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Today's Features

  • Editor’s note: The Roane County News publishes reunions each Monday. Reunion notices should be submitted no later than 3 p.m. Thursday to appear in the following Monday paper.
    COMMUNITY
    • The Emory community reunion will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 24 in the old Little Emory School. Old friends and classmates are welcome to attend. Call Doc Mullins at 717-2818 or Garland Mullins at 882-0191 for details.
    FAMIILY

  • Recently Mark and Nora Hightower spent five days in Philipsburg, N.J.
    They were guests of his cousin Robert Stonecipher.

    His family had a surprise birthday party for Robert. He was really surprised.

    The party was great and was attended by lots of family and friends.
    Roane County High School presented its band concert Saturday, May 4, at 2 p.m.

    Sharon Weatherly, who is working in Rangoon, Burma, will return to the United States in July.

    She will spend some time with her family. Afterward, she will be working in Houston.

  • As the weather gets warmer, the Roane County News has put on its traveling shoes for this year’s vacation season. First stop: Hampton, Fla., with the Ward family of Kingston.

    Joyce and James Ward pose with the News at Joe’s Crab Shack for a photo shot by Pat Ward before “a good meal,” Pat said.

    The trip was a combination vacation, visit with family — and a wedding, which was a surprise to the Kingston relatives. Emily Ward — Joyce’s daughter, Pat’s granddaughter and James’ cousin — married Trevor Wall.

  • The Rockwood High School baccalaureate service for the 2014 graduating class will begin at 6 p.m. May 13 in Rockwood United Methodist Church.

    The church is at 801 N. Kingston Ave.

    A trio of graduates will provide special music.

    The Rev. Don Ferguson will be the keynote speaker.

    He is interim pastor of Rockwood and Asbury Chapel United Methodist churches.

    The service is conducted annually by the Rockwood Ministerial Association.

  • Katelyn Overton is among the Rockwood First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) members who welcomed special guest speaker Henry Fribourg in honor of Holocaust Memorial Day on April 27.

    Fribourg escaped as a child with his immediate family and fled the Nazi occupation before being granted asylum in the United States. His grandparents and many extended family were killed.

    Fribourg shared his families’ story in honor of remembering the 11 million people who were killed during the Nazi’s “Final Solution.”

  • The Romany people, also known as Gypsies, are descendants of an ancient warrior class of northern India.

    They traveled west in about 1000 A.D. Migrating through Persia and Armenia, they traveled through Europe and, much later, the Americas.

    Today, the Roma are scattered all over the world. Their largely nomadic lifestyle is greatly influenced by the effect this had on their culinary ways.

  • 25 Years Ago

  • Each year, Knoxville’s East Tennessee Children’s Hospital gets more than 148,000 visits from tens of thousands of children across 16 Tennessee counties.

    More than 3,300 children from Roane County sought treatment in 2013 at Children’s Hospital.

    Families in Roane County recognize Children’s Hospital as one of the premier resources for pediatrics in the region.

    It offers care in more than 30 pediatric specialties, with more than 500 attending physicians.

  • Kingston Public Library is the recipient of a 2014 Free Access to Computer Training grant made possible through funding by the Tennessee State Library and Archives.

    The library will use the funds to provide free computer training to seniors and many others over the next six months, said Steve Jacks, library director.

    “Several years ago, we received a $18,000 Rural Development Grant to create a computer lab,” Jacks said. “The FACT grant is a continuation of that program.”

  • The 2014 Summer Reading Programs across the country are focusing on science, and children attending the Rockwood Public Library’s program on June 18 will have a special treat.

    Nashville’s Mr. Bond and The Science Guys are gearing up for a visit at 10:30 a.m. to introduce and make science fun for children with their “Fizz, Pop, Boom,” program.

    The program for all ages includes tornado simulations, sound effects and optical illusions.