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Today's Features

  • We have enjoyed having almost-summertime weather for the past month — even a much-needed rainstorm was welcome to those with yards to care for and clouds of dust behind the lawn mower.

    Our son-in-law mows his yard for the early growth of grass.

  • Janice Eskridge and her daughter, Letisha Allen, won second place in the mother-and-daughter look-alike contest during Mother’s Day.

    Their picture came out in the Roane County News. Janice is the wife of Roy Eskridge. Congratulations on your winning.

    Charles Elliot Thorpe IV graduated from Celebration High School, Kissimmee, Fla., on May 26. He is the son of Theresa “Anise” Thorpe and the late Charles Thorpe III.

  • Girl Scouts in Roane County and their troops can earn a special patch and money for their troops by participating in Early Bird registration.

    Troops registering girls and adult volunteers before the July 14 deadline can earn additional money for the fall product sale.

    Each girl who registers during the event will also receive a free Early Bird patch. Visit www.girlscoutcsa.org and click on the “Register Online” button at the bottom of the page.

    A registration form is also available online at http://tinyurl.com/7ze8osb.

  • Pre-city history and artwork of Oak Ridge landmarks are two new features of the Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association’s annual exhibit at this year’s Secret City Festival on June 15-16.

    The group, established in 1999, is committed to preserving the history of Oak Ridge, including the period before the city was created.

  • Anointed Praise and Worship
    Vacation Bible school at Anointed Praise and Worship Church, Harriman, will be from 6 to 8:30 p.m. June 18-22 in the church at 507 Morgan St. A fun day is planned from 6 to 8:30 p.m. June 16.

    Asbury Chapel United Methodist
    Asbury Chapel United Methodist Church, Rockwood, will have its vacation Bible school from 6 to 8 p.m. June 24-27 in the church at 1717 Eureka Road. Classes are available for ages 2-12; the week will kick off with a Sunday night cookout.

  • SATURDAY, JUNE 16
    • Dogwood Baptist Church, Kingston, will have a singing at 7 p.m. The Melodys and Gospel Travelers will be featured. The church is on Dogwood Valley Road.

    • Harriman First Presbyterian Church will have its Love Kitchen from 5 to 7 p.m. in the church at 601 Clinton St. Free food and bingo are among the attractions; the Transitions young adults minstry from Bethel Presbyterian Church will be helping out.

  • U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee said he would vote to uphold a new federal clean air rule “because healthier air means better jobs for Tennesseans — every one of Tennessee’s major metropolitan areas is struggling to meet standards that govern whether industries can acquire the air quality permits to locate here.”

  • 25 Years Ago
    Ron Coleman became Roane County’s first black elected official when he won his bid for one of three seats on Harriman City Council. Coleman, the top vote-getter in the council race, was named the city’s vice mayor. He said he believes his successful bid for public office was a step in the right direction — that people are trying to change things and start working together and judging people more on their personality than whether they are black or white.

    10 Years Ago

  • We marked the time of Pentecost on May 27.

    Pentecost is considered by many people to be the birthday of the Christian church. In reality, it is even earlier than Christianity itself.

    It was one of the great pilgrimage feasts of ancient Israel. It is often referred to in Scripture as the Feast of Weeks, which occurs seven weeks, a week of weeks after the Passover.

    In its earliest form, it was a harvest festival celebrating God’s goodness made manifest.

  • As the sign outside West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department’s station 1 indicates, the department is seeking volunteers to help in its mission to provide fire and emergency services to those in the West Roane County region.

    Those wishing to help may stop by the station on Pumphouse Road in Rockwood and talk with Fire Chief Charlie Redwine about the department’s needs.

    The station may also be contacted by phone at 354-8201.