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Today's Features

  • Jace Simeon Tedder celebrated his ninth birthday on Aug. 23. He celebrated with a NASCAR-themed party at Roane County Park with family and friends.

    He is the son of Marty and Robin Tedder of Harriman.

    Grandparents are Ernest and Barbara Tedder and Charles and Becky Lamance, all of Harriman.  

    Jace has a 3-year-old brother, Cole Thomas Tedder.

  • FRIDAY, AUG. 31
    • Rockwood First Presbyterian Church will have an open house and neighborhood block party from 5 to 8 p.m. at the church at 429 W. Rockwood St. Food, games, prizes and Christian fellowship are among the attractions; those attending will have opportunities to visit the city’s oldest church and hear about the Presbyterian denomination.

  • Chad Morrison is the new pastor at Clymersville Baptist Church in Rockwood.

    His first Sunday in the pulpit was July 29.

    “This is my first pastorate. It’s exciting, but I’m very nervous,” he said.

    Morrison, 29, comes to Rockwood from Louisville in Blount County.

    He and his wife Melissa have a son, Levi, 3.

    Over the past nine years, Morrison has served as youth and family pastor at three different churches in Maryville and Kingston.

  • An original Christian drama will tackle the issues of Christians who live one way Sunday and a completely different life the rest of the week.

    “Mistaken Identity” is a drama written and produced by a Roane County production, DouHar, created as a result of a partnership between childhood friends,  Mary Alice Douglass and Alicia Harris.

    It will be presented at Jamieson Community Development Center on Margrave Drive, Harriman, at 6 p.m. Sept. 1. A $5 donation will be taken at the door.

  • Oak Ridge Business Safety Partnership’s inaugural Oak Ridge Safety Fest is planned for Sept. 11-14.

    Tennessee Technology Center at Harriman, Roane State Community College and New Hope Center will be the site of the various sessions.

  • Rebecca Mechtly of Rockwood celebrates her 73rd birthday today, Aug. 31.

    Family members, including son and daughter-in-law, Jack and Lela Mechtly and their daughters, Miranda and Victoria, said they are glad she is home from the hospital for her special day.

    “We look forward to enjoying time with you in the days to come,” they said.

  • Robert Kennedy III, a Tetra Tech registered professional engineer, will be the speaker at Oak Ridge League of Women Voters’ fall kickoff of Lunch with the League.

    The inaugural event will be from noon to 1 p.m. Sept. 4 in the social hall of Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church at 1500 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

    Kennedy’s presentation, "A New Reflection on Mirrors and Smoke," will cover a new concept using giant photovoltaic mirrors in space.

  • Harriman Music Club officers and directors planning the programs for the organization’s 103rd season are, clockwise from left, Publicity Chairwoman Margie Wadlington, Director Debbie Underwood, Assistant Publicity Chairwoman Julianne Bailey, President Laura Walker, Director Jo Belle Masters, Telephone Chairwoman Mary Hickey and Secretary Peggy Sheppard.

    The season kicks off at 6 p.m. Sept. 6 at the Wadlington home.

    A Roane County High School instrumental ensemble will provide entertainment.

  • Southern Appalachia Railway Museum’s schedule for September includes one-hour narrated excursions on Sept. 1 and Sept. 15.

    The one-hour narrated excursions depart at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. both Saturdays.

    During the ride, passengers will hear the story of the Manhattan Project, which was one of the most remarkable industrial achievements ever accomplished.

    Regular ticket prices are $13 for ages 3-12 and $17 for adults.

  • The hydrangea is one of the loveliest of summer flowers that linger on into fall.

    It flourishes in either full sun or part shade, and in borders or containers. This old-fashioned bloom has been making a come back in popularity and is again available in a range of cultivars.

    Native to woodlands in both North and South America and East Asia, hydrangeas include more than 80 species of evergreen and deciduous shrubs and vines. Probably the best known and one of the most popular examples is the hydrangea macrophyllas.