Today's Features

  • Jon Loden, left, owner of Loden’s Auto Body Center in Kingston, makes a $1,000 donation to help kick off the annual Shrine Paper Sale fund drive for Shriners Hospitals for Children.

    Roy Ford accepts the donation.

    The paper sale will be May 13-18, with a road block planned for May 19

    “Noble Loden has given generously every year,” Ford said. “When you see the men with the red fezzes, please help. In the past, the people of Roane County have been very generous.”

  • Rocky Top General Store is known for its rustic and nostalgic pieces, and comments from customers about the Harriman business’ canning products has inspired a class on the classic Southern method of preserving food.

    “We just had so many people coming in that wanted to learn how to can and don’t know how,” said Debbie Mee of Rocky Top General Store.

    Mee said the free class will be June 8.

    A University of Tennessee Extension agent will be providing the class, which will be informational.

  • Renaissance Terrace of Harriman recently honored three people during its inaugural Silver Star Awards Gala.

    The honorees were Amber Jacks of Mid-East Community Action Agency and two caregivers, Houston Wallace and  Bonnie Stizler, both of whom were elected by their peers and voted on by their superiors.

    The caregivers were honored for setting the bar for care and consistently delivering stellar performances.

  • The Tennessee Arts Commission has reinstated its popular Arts Build Communities grant program.

    The ABC grant category is designed to provide support for arts projects that broaden access to arts experiences, address community quality of life issues through the arts, and enhance the sustainability of asset-based cultural experiences.

  • More than 250 people attended the home-going service of Elder Ruby Jean Boyd last Friday.

    Jean was well known and loved by all who knew her.

    She was the wife of the late Jack Boyd. She was also a wonderful mother, grandmother, sister and child of God.

    She was an elder in Sevier Street Seventh-day Adventist Church.

    Jean’s living was not in vain. She will be missed by family, her church and friends.

  • CASA’s annual Run for the Child will be May 18 on the main campus of Roane State Community College in Roane County.

    Entry forms may be downloaded from www.casaninth.org, or runners may register on the morning of the race.

    Registration opens at 6:30 a.m., and the race begins at 8.

    This 5k run and walk raises money to train and support Court-Appointed Special Advocates, volunteers appointed by the juvenile court to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children.

  • Grace Church, Kingston, will have a Community Safety Awareness Day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 4 at the church at 438. W. Race St.

    The event, in cooperation with the Roane County Sheriff's Office, will include numerous safety displays.

    The Meth Awareness trailer, provided in part with Roane County Sheriff’s Office narcotics unit and methamphetamine team and the Tennessee Methamphetamine and Pharmaceutical task force, will allow meth unit team members to demonstrate their equipment to the public.

  • The Arts Council of Roane County is conducting a hidden art treasure hunt contest in Rockwood, just in time for Mother’s Day.

    The council designed the contest, which continues through May 10, to support both area businesses and artists.

    The council has “hidden” Roane County artists’ works in the shops of some of Rockwood’s merchants and other businesses.

    Each participating business is featuring a single work of art displayed with the council’s signage in each of the participating businesses.

  • Emory Gap Independent Church of God, Harriman, will celebrate Founders Day and its 50-year anniversary on May 5.

    The service will honor the church’s founders, Edward and Edna Presswood.

    Emory Gap Independent Church of God is at 234 Morris Road.

  • Babies born at Methodist Medical Center, Oak Ridge, to Roane County parents:
    March 31 — Angel Daugherty and Larry Justin Kidwell, Oliver Springs. A boy, Larry Justin. Sibling: Emily. Grandparents: Angela Steelman; Kim Daugherty; Janiee Campbell; Larry Kidwell.

    April 1 — Kimberly Hill and Leonard Wright IV, Kingston. A girl, Abrielle Genesis, 5 pounds, 13 ounces. Grandparents: Donna and Levi Binford; Karen Jones; Tim Hill and Mary Jo Hill; Leonard Wright III.