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Today's Features

  • Kingston Rotary Club’s annual pancake breakfast and silent auction this weekend have lasting effects that go beyond a clean plate.

    All proceeds from this year’s breakfast will be used to support the club’s community and international service projects.

    The breakfast will be from 8 to 11 a.m. Feb. 8 in Kingston Church of Christ family center at 120 Spring St., Kingston.

    Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for children and may be purchased from any Kingston Rotary Club member or at the door.

  • Roane County Habitat for Humanity was recently awarded a $5,000 grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation Inc.

    The funds will be used toward construction of a new home for a Roane County family in 2014.

    “We are very grateful to the Bank of America Charitable Foundation for this grant,” said Todd Fisher, Roane County Habitat president.

  • Medic Regional Blood Center is partnering with the American Heart Association during February in hopes of helping educate the public about being more heart healthy.

    Statistics show that the number one cause of death in Tennessee is cardiovascular disease and stroke.

    Medic is offering donors the chance to decline their T-shirt thank-you gift and opt to have the value of the shirt donated to the American Heart Association.

  • Glen and Nadine Kinser will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary during a reception hosted by Jack and Diane Woolum.

    The reception will be at 4 p.m. Feb. 2 in Pentecostal Lighthouse Church, Harriman.

    All relatives and friends are invited. The couple requests no gifts.

    The Kinsers were married on Feb. 3, 1944, in Harlan, Ky. He is now 90, and she is 89.

  • Rockwood’s Oak Leaf Lodge 49 Knights of Pythias will join the national Order of Knights of Pythias in celebrating the national organization’s 150th anniversary in February.

    Oak Leaf Lodge will have a commemoration dinner and program on Feb. 15 in the lodge hall. All members, guests and prospective candidates for membership are welcome to attend.

  • The Roane County News had a blast when it went to Universal Studios in Orlando, Fla., with Clay Sexton, Kelly Wright and Tanner Jones on an excursion during winter break.

    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.

    You may drop off photos at the newspaper office at 204 Franklin St., Kingston, or email to newsroom@roanecounty.com.

    Happy travels!

  • It helps to get all tax documents together before starting on the 2013 tax return.

    Taxpayers will need a Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement, which employers should send by the end of January.

    Give it a couple of weeks to arrive by mail, said Dan Boone, IRS spokesman.

    Those who haven’t received a W-2 by Feb. 14 should follow these steps:

    • Contact employer first and request a W-2 if it hasn’t already been sent. Make sure the employer has the correct address.

  • Preparations for the 12th annual Secret City Festival are well underway, and applications are now available online for vendors and exhibitors.

    Visit www.SecretCityFestival.com and download an application to become involved in this year’s event, which will take place June 13-14 at AK Bissell Park.

    Artists, crafters, exhibitors and food vendors from around the area are encouraged to apply.

  • 25 Years Ago

  • Ferns are very ancient plants.

    They made their earliest appearance about 400 million years ago, with the club mosses and scouring rushes. Both were ancestors of the true ferns still with us today, virtually unchanged from their ancient forms.

    By the end of the 19th century, many great houses in Boston, Philadelphia, Charleston and other cities had greenhouses where ferns and palms were much-favored plants.

    Ferns comprise the highest division of the so-called flowerless plants. They are extensively used as food in some parts of the world.