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Today's Features

  • The 250-member congregation of Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church voted last week to accept the offer by developers Blanchard and Calhoun to sell the church.  

    This clears the way to include the church property in a planned retail development at Illinois Avenue and Oak Ridge Turnpike.

    “The voting that occurred following the Sunday worship service was conducted in accordance with the bylaws of the church,” said David Savoie, president of the Board of Trustees.

  • Officially opening the Roane County Corn Maze off Patton Lane are, in no particular order, County Executive Ron Woody, County Commissioner Randy Ellis and Roane County Park employees Stacey McElhaney, Johnny Marshall and Richard Crawford.

    The corn maze will run through Nov. 4.

  • Woody Wright will be the headlining act at this year’s Kingston Country Fair.

    The celebration will be from  10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 6 at Fort Southwest Point.

    Wright, a Kingston native, is a multi-faceted performer and songwriter who sings everything from gospel to country. He promises to bring on belly laughs with his comic relief.

    Wright began his acclaimed music career singing in the Cedar Grove Baptist Church choir in the 1960s.

  • 25 Years Ago
    The Roane County High School Band Parents Association kicked off a new fundraising drive to collect a mile of quarters. Hoping to end door-to-door selling, the association took up collections at games, had road blocks, and placed canisters around town. A mile of quarters equals about 68,000 coins or $17,000. If successful, it could become an annual event.

    10 Years Ago

  • U.S. Air Force Airman Brandon T. Finney recently graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio.

    Son of Roger and Pam White of Oliver Springs, the airman is a 2010 graduate of Oliver Springs High School.

    Finney completed an intensive eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

  • U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Michael J. Vann has deployed overseas to a forward operating base to serve in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

    A refueler technician assigned to the 134th Air Refueling Wing at McGhee Tyson, Knoxville, the staff sergeant has served in the military for 15 years.

    He is the son of David and Judy Vann, Kingston, and Janice McCown, Harriman.

    He graduated in 1987 from Roane County High School, Kingston.

  • Many of the rollicking medieval names for plants have been lost in favor of more prosaic titles, but think how exuberant a garden would be planted with such things as Bouncing Bet, Sweet Sultan, Bobbing Joan, Lustie Gallant, Gardener’s Garters or Glare of the Garden.

    William Shakespeare’s famous statement that a rose by any other name would smell as sweet is perfectly true. What’s in a name? Well, a lot when it comes to plants.

  • Ricky and Tina Snow of Harriman announce the forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Jessica Nicole Snow, to Clint Alan Edmonds.

    He is the son of George Alan and Debbie Edmonds of Harriman.

    The ceremony will be at 3:30 p.m. Oc.t 6 in Union Chapel Baptist Church at 2740 Lawnville Road, Kingston. A reception will follow in the church’s fellowship hall.

    Invitations will be sent, but all relatives and friends of the couple are invited to attend.

  • Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Mc-Kinney have returned to their home in Lawrenceville, Ga., after visiting me and other relatives for a few days.

    I had a nice visit with Sharon Money, Jessica Torries and Cassidy Williams on Sept. 15.

    I called my friend Wanda Manning. We talked about growing up in Swan Pond. I am 90 years old, and she’s 97. We had a long visit over the phone and talked about things we had done in the past.

  • The 12th Pastoral Anniversary Banquet honoring the Rev. Alvin Douglass and first lady Mary Alice Douglass that was held last Saturday evening at Jamieson Development Center was well attended.

    Master of ceremony was the Rev. Joe Colquitt.

    The Douglass Family Singers provided the music; they really sang from their hearts. The spoken word was by the Rev. Christopher Battle, pastor of Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church in Knoxville.