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Today's Features

  • Oliver Springs First Baptist Church will welcome the Rev. Blair Waddell to lead its morning worship service on Oct. 12.

    Waddell is a former Oliver Springs First Baptist youth minister.

    He’s among the visiting former church leaders who have been conducting services in the absence of a full-time pastor.

    Waddell led a thriving youth group during his tenure in Oliver Springs.

    He started studies for his master’s degree while on staff at Oliver Springs First Baptist.

  • Singer-songwriter and Kingston native Woody Wright will make a couple of appearances in his hometown in October.

    Wright is a featured artist with the “Gaither Homecoming” series and a gospel recording artist.

    He will be the guest speaker as he revisits some of his school teachers at the Oct. 10 Roane County Retired Teachers luncheon in Kingston Community Center.

    The meeting will start at 11:30 a.m.

    On Oct. 13, Wright will be the guest artist for Kingston First Baptist Church’s Young at Heart luncheon.

  • Editor’s note: Ellen Probert Williams is taking a brief respite. As she rests up, we share one of her classic columns, first published on Oct. 9, 2013.

    Area markets are featuring enormous pumpkins and, even though it isn’t quite Halloween time, preparations are afoot for that annual day of witches, haunts, goblins and ghosts.

  • U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Samantha M. Adams recently graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio.

    Adams is the daughter of Stanley M. Adams of Sarasota, Fla., Heather J. Raines of Harriman, and Shelia Morton of Dandridge.

    She is the stepdaughter of Robert Raines of Harriman and the sister of Jeffrey L. Adams of Knoxville. Her grandmother is Shelia Adams of Sarasota.

    The airman is a 2007 graduate of Bearden High School, Knoxville.

  • The 15th annual Oak Ridge Street Painting Festival will be from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 4 (rain date Oct. 5) at Roane State Community College’s Oak Ridge campus.

    Dozens of artists will transform concrete sidewalk squares into colorful chalk paintings during this free festival organized by the Rotary Club of Oak Ridge.

    Children’s activities include face painting, chalking and other free activities from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Kid Zone. Music will be provided by the Roane State Celebration Singers at 9 a.m.

  • Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association will forego its regular monthly meeting in October.

    Instead, members of the association encourage the public to attend a community meeting on Oct. 9 to gather input on the future of American Museum of Science and Energy operations.

    The meeting, a cooperation between the city of Oak Ridge and the Museum Foundation, will be from 6 to 8 p.m. in the museum at 300 S. Tulane Ave.

    Registration and light refreshments will be available beginning at 5:30 p.m.

  • A partnership between Second Harvest Food Bank and the Boy Scouts of America Great Smoky Mountains Council’s Scouting for Food program was recently given a financial boost in the form of a $60,000 grant from the Boyd Youth Education Fund of the East Tennessee Foundation.

    Now, with additional financial support, this ongoing long-term partnership will be able to expand the Scouting for Food drive, which occurs in February, and it will fund opportunities for Boy Scout education and leadership.

  • The second annual Senior Street Fair, a cooperative effort between Rockwood Housing Authority and Mid-East Community Action Agency, will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 24.

    The event for senior citizens will be on West Rockwood Street in front of Martin Manor Apartments.

    “We are going to have music this year,” said Jennifer Watson, housing manager.

    Tommy Hardin will be playing oldies like Elvis Presley.

    In addition to vendors, the festival will include a chili and cornbread competition for seniors. There is no entry fee.

  • Roane County Schools’ sixth annual “Run for Your Health” 5k race/walk will be Nov. 1 at Fort Southwest Point, Kingston.

    Entry fee is $25 for adults who register before Oct. 18 and $30 afterward; student entry fee is $10.

    The walking division will begin at 8:30 a.m., with runners to start at 9; registration tables will open at 7:45.

  • By Bonita Irwin • For Roane Newspapers
    Alumni of the former Wheat High School and old Roane College, as well as former residents of the former Wheat community, will celebrate their annual homecoming at the George Jones Church on Oct. 5.

    The service will begin at 11 a.m., with A.L. Turpin bringing the message. A basket lunch will be served at noon under the nearby tent.

    The community of Wheat, situated near the K-25 Site, was first known as Bald Hill because all of the timber had been cut to construct houses.