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Today's Features

  • Gov. Bill Haslam has proclaimed March 18 as Agriculture Day in Tennessee.

    This day coincides with National Agriculture Day to celebrate the abundance provided by the farms and producers of America.

    “We thank Gov. Haslam for recognizing the influence of agriculture on our state,” Commissioner of Agriculture Julius Johnson said.

    “As the world population soars, the demand for food, fiber and fuel continues to grow. Tennessee is helping to meet that demand.”

  • Roane County Trustee Wilma Eblen, right, is among the 175 people taking advantage of the good food and camaraderie at Kingston Rotary Club’s annual pancake breakfast fundraiser.

    Proceeds from the breakfast support service projects such as providing dictionaries to each third-grade student at Midway and Kingston Elementary Schools; awarding a scholarship to a nontraditional student at Roane State Community College; and helping to provide kidney transplants for low-income children in Mexico.

  • Registration begins on April 1 for Oak Ridge Recreation and Parks Department’s 2015 summer camp.

    A link to ActiveNet online registration will be available at orrecparks.oakridgetn.gov.

    Space is limited, and the camp fills up quickly so early registration is recommended.

    Online registration will be available 24/7 beginning at 8 a.m. April 1.

    Payment plans are available only to online registrants. All payments must be completed by June 1.

    Convenience fees will apply to all credit card payments and payment plans.

  • There is a reason Veterans Day Parades halt for a moment of silence at precisely 11 a.m.

    It was at 11 a.m. on the 11th of November 1918, that the deadliest and most destructive war in history, to that point, ended.

    More than 130,000 Tennesseans served in the Great War, some 40,000 of them from East Tennessee.

  • Gas prices fell for the eighth consecutive day Sunday, AAA reported earlier this week.

    “The price of oil has not seen dramatic increases in the past couple of weeks and motorists are reaping the benefits,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA-The Auto Club Group.

    “Gas prices are at their lowest level this time of year since 2009, which will entice people to take a road trip this spring.”

    The national average price for a gallon of gasoline is nearly 3 cents cheaper than a week ago, but 18 cents more expensive than last month.

  • Warm destinations offering fun-filled activities for families will experience the largest influx of travelers this spring season.

    Florida has three of the top 10 most popular city destinations, including Orlando at No. 1.

    Sunny beach destinations in California and South Carolina also rank high on the list, followed by ever-popular vacation destinations Washington, D.C., New York City, Seattle and San Francisco.

  • Mr. and Mrs. Terry Stansbury of Kingston announce the forthcoming marriage of their son, Jesse Lynn Stansbury, to Maranda Nicole Fuson of LaFollette.

    The ceremony will be later this month in LaFollette Church of Christ, where the couple will be at home afterward. A reception will follow at the church. Call Pamela Stansbury at 376-4652 for time, date and other details.

    The prospective groom is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Lee Stansbury Jr. of Kingston, Gean Taylor of Lady Lake, Fla., and the late William Hudson Brown.

  • Roane and Morgan County Health Department District has earned Interest Level Recognition in the annual Excellence in Tennessee recognition program administered by the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence.

    TNCPE is Tennessee’s only statewide quality program and is patterned on the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, the national standard for recognizing performance excellence through innovation, improvement and visionary leadership.

    Roane and Morgan County Health Department District accepted the award at the 22nd

  • Due to illness, Pastor Jesse and sister Elfredia Williams were absent from church last Sunday.

    Pastor Willie Gallaher and Minister Allen Hickman were on their post.

    Minister Hickman delivered the message.

    His Bible text came from 1 Samuel 7:1-12.

    Sermon subject was God the Everlasting Rock.

    This was a great message. The celebration choir provided the music.

    Jeff Harris and his daughters from Nashville were recent guests of his mother, Julia Harris, and sister, Alicia.

  • In celebration of the National Park Service’s centennial next year, the Obed Wild and Scenic River is planning monthly healthy hikes.

    Healthy hikes are ranger-led activities that provide visitors with opportunities to improve their health and learn more about their national parks.

    Participants for this month’s healthy hike should meet at 3 p.m. in the Lilly Overlook parking area on March 21.

    Ranger Chance Hall will lead a half-mile hike out the Boulder Field Trail.