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Today's Features

  • Community Health Alliance, Tennessee’s health insurance co-op has entered into collaborative agreements
    with Covenant Health and Tennova Healthcare.

    Community Health Alliance, created as part of the Affordable Care Act, is assembling its preferred provider network across the state, on target to roll out health plans for qualified individuals and small businesses in Tennessee beginning in October.  

    Covenant Health, which includes Roane Medical Center in Harriman, and Tennova Healthcare serve the East Tennessee region.

  • North Rockwood Baptist Church members, in alphabetical order, D.J. Allen; Joey and Jonathan Andrews; Tony, Sally and Ryan Davis; Stacy and Nick Hutchcraft; Beth Mitchell; Tracy and Courtney Shelton; Whitney Stooksbury; and Diana Whaley recently returned from a mission trip to Haiti.

    The June 1-9 mission was part of The Voice of Children USA and included eight churches from the Knoxville area and six California churches.

    The group, with the assistance of Haitian interpreters, conducted nightly revival services and daily medical clinics.

  • Beech Park Baptist Church, Oliver Springs, is planning a two-day men’s conference next month to help participants in their relationships with God, family, friends and others.

    “Strength of a Champion” will start with a 5 p.m. dinner on Aug. 16. A session will follow at 7.

    The conference will continue on Aug. 17 with breakfast at 7:30 a.m. and session at 9.

  • Alcoa Church of Christ Minister Lee Brown will lead a gospel meeting Aug. 5-7 at Sevier Drive Church of Christ, Harriman.

    Services will begin at 7 p.m. daily in the church at 1014 Sevier Drive.

    “The Church That Jesus Built,” based on Matthew 16-18, is the theme.

    Brown is a Monroe, Ala., native and the fourth of five children.

    “Lee is a down-home country boy with a love for the Lord,” said Sevier Drive member Darlene Barksdale Johnson. “That can be seen wherever he goes.”

  • Two young out-of-state children are abandoned in Tennessee by their mother.

    How will they get reconnected to responsible kin and a permanent home?

    A young teen, twice betrayed by a sexually-abusive family, must testify against her tormentors.

    From whom will she get emotional support? To whom will she confide the hopeful news of a potential adoption?

    An infant born to a pill-addicted mother is himself addicted and must suffer the pains of withdrawal.

  • 25 Years Ago
    Roane State Community College students, faculty and staff were introduced to Sherry Hoppe, the college’s interim president. Hoppe took the reins from Cuyler Dunbar, the college’s founding president who accepted the lead role at Catawba Valley Community College in Hickory, N.C. “I hope to continue being responsive to the community needs — to continue the tradition that Mr. Dunbar has set,” said Hoppe, whose stint at the college was said to be anywhere from six months to a year.

  • Canines of all breeds, shapes and sizes accompanied their owners to Roane County Park late last month for a special clinic courtesy of Second Chance K-9 Rescue.

    Vaccinations for rabies and distemper/parvo were offered, and animals could also be tested for heart worm or feline leukemia.

    The clinic was in conjunction with Prevent A Litter Connection Inc.

  • Roane Choral Society has been awarded a $4,100 grant by the Tennessee Arts Commission.

    The $4,100 grant is made possible through an appropriation of state funds by the General Assembly, federal dollars from the National Endowment for the Arts, and by Tennesseans who buy specialty license plates.

    “This is a very fine performing arts group,” said state Sen. Ken Yager, R-Harriman.

    “I am very pleased this grant has been awarded for this purpose.”

  • Big projects in small towns are often a sign dedication and teamwork are at play — and the city of Kingston has been cited as a shining example.

    As good stewards of grant funding, the city is advancing toward economically sound development in the areas of energy, the environment, water source delivery, recreation and services, ensuring citizens reap the savings and benefits for years to come.

    The city’s drive to move ahead has earned it the Tennessee Municipal League’s Small City Progress Award.

  • Thyme is one of the most popular herbs used in food preparation and medicine. It is interesting to note that it has been thus for many thousands of years.

    Thyme is native to most of Europe. It grows wild from Spain to Siberia, especially in the Alpine regions. It came to this country with our earliest settlers and now grows wild in many states. It is the most prolific herb to be found growing wild in the northern regions of the Catskill Mountains.