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Today's Features

  • Courtney Helton and Bryce Harris, both of Harriman, announce their forthcoming marriage.

    The ceremony will be at 6 p.m. Aug. 10 at the Helton family creek.

    The bride-elect is the daughter of Dale and Joyce Helton of Rockwood.  

    Her grandparents are Helen Willis and the late Ernest Willis, the late, Mary Cordts, the late Donald Grant, and Tony Helton.

    She is employed with The Eye Center.

    The prospective groom is the son of Rick and Kim Harris of Kingston.

  • An update on the Guest House/Alexander Inn renovation project will be given during the Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association's membership and public meeting on July 11.

    The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in Midtown Community Center, 102 Robertsville Road.

    Rick Dover, general manager of the Family Pride Corp. and Knox Heritage's Ethiel Garlington, director of preservation field services for the East Tennessee Preservation Alliance, will present the program.

  • MONDAY, JULY 8
    • Kingston First Baptist Church Young at Heart will meet at 10:30 a.m. in Kingston United Methodist Church at 212 W. Church St. (Note: new meeting site.) U.S. Marshal Derrick Swenson will present the program. Those attending are asked to bring meat, meat dish, vegetables or dessert for the following potluck meal; drinks and bread will be provided. The group will meet at the new site until renovations at Kingston First Baptist Church are complete in early 2014.

    THURSDAY, JULY 11

  • The National Park Service invites photographers to submit entries for an exhibit at the Obed Wild and Scenic River Visitor Center.

    The National Park Service is looking for striking digital images of nature, highlighting the diversity of life in the park.

    Images may show wildlife, plant life, natural landscapes, weather or people interacting with nature within the Obed Wild and Scenic River.

    All photographs, except those submitted as artistic, should accurately reflect the subject matter and the scene as it appeared.

  • The popularity of television shows such as “CSI” has many questioning what goes on at the Roane County Sheriff’s Office and how detectives solve crimes.

    Some of those answers may be found in the Roane County Sheriff’s Office’s Citizens Academy, offered at no cost this fall.

    The academy is designed to give residents a better understanding of an officer’s daily duties and responsibilities.

    The curriculum is similar that of the Police Academy and is taught by some of the same instructors.

  • Cardiff Baptist
    “Colossal Coaster World” is the vacation Bible school theme at Cardiff Baptist Church, Rockwood. Classes will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 8-12 in the church at 2170 N. Gateway Ave.

  • Lucy and Gracie may be Irish setters, but the pair of pooches recently proved their blood runs red, white and blue.

    Their owner, Mariann D’Alessandro of Harriman, captured a photo of them saluting Old Glory in their own way shortly after she hung a new flag outside her Cornstalk Heights home.

    “It was a beautiful sunny day with intermittent soft breezes, which made the flag wave majestically at times,” D’Alessandro said.

  • By the time the United States of America declared its independence from the British Empire, John Adams and some of his contemporaries called for fireworks to celebrate the occasion, and we have been doing likewise ever since.

    No one knows with certainty just when or where fireworks came into being. Most historians believe they were invented in ancient China in about the second century B.C., at the time of discovery of gunpowder.