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Today's Features

  • Southwest Point Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution has rescheduled its free event with author Shirley McCracken.

    The event will begin at 2 p.m. March 7 in Kingston Church of Christ’s family life center.

    Inclement weather forced the rescheduling of the event, which was originally planned for Feb. 21.

    McCracken, author of “The Breastplate: A Civil War Adventure,” will discuss how a Civil War relic inspired her to write what is described as a Christian fiction tale of danger, intrigue and romance.

  • By JUSTIN THOMAS • For Roane Newspapers
    Tennessee is one of the best places in America to live and work.

    But it is one of only six states — and the only Southern state — where the obesity rate increased in the last year.

    Our rates of hypertension and stroke, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, COPD, asthma and several types of cancer are among the highest in the nation.

    The problem is worse than many realize, but there is a solution.

  • By JUSTIN THOMAS • For Roane Newspapers
    A common question in our community is, “What is UT Extension?”

    The University of Tennessee Extension is the local office of the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture.

    We are dedicated to providing research-based information to our local communities in agriculture, family and consumer sciences and 4-H youth development.

    One of the best-kept secrets in Tennessee, UT Extension has had a presence in Roane County since 1912.

  • March is Extension Month in Tennessee.

    Extension is a national educational program supported by USDA through the nation’s land-grant universities and administered with funding from state and local governments through offices in each of the state’s 95 counties.

    County Extension offices across the state are planning various celebrations and commemorations for the state’s 105-year-old Extension program.

  • The national average price for regular unleaded gasoline has increased 34 consecutive days for a total of 37 cents per gallon, AAA reported earlier this week.

    The national average rose 35 cents in February.

    “Gas prices are surging in California, which could elevate the national average at a faster rate than prices in the southeastern United States,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman for AAA — The Auto Club Group.

    “Refinery issues in the West should not affect prices in the Southeast,” he added.

  • The movie “Glory” will be shown beginning at 7 p.m. today, March 4, in the Princess Theatre in downtown Harriman.

    Admission is free; donations will be accepted to help fund future Roane State Community College Arts and Lectures events.

    “Glory” is a 1989 Academy Award-winning film about the Civil War’s first all-black volunteer company. It stars Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Cary Elwes and Morgan Freeman.

  • Mid-East Community Action Agency is in the process of conducting its annual needs assessment.

    “This is important, as it shapes programming for the next year, and assists in strategic planning,” said Amber Jacks, Mid-East’s senior services director.

    Go to http://tinyurl.com/Needs2015 to complete the survey.

    Though Mid-East offers services to both Roane and Loudon counties, Roane County respondents are asked to think specifically of Roane County’s needs when completing the survey.

  • Second Chance K-9 Rescue will have its 16th annual benefit chili supper on March 5.

    The event will be from 5 to 7 p.m. in Kingston Community Center.

    Chili, dessert and drinks will be available for a $5 donation.

    All proceeds donated during the chili supper will help the group with spaying and neutering.

    They will also assist pet owners who are unable to afford food for their dogs and cats.

  • Aiden Alvarado Patton was born on Jan. 22.

    He weighed 9.4 pounds.

    He is the son of Alex and Maricel Patton of Kingston.

    Grandparents are John and Virginia Patton of Kingston, and Leo and Lolita Alvarado of Bantayan, Philippines.

    His great-grandmother is Isabel Chavez of Bantayan, Philippines.

  • Get-well wishes are extended to Eugene Collier, who is in a hospital in Knoxville. May you soon be healed and back home to your family.

    At the time of this writing, Curtis Ray is a patient in Parkwest Medical Center in Knoxville.

    We wish him a speedy recovery.

    A well known Christian lady of Harriman by the name of Bonnie Coleman was called to her heavenly home Sunday, Feb. 22, at her home with her son and family by her side.