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Today's Features

  • 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.

  • Rockwood 2000 will host a public candidate forum at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 7 in Rockwood City Hall.

    The purpose of this event is to introduce the public to candidates running for Tennessee House of Representatives Districts 31 and 32, Rockwood mayor and Rockwood City Council in the Nov. 4 election.

    The public forum’s objective is to inform as many people as possible about the positions of each candidate.

    Candidates will be grouped according to the position for which they are running.

  • Volunteer Energy Cooperative reminds members to be on alert for a telephone scam that continues to plague rural Tennesseans.

    Scam artists call a home or business posing as a co-op or utility employee who threatens to shut off service unless the consumer provides immediate payment using a reloadable debit card, prepaid gift card or online payment service like PayPal.

  • Babies born at Methodist Medical Center, Oak Ridge, to Roane County parents:

    Aug. 8 — Jamie and Randall Wells, Rockwood. A girl, Cali Isabella, 7 pounds, 7 ounces. Siblings: Allie and Josie. Grandparents: Raymond and Sonya Golliher; Randy and Ann Wells.

    Aug. 19 — Autumn Phillips and Ronny Hamrick, Oliver Springs. A boy, Kason Blake, 8 pounds, 10 ounces. Grandparents: Ronny and Jeannie Hamrick; Leighann Hamrick; Whitney and Dewayne Butler; Nick Phillips.