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Today's Features

  • FRIDAY, NOV. 21
    • Rockwood Ministerial Association will take applications for its annual Christmas food basket program from 10 a.m. to noon in the ministry’s food pantry at 223 N. Front Ave. The program serves residents in the Rockwood area. Applicants will need to have proper identification and documentation regarding total monthly income.

    SATURDAY NOV. 22
    • Courts of Praise Church, 215 Maple St., Harriman, will have a Christmas bazaar from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Hot dogs and drinks will be sold.

  • U.S. Air Force Airman Austin J. Jackson recently graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio.

    Son of William A. and Amanda B. Jackson of Kingston, he is a 2014 graduate of Roane County High School, Kingston.

    The airman 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.

  • Editor’s note: As Ellen Probert Williams continues her respite, we share one of her classic columns, first published on Nov. 14, 2012.

    Pomegranates are one of the world’s most exotic fruits.

    In some medieval paintings, Adam and Eve are portrayed with a pomegranate as the fatal “apple” in the Garden of Eden. The fruits are certainly ancient enough in their lineage.

    One of the most ancient fruits, the pomegranate is mentioned in 14 books of the Bible and in many other ancient writings.

  • Tennova Healthcare will offer area residents free assistance in learning about and enrolling in health insurance options on the Health Insurance Marketplace.

    The health system will have a free workshop to help individuals enroll from 8 a.m. to noon Nov. 22 in the registration department at Physicians Regional Medical Center at 900 E. Oak Hill Ave., Knoxville.

    Application counselors will be on hand to help with enrollments on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Rockwood Volunteer 1 Pythian Sisters, an auxiliary of Rockwood Knights of Pythias, collected a number of awards during the organization’s recent Supreme Convention.

    Volunteer Temple 1 Most Excellent Chief Jewel Breeden a letter of recognition, and congratulatory comments and certificates were given to those who sponsored of new members in 2013.

    Accepting the honors are, in no particular order, Pat Brown, Jennifer Ezell, Jenni Kelly, Elizabeth McNelly, Kathy Human (who accepted Charlie Parker’s award on his behalf) and Kathy Cole.

  • Rockwood Rotary Club President Eddie Bilbrey welcomes Cindy Miller, a teacher at the Rockwood High School, as the club’s newest member.

    Miller is married to Mike “Brillo” Miller, newly elected Rockwood mayor and longtime member of the Roane County Board of Education.

  • Twins Tenley and Leyton Bolden turned 1 year old on Oct. 29.

    They celebrated on Nov. 1 with a Dr. Seuss-themed party with relatives and friends.

    They are the children of Tim and Amber Bolden of Harriman.

    Grandparents are Steve and Mona Bolden of Harriman, Dave and Leslie Senk of San Ramon, Calif., Scott Parcels of Davidson, Mich., and Lyle Yingling of Knoxville.

  • Last Sunday Redd Hardy was ordained for a deacon at St. Mary’s Missionary Baptist Church in Chattanooga, where he has been a member for a long time.

    Herbert and Carolyn Griffin, Richard and Mary Hickey, Keith and Jill Johnson and Rosa Osborn of Harriman attended this service.

    Deacon Hickey read the Scripture. Deacon Griffin gave the duty of a deacon and Carolyn gave encouraging expressions to her daughter, Redd’s wife.

    Robin’s son Randy Shannon sang a melody of songs.

  • Kingston City Council member Teresa Nichols and her husband, Jeff, took the Roane County News with them on a recent trip to Denmark.

    The trio stopped by Legoland in Billund, Denmark, for one of the paper’s more fun photos. Planning a vacation? Take your Roane County News along and pose with it to be included in an upcoming issue. Be sure to tell us where you — and the News — traveled for a break and photo. You may drop off photos at the newspaper office at 204 Franklin St., Kingston, or email to newsroom@roanecounty.com. Happy travels!

  • CONTACT Care Line will have a free training session for those interested in its reassurance program.

    The training will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Nov. 13 in Grace Lutheran Church at 131 W. Gettysburg Ave., Oak Ridge.

    Volunteers may park in the back parking lot of the church and enter through the double-glass doors.

    Those interested in more information may call 865-312-7450 or email office@contact

    carelinetn.org and leave a name and phone number.