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Today's Features

  • When the tornado hit Cumberland County, we were told to go to the big basement room with 8-foot concrete walls.

    That’s what we did. I was just about to put on my nightgown. No, they said, forget the gowns, so that’s what I did, but I was surprised at the folks who came in their night clothes. One man had short shorts on and several hadn’t got ready for bed yet.

  • Roane State Community College is exhibiting its annual Student Art Show in the O’Brien Art Gallery through April 26 on the main campus in Roane County.

    The open reception and awards ceremony will be at noon April 26 in the art gallery. Last year, nearly $3,000 in prizes and scholarships were awarded.

    This annual event is open to all Roane State student artists and is an opportunity for students to hone their skills and gain exhibition experience.

  • SATURDAY, APRIL 14
    • Harriman First Presbyterian Church will have a rummage sale from 8 a.m. to noon at the church at 601 Clinton St.

    • Kingston First Baptist Church will have Girls Night Out beginning at 7 in the church at 215 N. Kentucky St. The night of fun, faith and fellowship will include artist and speaker ilonka. Tickets are available at gnolive.com and at the church prior to and on the night of the event. Call 376-6041 for details.

  • Roane Community Seventh-day Adventist Church had its homecoming on April 7 in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the official opening and dedication of its worship center.

    The center, at 336 Patton Lane adjacent to Roane State Community College, was opened on April 6, 2002.

    Former pastors George Sharpe and Rob Clayton participated in the homecoming service, during which the church gave thanks to the living Christ for all that He has provided for them.

  • Three Nails Artist Management will host a spring bash at Roane County Park Saturday, April 14.

    “This thing has taken off like a rollercoaster,” said Donnie Manis, who is funding the event.

    “Basically this is a kick-off to something that will probably grow.”

    The free spring bash will include food; music from the management’s bands Stutterbox, Common Clay Worship, Affliction Asylum and Encounter Eternal; and preaching from Greg Carlyle of Potter’s House Fellowship.

  • Kingston First Baptist Church is hosting a community event on April 14 designed specifically for women.

    Girls Night Out — a nation-wide program filled with fun, faith and fellowship — welcomes women from all backgrounds to share in God’s love by engaging them with humor and inspiring them with hope.

    The evening brings women together to celebrate who God created them to be.

  • The beautiful iris, the state flower of Tennessee, blooms in so many different colors. It was named after Iris, the personification of the rainbow in Greek mythology.

    There are about 200 species of iris to be found in the northern temperate zone. Native to Asia, about 30 different species grow wild in the eastern United States and in the the Mississippi Delta.

    They are a part of the family which includes freesia, crocus and gladiolus.

  • Roane County 4-H, Kingston Police and Fire Departments, Kingston Explorers, state Rep. Julia Hurley, Harry Wampler of Wampler’s Farm and Elm Hill and Sharon Pinner of Hands of Mercy rest during a recent successful springtime food drive and fun event for Hands of Mercy’s food pantry.

    Two truckloads of canned goods were collected, and more than 400 people participated and were given a free hot-dog lunch, courtesy of Wampler’s Farm Sausage.

    A petting zoo and face painting were also part of the attractions.

  • East Tennessee Human Resource Agency will sponsor the Summer Food Program in Roane and other East Tennessee counties this summer.

    The Summer Food Program is a federally funded free food program made available to all children when school is not in session.

    The purpose of this program is to make good nutritious meals available to children throughout the summer months.

    ETHRA contracts with food vendors in each county to prepare meals daily for this program.

  • Madison Paige Smythe of Kingston is among the 56 young women from throughout East Tennessee who will be presented during the Dogwood Ball.

    The 50th annual ball of the East Tennessee Presentation Society will be on April 21 in Knoxville Coliseum.

    Smythe is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Smythe of Kingston.

    She is a sophomore at Pellissippi State Community College, Knoxville.