Today's Features

  • Michelle Hankes has been named chief executive officer of the American Red Cross East Tennessee Region, which has oversight of the nonprofit’s operations in 36 counties, including Roane.

    Her first day will be July 8, 2013.

    Hankes, previously president and CEO of Blount County United Way, comes to the Red Cross after many years of nonprofit experience.  

    She holds a master’s degree in education from the University of Iowa, and a certification in nonprofit management from Iowa State University.

  • U.S. Army Pvt. Richard A. Pague recently graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

    He is the son of James Pague of Rockwood.

    During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values and physical fitness.

  • Mid-East Community Action Agency will have its quarterly distribution of USDA commodity foods this month.

    The schedule is:

    • Rockwood First Baptist Church, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 7.

    • Kingston Community Center, from 10 a.m. to noon June 12.

    • Blair Fire Hall, Oliver Springs, from 2 to 3 p.m. June 12.

    • Harriman Community Center, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 13.

    Commodity food recipients should be certified.

  • Kingston Public Library has been selected to receive an AWE Early Literacy Children’s Computer Station.

    The library was selected to receive the self contained, educational computer station with programs for ages 2-10 by the Tennessee Children’s Cabinet through the Early Childhood Advisory Council and in partnership with the Tennessee State Library and Archives and the Tennessee Department of Human Services.

     The $3,200 grant for the station includes training two library staff members this summer.

  • By Stan Gilbert, For Roane Newspapers

    She admits her Spanish is somewhat lacking, but a language obstacle didn't prevent Red Cross volunteer Debbie Hyder of Kingston from helping a mostly Hispanic population in Illinois following the April floods.

  • Beulah Vassar of Chattanooga recently passed away.

    He was a cousin of Gloria Ward and other family members. This family has our deepest sympathy.

    Last Sunday, St. Mary’s Baptist Church celebrated our annual homecoming of 123 years. We had a great Sunday school, and the morning message was delivered by the pastor, the Rev. Jesse L. Williams Sr. He spoke from 2 Corinthians 7:14. Music was provided by the gospel choir. A delicious meal was served after this service.

  • Rockwood United Methodist Church will dedicate its new Yamaha grand piano June 9 with special celebrations.

    Music in the 11 a.m. worship service will feature the piano, flute and trumpet and include a recognition of contributors to the piano fund.

    A 3 p.m. concert of sacred music will show off the new piano to the community with Rockwood United Methodist Church organist Wayne Duggin on piano and guest organist Fred Pogue.

  • Bethel Presbyterian/Kingston United Methodist
    “Following in Jesus’ Footsteps: Inspired by Marketplace 29 A.D.” is the theme of the Bible school planned by Bethel Presbyterian Church, Kingston, and Kingston United Methodist Church. Classes will be from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. June 17-20 in Kingston United Methodist fellowship hall at 212 W. Church St. Registration information is available at Bethel Presbyterian at 203 S. Kentucky St., 376-6340 or Kingston United Methodist, 376-6337.


    The Henry Center’s recent annual graduation for children going to kindergarten in the fall includes, front row from left, Cole Ison, Maddox Lawson, Rylee Milliken, Camden Oran, Brooklyn Reed, Nicolas Gouge, Maggie Beaver; and back row, Grayson Holloway, Connor Burkhart, Alexis Walker, Liam Smith, Bryson Hendrickson and Carter Houston. Not pictured is Kylie Phillips.

  • Letter carriers with the Rockwood Post Office collected about 5,000 pounds of food during their annual food drive earlier this month.

    Postal patrons left their donations of nonperishable foods in their mailboxes.

    The food was picked up by the letter carriers making their routes and later delivered to the Rockwood Ministerial Association’s food pantry warehouse.