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Today's Features

  • Bonnie Davison of Rockwood spent Christmas in her new home, thanks to a 2011 HOME grant received by the city.

    Rockwood received a $250,000 grant that enabled the city to complete the rehabilitation of three existing homes.

    It also provided for the demolition of two additional homes and for new construction to replace those homes.

    Davison lives at 309 N. Dunlap Ave. and said she is very thankful to the city for her new home.

    Rockwood Mayor James Watts said he shares in that gratitude.

  • Christmas was really a great day for Julia Harris.

    Her children from Nashville and Knoxville came home to spend this day with her and their sister, Alicia Harris.

    Her children are Tabby Tayler and her son Jalen; Jeff Harris, his wife, Silvia, and their daughters, Courtney and Chelsea; Kristie and Malachi and their three children; and Sybil, her husband Tony Cannon, and their two children.

    They enjoyed a delicious meal with all the trimmings. Afterward, gifts were opened and all were more than happy for what they received.

  • Kingston Elementary School student Mason Edwards, center, and his brother, Jesse, present Will Cramer from the Anderson County American Red Cross office with money Mason collected for victims of Hurricane Sandy.

    Mason made the decision on his own to find a box and collect money from his family, neighbors and friends, and his parents drove him to the Anderson County Red Cross office on Dec. 21 to drop off the $19.05 he collected.

  • Tennessee State Parks will sponsor free, guided hikes on New Year’s Day in commemoration of the park system’s 75th anniversary.

    Each state park will host its own special hike in the first few days of the New Year.

  • Roane County Highway Department will have a Christmas tree recycling event Jan. 2-3.

    Wreaths and garland will be accepted, but brush is prohibited.

    Christmas trees and greenery may be taken to the Roane County Highway Department at 3070 Roane State Hwy., Midtown, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

    All tinsel, lights and decorations should be removed from Christmas trees, garlands and wreaths before they are taken to the department for recycling.

    Call 882-9782 for more information.

  • Medic Regional Blood Center hopes that blood donation is on top of the list for New Year’s Resolutions.

    “If all donors gave just one more donation per year, our area would rarely experience a blood shortage,” said Christi  Fightmaster, Medic’s director of public relations.    

    Medic is the sole provider of blood for 21 counties and 27 area hospitals throughout the greater East Tennessee region.   

  • As Americans prepare for holiday celebrations, AAA reminds both drivers and passengers of the dangers on the roads on New Year’s Day.

    According to AAA, New Year’s Day consistently ranks as the day most alcohol-related fatalities occur.

    To strengthen efforts to protect the public against drunk drivers and reduce alcohol-related traffic deaths, AAA supports ignition interlocks for all convicted DUI offenders and offers important safety advice to partygoers.

  • SUNDAY, DEC. 30
    • New Midway Missionary Baptist Church, Kingston, will have its fifth Sunday night singing beginning at 6 p.m. The church is on New Midway Road.

    MONDAY, JAN. 7

    • Kingston First Baptist Church’s Young at Heart will meet at 10:30 a.m. in the church’s family life center at 215 N. Kentucky St. Chuck and Diana Whaley will present the program on the Voice of Children-Haiti. Those attending are asked to bring soup, sandwiches or dessert for the meal following the program.

  • Members of Avery Trace Chapter NSDAR award Southwest Point Baptist Church Pastor Larry Bolden with a Certificate of Excellence for the Kingston church’s proper use, correct display and patriotic preservation of the U.S. flag with the display honoring veterans of American wars on Veterans Day.

    On hand for the presentation are, front row from left, Janice Black, Rosemary Alexander, Bolden, Avery Trace Regent Brenda Hall McDonald; second row, Annabelle Harvey, Shirley Smith; third row, Amanda Crumby; and back row, Jane McPherson.

  • Gary, Pat and Tyler Hickey from North Carolina, Deloris Gray and daughter, Tenile and grandson, Sheldon from Texas, Mary Johnson, Cora Linson, Barry Linson and daughter Willow, all from Knoxville, Robin Shannon and son from Chattanooga, Kecia Sanders and sons, Kortney Cameron and a friend from Chattanooga, Jill and Keith Johnson, Barbara Upton, Courtney Thomas, DC Upton and Evelyn Sanders, were recently guests of Herbert and Carolyn Griffin.