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Today's Features

  • Margaret Rae “Maggie” Murrell was born Oct. 11 in Medina, Ohio.

    She weighed 7 pounds, 11 ounces and was 19 inches long.

    She is the daughter of Christopher G. and Whitney Julian Murrell of Medina.

    Grandparents are Homer Julian of Rockwood and the late Carol Julian, and Gene and Ginny Murrell of Spring City.

    Great-grandmother is Ruby Julian of Harriman.

    Maggie has a 3-year-old brother, Charlie.

  • Kingston Lions Club this week will begin its annual campaign for raising funds for district projects.

    The drive is called White Cane Days, because the white cane is symbolic of aid to the blind.

    Some of the specific projects funded by the drive are East Tennessee Lions Eye Bank, Leader Dog for the Blind, Lions Volunteer Blind Industries, Tennessee School for the Blind and Tennessee School for the Deaf.

    These projects are representative of how the Lions use their motto: We Serve.

  • Happy birthday to Janie Clemons, who celebrated her 86th birthday last Saturday.

    Her children who live out of town and those who are here came together and gave their mother a birthday dinner. Sheila Smith was included because she is like a daughter to Janie.

    Janie was one happy mother. Having her children home with her and all enjoying the meal that was prepared just for her.

  • The Department of Veteran’s Affairs has awarded grants to the Tennessee Valley Coalition to End Homelessness to serve veterans and their families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

    Roane County veterans can benefit from the Supportive Services for Veteran’s Families Program that promotes housing stability among very low income veteran families who live  in or are transitioning to permanent housing.

    Service provided include outreach, case management, and assistance in applying for VA and other benefits.

  • State Sen. Ken Yager, R-Harriman, has been recognized by the Tennessee Development District for legislative achievements benefitting the people of the 12th Senatorial District and the state.

    Yager received the award last month at a meeting of the East Tennessee Development District in Knoxville.

    East Tennessee Development District is a voluntary association of 56 municipal and sixteen county governments in the mid-east region of Tennessee. The Tennessee Development District is an association of all nine districts throughout the state.

  • The National Open Enrollment period for Medicare is under way through Dec. 7 and impacts more than 1.2 beneficiaries in Tennessee.

    Most of these beneficiaries will also be impacted by changes that are being made to their Medicare benefits, said Jim Shulman, executive director of Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability.

  • Marriage licenses granted at the Roane County Courthouse from Aug. 29-Oct. 10:

    • Christopher Scott Jones to Lisa Michelle Morgan Prince

    • Brandon Leviticus Phillips to Jennifer Megan Humphreys

    • Benjamin Bryan Williams II to Lucinda Fay Francis

    • Thomas Wheeler Copeland to Olivia Stephanie Brown Webb

    • Stephen Michael White Sr. to Amelia Denise Wilkerson

  • Babies born at Methodist Medical Center, Oak Ridge, to Roane County parents:
    Aug. 23 — Amber and Allen Griffis, Kingston. A girl, Alyssa Randi, 7 pounds, 8 ounces. Siblings: Peyton and Makayla. Grandparents: Randy and Brenda Griffis.

    Aug. 26 — Stephanie and Darrell Watkins, Harriman. A girl, Ava Grace, 8 pounds, 5 ounces. Siblings: Bailey and Cooper. Grandparents: Sidney and Maxine Watkins; Don and Mildred Russell; Sharon Holt.

  • Divorces granted May 24-June 28 at the Roane County Courthouse:

    • Jessica Anne Torres Sands vs. Charles Anthony Sands
    Jr.

    • Miranda Hendrix Goss vs. Wesley Matthew Goss

    • Tony L. Bostic vs. Amy Parker Bostic

    • Jeffrey R. Abbott vs. Christy Stanley Abbott

    • Lydia Marneva Swint vs. Kevin Thomas Swint

    • Ashley Lynn Jones vs. Jonathan Paul Jones

  • A scholarship in memory of Marie Guinn, former pianist of Liberty Baptist Church, Lawnville Road, Kingston, will be helping a church member attend college.

    Family members said Isaac Allen, a youth at the church Guinn devotedly attended, was selected. The youth is one of six children in his family.

    The family of Guinn, who passed away Aug. 19, 2011, wanted to honor her memory in some way, and decided to do a scholarship.