Today's Features

  • The lilac is one of the prettiest flowers of spring. And just to confuse you entirely, lilacs are really syringas, a name usually given to the mock orange or Philadelphia.

    Syringas belong to the ancient olive family, and the name comes from the Greek syrinx, which was first applied to the mock orange. They have a long life span and have been grown since ancient times.

    • Union Valley Baptist Church, Oliver Springs, will have a gospel singing starting at 7 p.m. Featured singers include Roy Freels, Hallelujah Praise and the Praise Him youth choir. The church is on Windrock Road. Call Pastor Wayne Morgan at 435-4150 for details.

    • Harriman First Presbyterian Church will have a fundraising Deacons Yard Sale from 8 a.m. to noon at the church at 601 Clinton St.

  • As the nation struggles with various issues, U.S. citizens are preparing to exercise their freedom to gather, worship and pray.

    Millions will answer the call to prayer on May 2 in observance of the 62nd annual National Day of Prayer.

    Organized events will be held in thousands of public venues, including Harriman, where intercession will be made for America and its leadership.

    The Harriman observance will begin at noon at the Temperance Building on Roane Street.

  • Babies born at Methodist Medical Center, Oak Ridge, to Roane County parents:
    Dec. 28 — Leah Grace and Aaron Chancy Powers, Oliver Springs. A girl, Kensington Reagan, 6 pounds, 2 ounces. Grandparents: Alvin C. Powers and Marianne Powers; Garvan W. Walls II and Gail Walls.

    Dec. 31 — Marinda King and Benjamin Gary, Harri-man. A boy, Rylan Seth, 8 pounds, 1 ounce. Grandparents: Gail Ann King; Gladyn Wynn; Teresa Binkley; David Gary.

  • Obed Wild and Scenic River will have two programs on May 4.

    Join National Park Service rangers for a free cup of coffee and informational sesion at Lilly Bridge from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

    The Climb With a Ranger program will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., beginning at Lilly Bridge.

    The park will provide all gear for rock climbing. Those participating should bring drinking water and sturdy footwear.

  • “Go Green and Save Money!” is the theme of the Roane County Chamber of Commerce’s seventh annual Home and Garden Show.

    The show will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 11 at Roane State’s Expo Center on the college’s main campus in Roane County.

    Organizers of this year’s event said it promises to be bigger and better than ever.

  • U.S. Air Force Airman Haley S. Ladd graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

    Daughter of Ricky and Deena Ladd of Kingston, she is a 2010 graduate of Midway High School.

    Ladd completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

  • Rick Springfield, who helped set the soundtrack for the 1980s with his No. 1 hit single, “Jessie’s Girl,” and Knoxville-native rockers The Dirty Guv’nahs will be the headline entertainment for this year’s Secret City Festival.

    The Dirty Guv’nahs will perform for the annual Oak Ridge weekend festival at 7 p.m. Friday, June 21, on the concert main stage, with Soul Candy and The Traffic Jam as opening acts.

    Springfield will be on the concert mainstage beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 22.

  • First Sgt. Joel Gibbons retired from the Tennessee Army National Guard following a change of responsibility ceremony at Knoxville’s National Guard Armory on Sutherland Avenue after 23 years of service.

    Gibbons, originally from Niagara Falls, N.Y., officially retired as 278th Regimental Headquarters Troop First Sergeant on March 29 after following in the footsteps of his father and two older brothers by enlisting in the U.S. Army in August 1989.

  • Oak Ridge’s Secret City Festival is introducing a new “Salute to Soldiers” program featuring World War II living history activities and demonstrations at AK Bissell Park on June 22.

    A day of living history activities and exhibits  include period camps opening at 9 a.m., with demonstrations from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

    Vehicles from motorcycles and Jeeps to halftracks and artillery will be on display. A tour of an American first-aid station will illustrate how lives were saved on the front lines.