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Today's Features

  • Present and prospective Girl Scout volunteers are welcome to attend Leaderfest, an inaugural inspirational and informative event on Aug. 11 in Alcoa.

    Leaderfest, organized in part by the Roane County Service Unit, will offer workshops on a variety of topics, such as songs; ceremonies; science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs; discipline issues; crafts; and games for all ages.

    A special session will address troop basics, including the changes to the Girl Scout program over the past few years.

  • Jack Bailey, right, 2012-13 Rotary District 6780, administers the oath of office to incoming presidents Vaughn Blank, left, of Rockwood Rotary Club and Ralph Best of Kingston Rotary Club during the recent joint officer installation meeting of the Harriman, Kingston and Rockwood clubs.

    Not pictured is Keith Uselton, Harriman Rotary Club incoming president.

  • Berlie Rayaunna Shaine Clabough was born at 11:08 p.m. July 7 in Parkwest Medical Center, Knoxville.

    She weighed 7 pounds, 1 ounce and was 21 inches long.

    She is the daughter of Emily Duncan and Neil Clabough.

    Grandparents are Kim Parris Lively of Rockwood, Barbara Gaskin of Wartburg and the late Ray Clabough.

    Great-grandparents are Homer and Peggy Parris of Kingston.

  • Central Baptist
    “Amazing Wonders Aviation” is the vacation Bible school theme at Central Baptist Church, Kingston. Classes for ages 3 (potty trained) up to teens will be offered July 23-27 and will begin with supper at 5:30 p.m.; worship and activities will follow from 6 to 8:45 in the church at 245 Bailey Road. Call 919-5115 to preregister.

    Rockwood Church of Christ

  • Mid-East Community Action Agency is now accepting applications for those needing help paying energy costs.

    Applicants must be responsible for paying their own energy costs.

    Applications are available online at www.mecaa.net.

    They may also be picked up at the Mid-East office at 1362 N. Gateway Ave., Rockwood. Office hours are from 8 to 11:30 a.m. and from 12:15 to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday; and from 8  to 11:30 a.m. and 12:15 to 1 p.m. Friday.

  • Medic Regional Blood Center has three upcoming blood drives in Roane County that will include incentives for donors willing to take time to give blood during the summer months.  

    Donors can give blood in a Medic mobile drive July 24 at Roane Medical Center at 412 Devonia St., Harriman.

    Another mobile drive will be on July 25 at Oliver Springs Food City.

    On July 30, a blood drive will be in the family center of Kingston Church of Christ at 120 Spring St.

    All three blood drives will be from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  • Norfolk Southern Corp. has confirmed its exhibit car will be on display in Oliver Springs on Oct. 20 at the October Sky Fall Festival.

    Admission is free to the public.

    The exhibit car is a restored 1926 Pullman that was converted to a mobile museum in 1971. Norfolk has completed the restoration of the exhibit car for its 30th anniversary.

    Oliver Springs will be one of 15 stops across the country and the only appearance in Tennessee.

  • 25 Years Ago
    A devoted daughter, loving mother and much respected co-worker, Marcella Krevinko died at the age of 48. An employee of Roane County News, she walked to work and never missed a day in 16 years. She cared for her mother until her death, just over a month before Krevinko herself succumbed to cancer. All remembered her with love and admiration.

    10 Years Ago

  • Joseph Zirkle, a long-time resident of Kingston, reached his milestone 95th birthday July 17.

    Known as Joe to many, he was born the seventh child in the seventh month in 1917 to George and Clara Zirkle.

    A graduate of Tusculum College, Zirkle and Jessie Craw were married in 1939 in New Orleans, where they lived for four years while he was employed by Aetna Insurance.

    When the country entered World War II, Zirkle answered his country’s call to service and joined the U.S. Navy.

  • With its distinctive appearance and flavor, wild rice is one of the more popular gourmét foods.

    We must give full credit for this delectable treat to the Indians, especially the Chippewa and the Ojibway.

    These Midwestern tribes who used wild rice as a staple food.

    They valued it so highly that they waged tribal wars for control of Minnesota’s lakes in which the wild rice grew.

    The Chippewa name for wild rice is manonim, which means good berry.