the background history of the program, along with the horses that were a part of it from its inception through present day.

    One special chapter on the Milky Way Farm, where Kimbrook Arabians once resided, details the history of the Milky Way Farm.

  • U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Rue Eskridge recently graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio.

    Son of Mona L. Hopper of Oliver Springs, he is a 2010 graduate of Oliver Springs High School.

    His sister is Chelsey M. Eskridge of Oak Ridge.

    Eskridge completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

  • Payton Madox “Max” Richardson will celebrate his ninth birthday on March 8 with a Minecraft-themed party.

    He is the son of Cliff and Shauna Richardson of Mount Airy, N.C.

    Grandparents are Jack and Diane Woolum of Kingston, the late Jerry Richardson of New York, and Michael and Kay Griffith of Mount Airy.

    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.

  • Maggie Rose Richardson will celebrate her seventh birthday on March 8 with a Frozen-themed party.

    She is the daughter of Cliff and Shauna Richardson of Mount Airy, N.C.

    Grandparents are Jack and Diane Woolum of Kingston, the late Jerry Richardson of New York, and Michael and Kay Griffith of Mount Airy.

    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.

  • A Valentine’s murder mystery titled “Who Killed the Love?” was produced and directed by Barbara D. Moore. The play was at Jamieson Development Center.

    This was a show and dinner.

    The play was great, and all who attended really supported Barbara.

    The dinner was delicious.

    More than 100 people attended.

    After the play and dinner, several stayed for the after party, which included dancing to some of their favorite music. The DJ did a great job.

    Congratulations to you, Barbara. You did a great job!