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Today's Features

  • Calvary’s Blend from Chattanooga will be this month’s special guests for Rockwood’s Singing in the City, hosted by Victorious.

    The free concert will start at 6 p.m. March 28 in Rockwood Event Center at 116 W. Rockwood St.

    The Roane County Travelers Band will perform some of Gospel music’s old-time favorites.

    Refreshments are available in the dinner-theater-style setting.

    Call Dudley Evans at 245-8152 for details.

  • Kent and Stephanie Cleaver of Franklin announce the forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Cayla Cleaver, to Nathan Basler.

    He is the son of Garland and Jama Basler of Kingston.

    The ceremony will be on May 23 in Franklin. A reception will follow.

    Formal invitations have been sent.

    The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Frank and Charlotte Cleaver of Nashville, and Helen Hughey of Frankin.

    She is a graduate of O’More College of Design with a degree in interior design. She is employed with Allard Ward Architects, Nashville.

  • Charles Parker Andrews was born at 1:52 p.m. Feb. 2 in Tennova, Knoxville.

    He weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces, and was 20 inches long.

    He is the son of Emily McNelly and Dustin Andrews of Kingston.

    Grandparents are Lisa McNelly of Kingston, Missy Andrews of Kingston, and Steven and Becky Andrews of Rockwood.

    Great-grandparents are Rolland and Carolyn McNelly of Midtown, Bill and Deborah Deaton, and Frankie and Gary Andrews.

  • “Now In Command,” a U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary course, will be from 6 to 9 p.m. April 16 in Kingston Community Center.

    Cost of the course is $25.

    The course is geared for those who are generally not at the helm of a boat. Its purpose is to help them become prepared with practical knowledge skills in case of an emergency.

  • In spring, thoughts turn to daffodils, tulips, forsythia — and pancakes.

    To satisfy the sweet tooth, the Kingston Lions Club has scheduled its annual pancake breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. March 28 in Kingston First Baptist Church’s family center.

    The cost is the same as last year: $5 for adults, $2 for children younger than 12.

    The menu will again include pancakes, bacon, sausage, orange juice, milk and coffee.

  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service reports that family-owned farms remain the backbone of the agriculture industry.

    The latest data come from the Census of Agriculture farm typology report and help shine light on the question, “What is a family farm?”

    “As we wrap up mining the 6 million data points from the latest Census of Agriculture, we used typology to further explore the demographics of who is farming and ranching today,” said Statistics Division Director Hubert Hamer.

  • The Tennessee General Assembly has now been in session for more than two months.

    According to LegiScan, an impartial and non-partisan legislative tracking and reporting service, 195 of the 3,192 introduced bills were completed by mid-March.

    Legislative committees are dealing with hundreds of bills ranging from education, environment and health care to firearms, digital currency and controlled substances.

  • Tennessee Specialty License Plates — which support more than 100 different organizations and charities — are now available as gifts through a new website hosted by the state Department of Treasury office at Tennessee Gift Center.

    The website is at tngiftcenter.com.

    The Gift-A-Tag Gift Voucher Program is the first offering on the Tennessee Gift Center website and it can be accessed directly by going to tngiftcenter.com/giftatag.

    Each Gift-A-Tag is good for the purchase of a specialty plate or the personalization of any license plate.

  • “Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash” returns to the Cumberland County Playhouse’s Adventure Theater from March 27-June 9.

    “The show was a huge hit for us in 2013,” said director Bryce McDonald, “and since it closed we’ve had many people ask us to bring it back.”

    Playhouse Producing Director Jim Crabtree concurred.

    “It’s a wonderful production, full of heart, joy and great music,” he said.