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Today's Features

  • The devastation of coral reefs will be the topic of the next episode of “Classroom Under the Sea,” an online lecture series hosted by two educators living underwater for more than two months.

    The live program starts at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4.

    Viewers can watch live at roanestate.edu/classroomunderthesea and on youtube.com/classroomunderthesea.

    Roane State Community College biology professor Bruce Cantrell and adjunct professor Jessica Fain are living and working in an underwater habitat for 73 days.

  • State Rep. Ron Travis has recently made a donation in support of Tennessee Wildlife Federation’s Hunters for the Hungry program.

    Travis’ donation will cover the cost of deer processing in his area, House District 31, which includes part of Rockwood.

    Hunters for the Hungry provides funding to 79 wild game processors across 63 Tennessee counties.

    The processors receive donated venison from hunters during whitetail deer season, package the lean, organic meat for free or at a reduced rate, and make it available to area food banks and kitchens.

  • Mid-East Community Action Agency will have its quarterly distribution of USDA commodity foods next month.

    The distribution will be in Harriman Church of God at 3106 Roane State Hwy., Midtown.

    Harriman and Kingston residents will pick up their foods from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 4.

    The food pick up for Oliver Springs and Rockwood residents will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 5.

    Commodity food recipients should be certified.

    Those receiving the foods are advised to bring a bag in which to carry the food.

  • Guests will dance jigs and reels to fiddlers’ tunes during “A Celtic Holiday” at the annual Gala hosted by the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge.

    The Gala, celebrating the culture and cuisine of Scotland and Ireland, will be from 6 to 11 p.m. Dec. 5 in the museum at 461 W. Outer Drive.

    The event benefits the museum. Tickets are $125 each.

    Call Carroll Welch at 865-482-1074, Ext. 105, or visit www.childrensmuseumofoakridge.org for details.

  • Renaissance Terrace, Harriman, had a recent quilt-hanging dedication ceremony in honor of veterans.

    Nurse Missy Watson, far left, made the quilt, which was framed by Ellis Cable, far right.

    The ceremony was attended by state Sen. Ken Yager, center left, and administrator Roger Parker.

  • The Avery Trace Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution recently honored Southwest Baptist Church.

    DAR members presented a certificate from National Flag Chairman NSDAR Mary-Mac Barnett for the “proper use, correct display and patriotic presentation of the flag of the United States of America.”

    The certificate, presented to the church on Veterans Day, was also signed by the NSDAR President General Lynn Forney Young.

  • In the spirit of Christmas and giving to others, members of Beech Park Baptist Church’s kindergarten class, including, from left, Laila Luke, Raegan Green, Britton Tackett, Olivia Kitterman, Brooklyn Bradley and Maddox Tackett have been busy collecting items to send for Project Back Country-Mexico Christmas.

    The class is led by Sherry Brown and Frances Cromwell.

    Beech Park Baptist Church is at 1085 Tri County Blvd., Oliver Springs.

    Call the church office at 435-0045 for more about the project.

  • Kingston First Baptist Church’s Young at Heart will be returning to its home next month in the church’s family life center.

    The group moved its monthly meetings to Kingston United Methodist Church for more than a year while Kingston First Baptist Church’s building program was underway.

    Its first meeting back will begin at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 1. Kingston First Baptist Church is at 215 N. Kentucky St.

    “We are growing by leaps and bounds,” said Young at Heart member Gina Ross of attendance at the church.

  • “Christian Women, Do You Give Lip Service?” was this year’s theme for the 39th annual Ladies Inspiration Day recently hosted by the women of Sevier Drive Church of Christ, Harriman.

    The theme was taken from Matthew 7:21-23.

    Ruby Simmons of East Second Street Church of Christ, Cleveland, was the featured speaker.

    She talked about how people will try to discourage other people from serving the Lord by their negative conversations about others, and other offensive talks that might hurt an individual.

  • South Harriman Baptist Church will begin its presentation this weekend of “For Unto You,” a four-part drama heralding the Christmas season.

    The drama will begin at 11 a.m. each Sunday from Nov. 30-Dec. 21.

    It begins on Nov. 30 with “The Foretelling,” in which prophets of old disclose the coming of a special gift.

    “The Promise” will be presented on Dec. 7. In that part, Mary and Joseph will learn about their special mission.