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Today's Features

  • Hispanic and women farmers and ranchers who allege discrimination by the USDA in past decades have just a bit more than a month to file claims.

    The filing period closes March 25.

  • SATURDAY, FEB. 16
    • Kingston First Baptist will have a Saturday women’s conference from 9 a.m. to noon in the sanctuary of the church at 215 N. Kentucky St. Tickets are $5 each; registration begins at 8:30 a.m. in the church atrium. Humorist and author Kay DeKalb Smith will be the speaker. Call the church office at 376-6041 for details.

    • Dogwood Baptist Church, Kingston, will have a singing beginning at 7 p.m. The White Oak Trio and others will be singing. The church is on Dogwood Valley Road.

  • Leslie Denise Stevens and Jarryd Reece Ritter, both of Alexandria, Va., were married on Nov. 16 at Biltmore Estate, Asheville, N.C.

    The Rev. Tim Lolley officiated during the 6 p.m. ceremony.

    The bride is the daughter of David and Lillian Stevens of Kingston. She is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University and George Mason University.

    The groom is the son of Dr. Joel and Wanda Ritter. He is a graduate of American University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

  • 25 Years Ago
    Rockwood patrolman Rodney Redmon was proclaimed a hero for the second time in two and a half years when he pulled Fred “Junior” Pass Jr. from a burning building on Poplar Street. “The good Lord must have sent him down here,” said Paul Ed Pass, who credited Redmon with saving his brother’s life. Redmon received Gov. Lamar Alexander’s Outstanding Tennessean Award in 1986 for his earlier heroic feat in which he pulled a 2-year-old Tommy Mullins from a storm sewer.

    10 Years Ago

  • Three Rivers Ramblers Square Dance Club will celebrate its 33rd anniversary on Feb. 16
    with a special dance in Harriman American Legion.

    The dance, open to the public, starts at 8 p.m. Jeanette Bowen will also have line dancing.

    The club formed in the fall of 1979 with a few experienced square dancers and a class of beginners in the Harriman American Legion Hall. The first class of “graduates” finished in February 1980, said club member Connie Williams.

  • Ruby Julian will celebrate her 95th birthday on Feb. 21.

    A native of Harriman, she is the oldest member of Walnut Hill Baptist Church.

    She is the widow of Homer Julian Sr. and the mother of Homer Julian Jr. of Rockwood and Tom Julian and his wife, Pat, of Knoxville.

    Julian also has four grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

  • Mardi Gras is a day of carnival, parades and competitions. Superiority and imagination are displayed in costumes, floats, bands and general magnificence. There are flowers, confetti, feasting and general hysteria of every kind.

    Then comes Ash Wednesday, where reality overcomes the imagination and everything comes to a pause for solemn reflection.

    Ash Wednesday is observed in countless churches worldwide as the beginning of Lent, a 40-day period of abstinence and thoughtful study which precedes the joyousness of Easter.

  • Kingston United Methodist Church’s Clothes Closet has begun broadening its ministry of providing clothes, household goods and furniture — even bridal gowns and prom dresses — to other parts of the state, nation and around the world.

    The Clothes Closet began more than 20 years ago in one room in the church’s Ministry Center on Church Street.

  • Big Emory Baptist Association will continue a tradition of more than 30 years with its Draw the Line youth conference next month in Pigeon Forge.

    Worship, praise, skits, testimonies and black lights are planned for the conference, which will be March 22-23 in the Country Tonite Theatre, the latest venue for the Pigeon Forge event.

  • FRIDAY, FEB. 8
    • Bradbury United Methodist Church, Kingston, will have a large two-day rummage sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Breakfast and lunch will be served. The church is at 3506 Buttermilk Road. Call 376-2990 for details.