Today's Features

  • Troy and Ashley Anderson took their children to Florida for Christmas.

    They went to Disney World and other places of interest.

    Troy said, “This was a great Christmas for all of us.”

    After Christmas Day, Mel and Stephanie and their children, along with Mel’s mother, Carolyn Clemmons, spent a week in Florida.

    The children love going there. They see so many things and have several friends there they go out with.

  • Obed Wild and Scenic River, in partnership with bowyer Travis Gosnell, will have the year’s first primitive bow workshop on Jan. 15.

    The workshop will be from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Obed Visitor Center at 208 Maiden St., Wartburg.

    Gosnell, who built his first bow as a child, said he has always enjoyed a good challenge.

    “At times, it is a kind of therapy from the rat race of life,” he said about building bows.

    Gosnell has his bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Tennessee Tech University.

  • Kingston Parks and Recreation Department has named the winners of its annual holiday decorating contest.

    Jamestowne Assisted Living, at 851 Lawnville Road, is this year's business winner.

    Tom and Debbie Curry won this year's residential award. Their award-winning home is at 745 Montvue St.

  • The Kingdom Heirs Gospel group will give a benefit concert for Midtown 1st District Volunteer Fire Department on Jan. 9 in the Princess Theatre, Harriman.

    Doors open at 6 p.m.; the concert starts at 7.

    The Kingdom Heirs, whose pianist is Harriman’s Andy Stringfield, has been the resident Gospel group at Dollywood for almost three decades.

    Tickets for this benefit concert are $20 for the lower level, $15 for the balcony.

  • A pledge campaign to help fund construction of an amphitheater on Watts Bar Lake in Kingston will officially get underway in January.

    The goal of the 18-month-long campaign is to raise $160,000 for the construction of what is being referred to as Three Rivers Amphitheater.

    “Three Rivers Amphitheater refers to the site’s proximity to the Tennessee, Clinch and Emory rivers,” said a website dedicated to the project at www.kingstonamphitheater.org.

  • Kids First Child Advocacy Center’s 10th annual Soup’s On fundraising event will be on Jan. 21 in Tellico Village Community Church’s Christian life center.

    Lunch will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; dinner will be from 4:30 to 7 p.m.

    Tickets are on sale now and are $10 in advance, $12 at the door.

    Soups will include Blackfoot potato with sausage, Tuscan chicken, Elvis Presley vegetable, vegetarian and Hunter’s Chili.

    Call 865-986-1505 or visit kidsfirsttn.org for details.

  • The Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry and the Dayton Chamber of Commerce recently awarded the coveted Champion of Commerce award to state Rep. Ron Travis.

    Travis, a Dayton Republican, represents part of Rockwood and southwestern Roane County in District 31 of the Tennessee House of Representatives.

    The statewide board of directors for the Tennessee Chamber approves the award for legislators who have demonstrated exemplary efforts in protecting and promoting business and free enterprise at the conclusion of each General Assembly.

  • Obed Wild and Scenic River will kick off the new year with two programs on Jan. 3.

    Join National Park Service rangers for a free cup of coffee and informational session at Lilly Bridge from 10 to 10:30 a.m.

    The Climb With a Ranger program will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., beginning at Lilly Bridge.

    The park will provide all gear for rock climbing. Those participating should bring drinking water and sturdy footwear.

  • An Oliver Springs woman who has long been intrigued by the mystery slayings of two sisters and their 16-year-old errand boy has written a book about the ordeal.

    “Murder by the Springs: An Unsolved Triple Murder in Oliver Springs in 1940” is a 138-page book penned by Danita Ashley, who has researched the story for more than a decade. The book is available on Amazon.com and may be purchased in either paperback or Kindle version.

  • James William Daugherty Sr. and Brenda Sue Daugherty celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary on Dec. 28.

    “God bless you, Mom and Dad,” said their family, which includes Christina Daugherty; David, Sissy and Ethan Christmas; and Bill and Jill Daugherty.