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Today's Features

  • Babies born at Methodist Medical Center, Oak Ridge, to Roane County parents:
    Jan. 3 — Amber Leasure and Mitchell Butler, Oliver Springs. A boy, Chayce Wayne, 6 pounds, 8 ounces. Grandparents: James and Beth Haney; Mike and Joy Jackson.

    • Bethany Dykes and David Redwine, Rockwood. A girl, Aubrianna Elaine, 5 pounds, 14 ounces. Sibling: Caden. Grandparents: Jeff Redwine and Tracy Redwine.

  • Harriman High School band director Jim Hix will be the guest conductor for Babahatchie Community Band’s concert this weekend.

    The concert will begin at 6 p.m. May 3 in Harriman High School.

    “We have a wonderful and challenging concert to perform,” said Babahatchie spokeswoman Alison Westrich, who noted that Hix will conduct the first half of the concert.

    Hix will start out the band with a John Philip Sousa march, “Bullets and Bayonets.”

  • The Roane County News said “aloha!” to The Aloha State when it accompanied longtime subscribers Eddie and Leila Sutherland to Oahu, Hawaii.

    Eddie takes time to show off the paper in a snapshot Leila took at Diamond Head State Monument in Honolulu.

    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.

  • For the first time in 127 days, the national average price for regular unleaded gasoline exceeded $2.50 per gallon last Friday.

    Sunday’s price of $2.53 per gallon represents an increase of 8 cents per gallon in comparison to last Sunday, and the national average has moved higher for 12 consecutive days.

    “Motorists haven’t seen prices this high since December,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman for AAA, The Auto Club Group.

  • Who is doing extraordinary volunteer work in the Roane County community?

    AARP Tennessee invites area residents to thank them with a nomination for the state’s 2015 Andrus Award for Community Service.

    The Tennessee winner earns $3,000 for the charity of their choice.

    The annual Andrus Award for Community Service is AARP’s most prestigious and visible volunteer award.

  • The Tennessee Eagles Radio Controlled Aircraft Club will be producing two air shows this year.

    The air shows, on June 13 and Sept. 26, are open to the public. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.

    Flying will be from about 9 a.m. to about 3 p.m. Food and soft drinks will be available for purchase.

    In honor of U.S. military heroes, the June 13 air show will be a Warbird event.

    Members from the Tennessee Eagles and other area clubs will fly scale military aircraft representing those from World Wars I and II.

  • May 7 will be observed as 2015’s National Day of Prayer.

    “Millions of people all across America will gather to pray for our country,” said the Rev. Mason Goodman, who is organizing an observance in Harriman at the Temperance Building.

    “Everyone is welcome to join us at 12 noon as we pray for God to bless America,” he added.

    Another observance will take place at noon on the front steps of the Roane County Courthouse, Kingston.

  • A concert by award-winning baritone Steve Darmody will begin at 11 a.m. May 2 during the worship service at Roane Community Seventh-day Adventist Church.

    The church is at 336 Patton Lane, between Harriman and Rockwood.

    “Steve’s award-winning voice has been called ‘the milk chocolate voice of gospel music’,” one of his representatives said.

    The public is welcome to attend the concert.

    No admission will be charged. An offering will be received.

  • Kingston's Fort Southwest Point was given a couple of boosts last week by the county's Daughters of the American Revolution Chapters.

    Southwest Point Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution members worked with Y-12 volunteers on April 25 at the Fort's Welcome Center.

    The flower bed was transformed into a landscaped garden that will provide colorful blooms for the visitors to the Fort this summer.

    Parks and Recreation Director Rick Ross was there to show his appreciation for the hard work and time given by the volunteers.

  • An exhibit of photographer Wayne Setser’s work will be on display in Rockwood High School next week.

    The exhibit, “Forgotten Steps,” will be on display through May 8.

    The opening reception will be from 6 to 8 p.m. May 4 in the school’s old cafeteria at 512 W. Rockwood St.

    “Forgotten Steps” is a group of 20 large format black-and-white photographs exploring old, unused steps leading to now-forgotten destinations. Most were photographed in Roane, Morgan and Monroe counties.