Today's Features

  • Happy birthday to the Rev. James Springs.

    He recently celebrated his birthday with the men of his church, who took him out for a special meal.

    He was surprised, and it was a wonderful day just being out with the men who love their pastor.

    May you be blessed with many more happy birthdays, the Rev. Springs.
    Pastor Alvin and Mary Alice Douglass spent a week’s vacation with their family in South Carolina.

    This was a great week.

    They visited places of interest, shopped and ate at some good restaurants.

    We East Tennesseans bid farewell to summer in a big way on Labor Day weekend.
    The University of Tennessee Volunteers open football season with orange pride on Saturday in Nashville.
    Boomsday, Knoxville’s fireworks spectacular for 28 years, takes its final bow with a bang on Sunday.
    But in The RoCo, it’s Harriman that takes center stage.

  • A TRIO OF TRIADS: A 3-on-3 basketball tournament for ages 10-16; teams can be co-ed. 11 a.m. Monday, Fred R. Davis Park (formerly Triangle Park), Harriman. 321-2130, or visit the Bria-Shannel Committee on Facebook for details.

    HORSIN’ AROUND: Two-day East Tennessee Cutting Horse Association show. 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Roane State Expo Center’s indoor arena. Free to spectators. Lynn Hicks at 423-741-1435 or hhicks@btes.tv.

  • Last Sunday Carolyn Griffin and I attended the fifth anniversary celebration for the Little Leaf Missionary Baptist Church youth choir.

    Their theme was “Help Me Lift Him Up.”

    Several groups, praise dancers and one special soloist from Alcoa performed.

    Little Leaf Choir closed the show.

    This was a wonderful service. Afterward, refreshments were served in the fellowship hall.

    This is where the Elder Thomas Dews is pastor.

  • Kingston’s Impact Church is about nourishing the soul.

    One group, however, focuses on nourishing the body as well.

    “Well, we like to eat,” said Dusty Stout, Impact’s pastor of administration, of the 15-member group. “It has turned into a full supper each week.”

    Groups at Impact are similar to Sunday school classes at other churches, Stout explained. But it’s with a twist. The group Stout leads meets at 6 p.m. each Tuesday.

This month’s “Singing in The City” hosted by Victorious  Ministries, will be this Saturday,  Aug. 22 at 6 p.m. but in a new location.

  • Kingston’s Marianne DeVaney won this year’s Roane County Cooperative Ministries photo contest.

  • Harriman Church of God is planning “Elevate,” its 2015 revival with Host Pastor Jeff Blackburn from Aug. 23-27 at the church at 3106 Roane State Hwy., Midtown.
    Doug Small, president of Alive Ministries: Project Pray, will be the guest speaker for Sunday services at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Special music guest will be Ty Parker and the East Chattanooga Church of God Choir and Praise Team.
    Weekday services will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday will be Youth Emphasis Night. Thursday’s service will be followed by the pastor’s reception.

  • FRIDAY, AUG. 21
    • The Presbyterian Women’s Association of Rockwood First Presbyterian Church will have a two-day rummage/bag sale from 9 a.m to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the basement of the church at 429 W. Rockwood St.

    • Three Rivers Community Baptist Church, Kingston, will have a yard sale beginning at 8 a.m. at the church at 107 Paint Rock Ferry Road. Call Pastor Dennis Hawkins at 765-7459 for details.

    SUNDAY, AUG. 23

  • The Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services will present the 2015 Access to Justice Awards on Sept. 2 at its annual Equal Justice University.

    The awards honor legal professionals who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in the cause of expanding access to civil legal services.

    Among those to be honored is Lenny Croce.

    Croce will receive the B. Riney Green Award, which recognizes advocates who coordinate statewide efforts to improve the quality of legal services for low-income Tennesseans.