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Today's Features

  • The Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area will provide assistance on June 6-7 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 located 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.

  • Gold City, the Gadsden, Ala.-based award-winning Southern Gospel ensemble, will give a benefit performance beginning at 7 p.m. June 6 in Harriman’s Princess Theatre at 421 Roane St.

    Proceeds from the performance will support the Princess Theatre Foundation.

    The group includes, from left, Robert Fulton, Daniel Riley, Tim Riley, Chip Pullen and Bryan Elliott.

    Tickets are $15 and are available at Rocky Top General Store and Harriman Jewelry Exchange.

  • The McKameys, a premier East Tennessee family gospel-singing group from Clinton, will host their 31st annual Hometown Singing on June 6-7 in Clinton Second Baptist Church.

    The Inspirations of Bryson City, N.C., will be the special guest at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

    Saturday’s special guest will be The Rochesters of Blacksburg, S.C., at 6 p.m.

    Reserved seating is $15; general admission is $13.

    Call 865-457-3678 for details or to purchase tickets by phone.

  • As summer approaches and many Tennesseans go outdoors for hiking and boating and other warm-weather activities, snakes will emerge as well. Vanderbilt University Medical Center medical toxicologist John Benitez, associate professor of clinical medicine and emergency medicine, offers tips for avoiding these reptiles and what to do if bitten.

  • The congregation of Bethel Presbyterian Church, Kingston, recently received notification from the National Wildlife Federation that the church has been officially certified as a Wildlife Habitat site.

    Church members have been has been working since 2009 to make the landscape around the church more environmentally friendly to nature.

    Many areas around the church are mulched to create plant space that improves habitat for wildlife by providing essential elements needed – natural food sources, cover and places to raise their young.

  • The congregation of Rockwood Wesleyan Church will honor the faithful service of Pastor Robert “Bob” Lower during its 11 a.m. service on June 8.

    Lower, who has served as church pastor for 21 years, is retiring. He has also served as chaplain for the Rockwood Fire Department during his 21 years with the Wesleyan Church.

    The public is welcome to join in the celebration of Lower’s dedication to the Lord, his community and his congregation.

    Rockwood Wesleyan Church is at 300 S. Church Ave.

  • Bro. Joe Moore of Scarboro Church of Christ, Oak Ridge, will be the guest speaker at Sevier Drive Church of Christ, Harriman, on June 1.

    Moore will teach Sunday school 10:45 a.m. and deliver the service message at 11:30 a.m.

    The church is at 1014 Sevier Drive.

  • Batley Baptist
    “Weird Animals: Where Jesus’ Love is One of a Kind” is the theme of Batley Baptist Church’s vacation Bible school. The VBS will be May 27-31; classes will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday. The church is near Oliver Springs at 670 Batley Road. Call 435-2400 or email batleychurchoffice@comcast.net for details or transportation.

  • It started with a nagging cough.

    Saundra Gillum thought it was probably just some sort of cold virus and, like most moms, disregarded her health concerns in favor of caring for others. Her adult son was going through cancer treatment, the holidays had arrived, and her time was precious.

    “I didn’t think about myself,” Gillum said. “I was thinking more about my son.”

  • What is in fashion governs us more than we realize.

    There are fashions in everything: clothes, foods, decorative arts, jewelry, hair styles, home decor, music, dance and drama, manners and morals, and, surprisingly, flowers.

    Wearing flowers is at a low point currently, but flowers were worn as lapel corsages or hair ornaments with almost any outfit in the 1930s and ’40s. And this was the heyday of the gardenia.