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Today's Features

  • 25 Years Ago
    After two months of hearings and workshops, the Roane County Commission finally passed a budget. The new budget reflected a 68-cent property tax rate increase to bring the tax rate up to $2.71 per $100 valuation. The delay in passing the budget also delayed the opening of Roane County and Harriman City schools by one week due to a lack of available funds.

    10 Years Ago

  • Jamie Elizabeth Pierce and William Matthew Bullock, both of Rockwood, were married on June 23 in Luminary United Methodist Church, Ten Mile.

    Pastor Adam Barnes officiated during the 5 p.m. ceremony.

    The bride is the daughter of James and Laura Pierce of Ten Mile.

    The groom is the son of William and Brenda Bullock of Oak Ridge.

    The bride was escorted by her father. Marie Nora Pierce served as her sister’s maid of honor.

    Todd Walker of Kingston was the groom’s best man.

  • Five generations of Aliene Lynch’s family recently gathered.

    The five generations include, from left, Lynch; her daughter, Cherri Birge; her great-great-grandson, Gabriel Burnett; her great-granddaughter, Tabetha Phillips; and her grandson, William “Bill” Phillips III.

  • Visiting me Tuesday, Aug. 7, were Joyce Ward and Jessica Humphreys.

    They came and cleaned my room for me.

    Lorene Pinkerton and her son, Trevor Walls, from Spartanburg, Fla., visited Joyce Ward for four days.

    While here they visited her daughter, Emily and Wyatt Ward in Knoxville.

    We enjoyed very much a family dinner at Junior's Restaurant in Rockwood Tuesday.

  • Saturday, Aug. 4, Oak Grove Baptist Church celebrated its annual choir anniversary. Curtis Anderson was master of ceremony.

    Six great choirs provided the music for this service, and Evangelist Dorothy Mitchell was guest soloist.

    All sang from their hearts and all who attended were truly blessed. This is where Paul Taylor is pastor.

    We pray that your choir will continue to sing praises in songs to God.

  • The U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge facilities public bus tour ends Aug. 31, marking the last day of the 2012 season.

    The tour, which includes stops at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Y-12 National Security Complex  and East Tennessee Technology Park, provides historical commentary on the transformation of the Oak Ridge Reservation during the past 65 years.

    So far this season, 1,099 visitors from 36 states have participated in the summer tour.

  • Todd Young of Kingston holds still while his 11-year-old daughter, Holly, feeds a baby hummingbird resting on his shoulder.

    Younger daughter Mindy, 7, watches from afar.

    Photographer, wife and mom Amy calls the opportunity “a once-in-a-lifetime picture! God blessed us with an opportunity to help this baby hummingbird and it came back for a few feedings, even after it started flying,” she said.

  • Ginseng is one of the best known medicinal herbs in the world. Now that the ancient art of herbal medicine is once again in high favor, ginseng is coming into new prominence.

    Ginseng is believed by many people to have almost magical powers to promote general health and vigor and to prolong life. Its  remarkable history dates back more than 1,000 years.