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Today's Features

  • Hispanic and women farmers and ranchers who allege discrimination by the USDA in past decades can file claims through March 25.  

    “Hispanic and women farmers who believe they have faced discriminatory practices from the USDA must file a claim by March 25, 2013 in order to have a chance to receive a cash payment or loan forgiveness,” said U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

  • 25 Years Ago
    The Last Patrol, a group of Vietnam veterans and other concerned individuals, carried various flags as they walked through Roane County on their way to Washington, D.C. The group started their 1,600-mile walk from the Alamo in San Antonio for the purpose of organizing veteran voter registration and promoting public awareness of the plight of POW/MIAs.

    10 Years Ago

  • Alva Oody celebrated her 100th birthday on Oct. 6.

    Her family gave her a party at Riverside Baptist Church.

    Around 100 family members and friends helped her celebrate.

  • Marvin and Levona “Granny Belle” Hickman of Oakdale announce the forthcoming marriage of their granddaughter, Brittany Hickman of Oakdale, to Josh Brown of Harriman.

    He is the son of Tony and Stacey Brown of Harriman.

    The ceremony will be at 1 p.m. Nov. 3 in Pine Orchard Baptist Church, Oakdale.

    All relatives and friends are invited to attend.

    The bride-elect is the daughter of the late Marvin Jackson Hickman Jr.

  • Braygan Remington Goss was born on Oct. 12 in Methodist Medical Center, Oak Ridge.

    She weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces.

    She is the daughter of Amanda Nicole Goss and Charles Bradley Goss of Harriman.

    Grandparents are Anita and Brad Goss, Roseanna and Andy Williams, Christy Greene and David Hall.

    Braygan has a sibling, Amayah Hall.

  • Mary Lou Bradford will celebrate her 101st birthday with family and friends at Jamestown Assisted Living in Kingston on Oct. 24.

    Born in Jackson County, Ala., she has been a resident of Kingston since 1940 and a member of Kingston United Methodist Church for 71 years.

    Bradford has three living children, Dr. Mick Bradford of Charleston, S.C., Rosemary Alexander of Kingston and Frank Bradford of Chattanooga. Her deceased son, Bob Badger, practiced law in Kingston for many years.

  • Using pumpkins as jack-o’-lanterns for Halloween is an American idea — an adaption of the medieval custom of making lanterns out of hollowed-out turnips.

    Those in medieval England, Scotland and Ireland believed elves, ghosts and fairies haunted the Earth. It was customary to build huge bonfires to ward them off.

    The early jack-o’-lanterns contained fires to protect the house. They were small and made from the big yellow turnips we call rutabagas.

  • The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum is planning a special 160-mile steam engine excursion from Chattanooga to Harriman and back next month.

    On Sunday, Nov. 11, the former Southern Railway’s Engine No. 630 will leave from Chattanooga for Harriman  at 8:30 a.m. as the train passes over Norfolk Southern main lines.

    Passengers will stay on board the train at Harriman and the train is expected back at Chattanooga around 4:30 p.m.

    The steam engine also is making a slightly longer trip to Attalla, Ala., on Saturday, Nov. 10.

  • Babies born at Methodist Medical Center, Oak Ridge, to Roane County parents:

    Aug. 1 — Crystal and Tim Ingram, Oliver Springs. A boy, Cooper, 9 pounds, 3 ounces. Siblings: Parker and Landyn. Grandparents: Teiha and Eddie Ingram; Lanita Dillon Daugherty and John Daugherty; Troy Dillon.

    Aug. 4 — Renee Hood and Steven Marney, Harriman. A boy, Mason, 6 pounds, 2 ounces. Sibling: Marley. Grandparents: Boots Hood; Tammy and Jason Crabtree; Benny and Debbie Marney.

  • Well it looks like we've got enough of much needed rain. This kind of weather is a good time to settle down with a good book and read. My daughter Nina Swafford gave me a big book to read and laugh at some of her articles by the author Erma Bombeck.

    Our son Joe and his wife Kathleen McKinney are visiting from Chesapeake, Virginia. While here we planned a family get-together Joe's house. Joe and Kathleen have bought our house and plan to move back here soon.