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Today's Features

  • Sophistication and fun were the order of the Roane State Foundation's Upstairs/Downstairs High Tea, meant to be reminiscent of the times, glitz and etiquette of the setting of popular PBS television show, “Downton Abbey.”

    The tea in Whitestone Country Inn was to raise money for student scholarships with a focus on adult learners.

    It included a fashion show.

  • The national average price for gasoline rose last week for the first time in four months, snapping the longest streak of declines at the pump on record, AAA reported on Monday.

    The U.S. average for a gallon of regular unleaded declined 123 consecutive days, from Sept. 26-Jan. 26, delivering a discount of $1.31 during that period.

    AAA reported the average price has risen 2 cents since Jan. 27.

    “Gasoline prices have finally adjusted to the plunging price of oil,” said Mark Jenkins, AAA spokesman.

  • George Dagley Jr., Morgan County World War II veteran, will be the featured Memories of the Obed program speaker on Feb. 14.

    The program starts at 2 p.m. in the Obed Visitor Center at 208 N. Maiden St., Wartburg.

    Dagley is the son of George Dagley Sr., who was Morgan County mayor during the 1930s.

    Memories to be shared include a glimpse of life in Wartburg during the 1930s, including childhood adventures at Potters Falls, school times and his experiences during wartime.

    No reservations are required to attend this free program.

  • Michael Dunn Center introduces the members of its board of directors.

    They include, front row from left, Barbara Capell, Harriett Westmoreland, Debbie Alexander-Davis, Gail Christian; and back row, the Rev. Bill Fowler, Wayne Tipps, Jim Pinkerton, Ron Blanchard, state Sen. Ken Yager and Jim Conway.

    Not pictured are Lana Seivers, Bill Leuking, Ted Bowers, Chris Whaley and state Rep. Kent Calfee.

    Calfee and Yager are the newest additions to the board.

  • Residents throughout Roane County and East Tennessee will have the chance to participate in the upcoming Scouting for Food event to help fight hunger.

    In a partnership between Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee and the Boy Scouts of America Great Smoky Mountain Council, the Scouting for Food program is designed to encourage communities to come together and combat hunger while teaching scouts the importance of giving back and spreading good will.

  • Happy belated birthday to Dan Baker who recently celebrated his special day.

    I hope you had a great celebration and hope you have many more.

    I extend my sympathy to the family of Trixie Siler, who passed away Wednesday. Arrangements were incomplete at the time of this writing.

    Burckon and Mary Walker left Spring City to attend the services of Mr. Burckon’s father in Blytheville, Ark.

    Several members from Cedine Bible Mission attended this service, including Missionary Gloria Ward.

  • Homeowners, businesses and groups of any variety can now sign up to receive free trees for their property or community.

    The catch? The trees must be planted during one hour — at 11 a.m. Eastern time on Feb. 21.

    A team of non-profit organizations, state agencies and community groups seeks to plant 50,000 trees in one hour across Tennessee on “50K Tree Day,” the first tree-planting undertaking of its size in Tennessee, according to event organizers.

    Organizers are currently recruiting interested groups and individuals to get involved.

  • The Tennessee Department of Agriculture has issued a public advisory for an undeclared peanut allergen in 5-ounce containers of Pride of Szeged Hungarian Spice paprika.

    The paprika is distributed by Spice Co. of Avenel, N.J.

    On Jan. 12, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture conducted routine retail food product sampling in the Cleveland area.

  • Caris Hospice is seeking volunteers to work with patients and families coping with a terminal illness in Roane County.

    Patient visitation and caregiver respite, administrative and special-projects volunteers are needed.

    “Please join us to share a smile or laugh, organize the office or make a gift for our patients,” said Jennifer Wilson, hospice volunteer coordinator.

    “Overwhelmingly, our volunteers report they receive blessings during this sacred time.”

  • Special music and messages were given during a service celebrating the spiritual legacy of the civil rights leader on the eve of his birthday.

    Rockwood church leaders under the name People for the Dream organized the event in Rockwood Christian Church, Disciples of Christ.

    “The whole movement was born out of the church,” said Bea Thomas, Speights Chapel AME Zion Church pastor, prior to the event.