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Today's Features

  • 25 Years Ago
    Kingston property owners who did not live in the city had their hopes — and their votes — dashed with a 1987 Kingston City Charter change. It was the first time in many years non-residents who own property were excluded from determining Kingston mayor and City Council members. Consequently, it kept residents of Harriman, Rockwood, Oliver Springs and Oak Ridge who owned property in Kingston from voting in two of the county’s municipal elections.

  • One of Cumberland County Playhouse’s most popular productions, “Smoke on the Mountain,” returns to the stage of the Crossville theater on May 30.

    Now in its 21st consecutive year at Cumberland County Playhouse, “Smoke” continues to play to sold-out crowds and delight audiences again and again.

    “The publisher, Samuel French Inc. — the oldest and largest publisher for plays and musicals in the world — tells us it’s the most popular show they license,” said director Weslie Webster.

  • The observation deck of the Sunsphere in Knoxville’s World’s Fair Park is now open and offering an updated experience.

    In addition to basic upgrades including new floor and ceiling tiles, the observation deck features updated information on the numerous and diverse educational and entertainment opportunities Knoxville has to offer.

    “The Sunsphere is the first thing many people see when they come to visit our city and a favorite spot for locals in the community,” said Kim Bumpas, president of Visit Knoxville.

  • Kingston American Legion Post 110 will have its annual Memorial Day observance beginning at 10 a.m. May 26 at Bethel Cemetery.

    U.S. Army retiree Rod Schneider will be the keynote speaker for the event.

    The program includes a call to order by Cmdr. Randy Heidle, Cub Scout Pack 101’s presentation of colors, placing of the wreath by Buddy Miles, and invocation by Ab Armour.

    The observance will close with roll call by Cherokee Middle School, a 21-gun salute by the Roane County Honor Guard and the playing of taps by buglar Mike Rotters.

  • Farmers and farmers’ markets across the state have increased their reach to the more than 1.3 million Tennesseans participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, formerly known as Food Stamps.

    The Tennessee Department of Human Services, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture and the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service recently had a Farmers’ Market On-Site Application and Approval Event for those interested in receiving free wireless point-of-sale devices equipped to accept SNAP benefits.

  • Ken and Pat Mynatt are the recipients of the Harriman Garden Club’s April/May Residential Beautification Award.

    A bevy of spring flowers are on the lawn of the Mynatts’ home on Trenton Street in the Cornstalk Heights area.

    Adkisson's Flowers at 503 N. Roane St., owned by Jesse and Linda Rittenhouse, is cited by the Harriman Garden Club as its most beautiful commercial establishment in April/May.

    Nominations for residential and commercial honors may be sent to Harriman Garden Club, P.O. Box 1422, Harriman, TN 37748 or jamie@acedemo.net.

  • Secret City Festival organizers are gearing up for the 12th annual community celebration June 13-14.

    Legendary country music artist Kix Brooks will bring his high energy, hit-filled show to the main stage at 7 p.m. June 14.

    Tickets are now on sale. Visit www.secretcityfestival.com for details.

    Country rock band Phoenix Drive will open for Brooks.

    Brooks enjoyed early career success as a songwriter before teaming up with Ronnie Dunn to form the highest-selling duo act in the history of country music.

  • “Fizz, Boom, Read,” the 2014 summer reading at Harriman Public Library, kicks off June 18 with “Fizz Boom” chemistry with Al Hazari.

    Activities for all ages that day will be from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 in the library at 601 Walden St.

    With the exception of July 2, programs continue each Wednesday through July 30.

    Upcoming activities are:

  • A number of activities are planned for “Spark a Reaction,” Harriman Public Library’s 2013 Teen Summer Reading Program.

    Activities get underway on July 10 with a “going viral” science mix program.

    All programs are from 3 to 4 p.m. each Thursday from July 10-31.

    The only exception is the final program, which will be from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

    Upcoming activities include:

    July 17 — Duct-tape art and snacks.

  • Edna Lawson’s family celebrated five generations with the birth of Lawson’s great-great-grandson, Wyatt Poore.

    Lawson, seated, celebrates the family’s newest addition with, standing from left, Judy Blake, James “J.L.” Lawson and Jessica Humphreys, holding baby Wyatt.