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Today's Features

  • For more than 100 years, Rockwood Wesleyan Church on South Church Avenue has played a vital role in the community and in the lives of its congregation, especially during the Great Depression, World War II and the 1950-60s.

    Congregants past and present, the public and Pastor Bob Lower will celebrate that role this weekend during special reunion events that include a Saturday hot dog roast, Sunday services and a special afternoon singing.

  • Bethel Presbyterian Church, Kingston, will host a special celebration of Pastor Emeritus Dick Hettrick’s 50th anniversary of ordination on June 9.

    The special event, which will coincide with a celebration of Bethel’s role in Kingston and Roane County for the past 195 years, will be during the morning worship service at 11.

    The church is at 203 S. Kentucky St.

  • Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency will have a “Boat or Bank” kids fishing rodeo as part of the celebration of Tennessee’s Free Fishing Day on June 8.

    The fishing at Kingston City Park’s gravel pit starts at 9 a.m. Participants ages 5-17 must register before fishing.

    This free fishing event can be from the bank or a boat, with fishing occurring anywhere in the local area.

    Adult supervision is recommended.

    State fishing regulations apply. Any type of legal bait is allowed.

  • 25 Years Ago
    A reception at Harriman’s Bank of Roane County honored three retiring board members. Frank L. Faris of Harriman had served on the board for 30 years. He was the retired owner and operator of Norris Creamery. Rhea R. Browder, president and secretary/treasurer of Harriman Oil Co., had served on the board for 12 years. And Jackson T. Rymer, appointed to the board in 1973, practiced public accounting for more than 35 years.

    10 Years Ago

  • A number of activities are planned for “Beneath the Surface,” Harriman Public Library’s 2013 Teen Summer Reading Program.

    Activities get underway on July 7 with a focus on relaxing and making worry stones.

    All programs are from 3:30 to 5 p.m. each Tuesday in July.

    Upcoming activities include:

    July 16 — Making a personal time capsule and snacks.

    July 23 — Percy Jackson and Son of Neptune Book Club with snacks.

  • Roane County's Caring Hearts sewing group recently donated 245 quilts to various organizations that help the needy.

    Anyone interested in joining the group or donating supplies may call 376-0867.

    Materials used for quilts include denim fabric, clothes or sheets; polyester fabric or clothes; cotton sheets (good or stained), blankets; and mattress pads.

  • “Dig Into Reading,” the 2013 summer reading at Harriman Public Library, kicks off June 19 with music and stories.

    Activities for all ages that day will be from 11 a.m. to noon in the library at 601 Walden St.

    With the exception of July 3, programs continue each Wednesday through July 31.                     

    Upcoming activities are:

  • Tennesseans who have not taken the GED high school equivalency test or who have passed some but not all parts of the test have until the end of the year to earn their high school credential under the current test structure, according to Tennessee Labor and Workforce Development Acting Commissioner Burns Phillips.

    Beginning Jan. 1, 2014, partial test scores will be invalid and will not transfer to the new high school equivalency test.

  • A rainy May Saturday did little to dampen enthusiasm for Harriman Garden Club's annual plant sale.

    Club members said two-thirds of their inventory had been sold with more than an hour left for the annual event.

    The plant sale is a fundraiser for the Harriman Garden Club.

    Members were on hand to assist with sales and answer questions about how to best care for the plants they were interested in.

  • It is strawberry time. All the markets are displaying red, succulent, wonderfully scented strawberries. Most of us are making the most of this annual treat with everything from strawberry pies and flans to good, old-fashioned delectable strawberry shortcake.

    Strawberries seem as American as Uncle Sam, and they have a long, completely American history.