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Today's Features

  • SUNDAY, JULY 27

  • There has long been great controversy about whether yams and sweet potatoes are the same — or whether they are two different things.

    The argument consists of two different opinions, equally adamant.

    Some research into the matter is most clearly indicated.

    Webster’s Dictionary is a good place to start. It says that sweet potatoes are large, sweet, thick tuberous roots of a tropical vine related to the morning glory, with variously shaped leaves and purple flowers.

  • Beginning the week of July 28, the city of Oak Ridge will begin dismantling the International Friendship Bell House in Bissell Park.

    Earlier this spring, the city commissioned a structural evaluation of the bell house to determine the extent of suspected water damage to the supporting beams.

    The evaluation determined the majority of the structure, which was holding the 8,000-pound Friendship Bell, was beyond repair.

  • East Tennessee author Cheryl Peyton will be the guest speaker at Kingston Public Library’s “Thursday Night at the Library” on July 24.

    The event starts at 6 p.m. in the library at 1004 Bradford Way.

    Peyton will be discussing her four books, with particular attention to her thriller, “Six Minutes to Midnight,” set in Oak Ridge.

  • An eight-hour AARP driver safety class in Roane County next month offers area senior citizens a refresher course on driving and an update on rules of the road.

    The new two-day AARP Smart Driver course will be from noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 18-19 in Kingston Community Center.

    The course has been updated from those previously taught.

    Course participants will be taught to adjust to age-related physical changes; reduce incidents of violations and accidents; and update driving skills and rules of the road in a stress-free environment.

  • Roane County Habitat for Humanity has started building its 34th house in the county on Hope Circle in Kingston.

    Since 1992, Roane County Habitat has built houses for families in need of adequate or affordable housing.

    A selection process identifies families that have both the need for better housing and the ability to make the monthly zero-interest mortgage payments.

    The families then partner with Habitat by donating time to build Habitat homes, and they participate in home ownership training.

  • Tennessee’s annual sales tax-free holiday is coming up on Aug. 1-3.

    The annual holiday provides parents an opportunity to get needed back-to-school supplies and clothing, but the savings are available to Tennesseans of all ages, said state Sen. Ken Yager.

    “This sales tax holiday is very beneficial to parents by helping with a lot of the back-to-school expenses incurred at this time of year,” the Kingston Republican said.

  • More fun in the sun for the Roane County News this vacation season — this time with Linda Wolfenbarger on a vacation in California.

    While she catches up on her hometown news, the critter looking over her shoulder may just be the largest reader we’ve ever had!

    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.

  • Marriage licenses granted at the Roane County Courthouse Jan. 1-July 9:

    • Joel Wesley Hicks to Anna Maria White King, both of Kingston.

    • Billie Glen Adcox to Monuela Alan Rodriguez, both of Harriman.

    • Robert Lee Stout Jr. to Katherine Renee Evans, both of Kingston.

    • William Matthew Langley to Melissa Ann Scandlyn Lemons, both of Harriman.

    • Samuel Slater Delozier, Whitesburg, Ga., to Lindsey Elise Henry, Carrollton, Ga.

  • Kaydan Tyler Garrison celebrated his first birthday on July 26.

    He celebrated on July 26 with a camo/blue-themed party.

    He is the son of Travis Garrison and Whitney Garrison, both of Kingston.

    Kaydan has a 14-year-old brother, Cody Garrison.