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Today's Features

  • Flowers are just like people.

    They come in different sizes, colors, proportions, habitats, preferences and histories, and they have a venerable past. Of all the different lilies there are, the ones we call tiger lilies are demanding our attention.

    Have you realized that so-called tiger lilies have spots, not stripes?

    They are the subject for nearly as much poetry and fantasy as Madonna lilies. We notice such quotations as “When lilies turned to tigers, blaze.”

  • Gerald Willard of Knights of Pythias Oak Leaf Lodge 49, Rockwood, was elected grand chancellor of the Tennessee Grand Lodge Knights of Pythias for 2013.

    Willard and Bobby Crowe, also of the Rockwood lodge, are among the officers serving on the state level for the year.

    Crowe, a past supreme chancellor for the Knights of Pythias, is the grand secretary.

    The two took office during the Tennessee Grand Lodge’s 141st annual convention in Gatlinburg.

  • Curtis and Dorothy Eskridge celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on July 21. They were married in 1963 in the home of the late Elder Rue Eskridge, who also performed the ceremony.

    He retired from Martin Marietta in Oak Ridge. They are the parents of five children; 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. The couple didn’t do anything special, but they thank God for His blessings and for a loving family. Congratulations to this lovely couple.

  • Roane State Community College’s Continuing Healthcare Education Department will host a wilderness first aid course at Oliver Springs High School.
    The $125 course includes three sessions: July 30 from 6-9:30 p.m., Aug. 1 from 6-9:30 p.m. and Aug. 3 from 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
    The course is for the outdoor enthusiast with no medical background.
    In 16 hours, students will learn important aspects of patient assessment, using extremity splints, evaluating spinal injuries and how to handle some crucial environmental problems.

  • Salt is important.  It is the only rock we eat. It has seasoned our foods for thousands of years and been used in countless other ways for a long time.  

    It is mentioned in many places in the Bible, and is, as it has always been, a necessary part of our lives. Salt has many powers.  The interplay of salt and water is essential to life itself, and a proper salt balance is vital to our well being.

  • Rockwood Church of Christ
    Vacation Bible school at Rockwood Church of Christ will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. July 29-Aug. 2. “It’s a Blue-Ribbon Life” is the theme; classes will be available for all ages. The church is at 129 S. Chamberlain Ave. Call 354-0855 for details.

  • 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.”