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Today's Features

  • East Tennessee Preservation Alliance is now accepting nominations for the 2012 East Tennessee Preservation Awards, given annually for outstanding contributions to historic preservation in the 16-county region.

    These awards will be presented at the awards banquet in conjunction with the East Tennessee Preservation Conference  on Nov. 9 in Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts in Gatlinburg.

  • We enjoyed a nice visit with our son David and wife, Wanda, who came to visit Friday evening.

    We were talking about how much fun it was to stay at Fickey's Store and buy candy and gum or little lollipops.

    The bus driver would let children get off long enough for him to go over the bridge and pick up other children and turn around and come back for those who had got off at the store to get back on.

  • Roane County Extension and Roane County Health Department have partnered to offer Take Charge of Your Diabetes, a six-week class that starts Aug. 8.

    “This class can be the turning point between enduring everyday life and enjoying everyday life,” said Donna Raines of Roane County Health Department.

    The class, a $1,200 value, is offered free. Call Roane County Health Department at 354-1220, Ext. 108, to sign up

    Participants will be taught to:

    • Manage your symptoms

  • The year 2012 marks Tennessee State Parks’ 75th anniversary, and to help commemorate this important milestone, Frozen Head State Park in Morgan County will have a special community event from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 10.

    “This is a great opportunity to thank the park’s many patrons and the entire local community for their support throughout the years and invite community members to see what the park has to offer,” said Park Manager David Engebretson.

  • Roane County Heritage Commission President Charlotte Branson, right, accepts a $1,000 donation on the organization’s behalf from state Rep. Julia Hurley for the restoration of the old Roane County Courthouse, one of only seven original court houses still standing in the state.

    The commission receives grants and personal donations from private citizens and businesses, and the annual Gala is one of the major fundraising events. A museum is being set up.

  • AARP has a long history of supporting and celebrating educators.

    In 1947, Ethel Percy Andrus founded NRTA (formerly the National Retired Teachers Association) to help address the economic challenges and health needs of retired educators.

    It wasn’t until 1958 that Andrus opened the organization to all older Americans, and AARP was born.

    As such, AARP is planning its AARP Drivers Safety 2012 Educator Appreciation Promotion.  

  • Lots of prizes and family fun are on tap for the 22nd annual Dennis Ferguson Fishing Rodeo this weekend.

    Registration for the event starts at 8 a.m. Aug. 4 at Roane County Park, with fishing to begin at 9. All bait will be furnished.

    This year’s grand prize is a 14-foot boat and troll motor, courtesy of Bunch Marine of Midtown. Another $3,000 in gift cards will be awarded, including four top prizes of gift cards worth $250 each.

  • Harriman City Schools Alumni Association will present “Elvis at the Princess!,” a tribute to Elvis Presley, at 7 p.m. Aug. 18 in Harriman’s downtown Princess Theatre.

    The tribute, featuring Oliver Springs native and award-winning Elvis tribute artist Greg Johnson, falls two days after the 35th anniversary of the death of Presley, a Memphis artist known worldwide as the King of Rock’n’Roll.

    Johnson is a regular performer at the Oldies Dinner Showplace in Pigeon Forge.

  • Three-time World Old-Time Piano-Playing Champion Brian Holland and drummer Danny Coots will perform in Kingston next weekend in a benefit concert to help Special Olympics Tennessee Area 30.

    The concert will begin at 7 p.m. Aug. 11 in Kingston United Methodist Church at 212 W. Church St.

    Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for those younger than 16 and are available at the church or Browder’s Ace Hardware in the Ladd Landing shopping center.

    Call Lee Schuiten at 771-7655 for details.