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Today's Features

  • The new year got off to a frigid start as the Tennessee Valley was hit by the lowest temperatures recorded in 20 years Jan. 7-8. The frigid conditions also prompted a new record for electricity consumption across Volunteer Energy Cooperative’s 17-county service area, which includes parts of Roane County.

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    Roane County Heritage Commission recently received a $2,500 donation from Ryman Hospitality Properties of Nashville. State Sen. Ken Yager, center left, representing Ryman, presents the donation to Charlotte Branson, center right, Roane County Heritage Commission president, with board members, from left, Janice Black, Stephanie Wright, Bill Milburn, Darleen Trent, Robert Bailey and Junior Hendrickson. Yager told the group Ryman Hospitality Properties plans to make it a recurring donation.

  •  Last week I misprinted how many people were present at the Christmas gathering given by Roland and Rosette Harkness. 

    Instead of five family and friends present, there were 50 or more. 

    Please accept my apologies. 

    Last Friday my son Marvin Ray and my daughter-in-law Anna Anderson from Knoxville spent the day with me.

    It’s a joy having your children to spend time with their parents.

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    State Sen. Ken Yager presents a check to Becky Ruppe, board chairwoman of CASA of the Ninth Judicial District. With his check and the proceeds of a silent auction at his annual chili supper, Yager raised $3000 for CASA’s work of advocacy for abused and neglected children. On hand for the presentation are CASA volunteers and staff, from left, Sandra Weaver, Wendy Lanning, Joel Pearman, Brent Sigmon, Dane Griffith, Holley Lopater, Nancy Maynard, Jackie Rylander and Nancy Steele. Call 717-4186 for more about CASA.

  • As a part of service to the community, Oak Ridge’s Kern Memorial United Methodist Church will have an open house to provide the latest information about the new health care law.

    The open house will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Jan. 25. The church is at 451 E. Tennessee Ave.

    Anyone interested in learning about the new reforms, especially those who need to get health insurance in the new Marketplace, is encouraged to attend.

  • AARP Tax-Aide is offering free income-tax assistance and preparation from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Tuesday from Feb. 4-April 8 in Kingston Community Center at 201 Patton Ferry Road.

    Seven IRS-trained tax counselors will be available on site to offer assistance this tax season.

    AARP Tax-Aide, one of the nation’s largest free volunteer-run tax assistance and preparation services available to taxpayers with low- and middle-income, has been available in Roane County for more than 20 years.

    Special attention is given to those age 60 and older.

  • Since his election as executive director/treasurer of the Tennessee Baptist Convention in 2010, Randy C. Davis has crisscrossed the state hundreds of times.

    And 2014 will be no different — except he will be traveling to all 95 Tennessee counties during the next 12 months to lead prayer rallies in or on the steps of each courthouse.

    One of the first of these rallies will be at the Roane County Courthouse in Kingston.

  • Bethel Presbyterian Church, Kingston, welcomes Will Purushotham as the new full-time director of Christian Formation.

    “As the congregation sought to provide Christian education opportunities for all ages, we realized that becoming persons of faith is not just about education in separated age groups but about formation in cross-generational ministry experiences,” said Bethel Pastor Wendy Neff.

  • Grocery shopping is a lot more fun than it used to be.

    All the supermarkets seem to be expanding in every direction these days, and they’re full of specialized departments which purvey myriad exotic fruits and vegetables from other climes, ethnic specialties, gourmét offerings, and ready-prepared foods that only need a zap in the microwave. The possibilities do seem to be endless.

    One department of special interest is the area where fresh herbs are available. They are packaged ready for use, or set in little pots to grace your kitchen windowsill.

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