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Today's Features

  • 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.

  • The congregation of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Harriman welcomes the public to its significant Roane County tradition: the Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve celebrating the Nativity of Jesus.

    A musical interlude will begin at 10:30 p.m. on Dec. 24, followed by the Eucharist at 11.

    The Rev. Harry Howard, resident priest at St. Andrew’s, will, for the first time, offici-
    ate at the Christmas Eve service.   

    Robin Duff will be the featured soloist.

  • • Glen Alice Christian Church, Rockwood, will have a Christmas Eve candlelight worship service at 8 p.m. The service will focus on Jesus Christ as “God among us” and is themed “O Come Emmanuel.” Open Communion will be offered to all who have submitted at Christian disciples. The church is at 1849 Spring City Hwy.

    • Bethel Presbyterian Church, Kingston, will have a candlelight Christmas Eve service at 7 p.m. The church is at 203 S. Kentucky St.

  • The Music Department of Roane County Schools presented Roane County High School and Cherokee Middle School bands last Sunday, Dec. 9. The sixth-, seventh-, eighth-grades and high school bands were the best. This Christmas concert was well attended. A great number of people had to stand, because all stands were full. This was my first time attending. I was guest of my friends, Nora and Mark Hightower of Oliver Springs. Their daughter Molly, played drums in the high school band. They all were great.

  • For December we’ve had some nice weather.

    A few showers and a wind storm Friday night blew down big trees out in the western part of Tennessee.

    The temperatures dropped to below normal after being above normal for most of December.

    Visiting me on Wednesday were Nina Swafford from Fairfield Glade and Carrie Dukes, baby Ava Claire and Owen from Crossville.

    They didn’t stay long, as baby Claire was fretful.

  • Celebrate Recovery, a faith-based support group for those with hurts, habits and hang-ups, meets at 6 p.m. each Tuesday on the third floor of Kingston First Baptist Church.

    The next meeting will be on Dec. 18.

    Call either David Bell at 696-2284 or Hope Gibson at 250-6966 for details.
     

  • Roane County’s Shirley McCracken will sign copies of her historical novel, The Breastplate, this weekend.

    The book-signing event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Browder’s Ace Hardware in Kingston’s Ladd Landing.

    The novel, set during the Civil War, centers around an artifact McCracken’s husband found 40 years ago on their farm.

    The story centers around the war in Tennessee, particularly Kingston, and Kingston’s residents.

  • Oliver Springs’ Christmas in the City on Dec. 15 will kick off with a 3:30 p.m. opening ceremony at the Court of Flags on Hwy. 61.

    Lineup for the town’s annual Christmas parade starts at 4:45 p.m. at Arrowhead Park.

    The parade will start at 5:30 p.m. and proceed along Main Street.

    A turkey dinner and music starts at 6:30 p.m. in the Disabled American Veterans Building at 530 Kingston Ave.

    Tickets for the dinner are $10 each.

    Greg Johnson and Sharon Tarwater will provide music.

  • Babahatchie Community Band’s Christmas concert will offer some traditional holiday favorites in what will be a new venue for the Harriman-based ensemble.

    “We will be at the Princess Theater,” said Babahatchie spokeswoman Alison Westrich. “The band is very excited to be able to play at the Princess again.”

    The free concert gets under way at 3 p.m. Dec. 16.

    Refreshments will be served during intermission for this special performance, which is dedicated to Hal and Margaret Jones.

  • Tammy Mullins’ first-grade class at Ridge View Elementary School, Rockwood, took first-place honors in Rockwood 2000’s Christmas-tree-decorating contest.

    Seven trees displayed in downtown buildings were decorated by Ridge View students participating in the contest.

    “The participation was truly in the spirit of Christmas and so well done that it was very hard for the judges to choose winners,” said Sandy McIntosh of Rockwood 2000.

    The winning tree is on display in Rockwood Electric Utility.