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Today's Features

  • 25 Years Ago
    Ron Coleman became Roane County’s first black elected official when he won his bid for one of three seats on Harriman City Council. Coleman, the top vote-getter in the council race, was named the city’s vice mayor. He said he believes his successful bid for public office was a step in the right direction — that people are trying to change things and start working together and judging people more on their personality than whether they are black or white.

    10 Years Ago

  • We marked the time of Pentecost on May 27.

    Pentecost is considered by many people to be the birthday of the Christian church. In reality, it is even earlier than Christianity itself.

    It was one of the great pilgrimage feasts of ancient Israel. It is often referred to in Scripture as the Feast of Weeks, which occurs seven weeks, a week of weeks after the Passover.

    In its earliest form, it was a harvest festival celebrating God’s goodness made manifest.

  • As the sign outside West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department’s station 1 indicates, the department is seeking volunteers to help in its mission to provide fire and emergency services to those in the West Roane County region.

    Those wishing to help may stop by the station on Pumphouse Road in Rockwood and talk with Fire Chief Charlie Redwine about the department’s needs.

    The station may also be contacted by phone at 354-8201.

  • The Memphis Rock’n’Soul Museum has a special offer for Tennessee residents that costs nothing but will provide an  annual revenue stream toward music education.

    The museum has been working diligently to reach a goal of 1,000 pre-sold “music-themed” specialty Tennessee license plates, with annual revenue from these plates going to music education in Tennessee.

  • For 14 days in October 1962, the Cuban Missile Crisis was the closest the world came to a thermonuclear war.

    This historic event is detailed in a photographic timeline, Fallout Shelter and the Cold War Home dioramas with artifacts included in the “Cuban Missile Crisis: When the Cold War Got Hot” exhibition open through Sept. 3 at the American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge.

  • Rachel Trent and Aaron Overall were married April 7 at The Park in New Orleans.

    One hundred and fifty guests attended. The groom’s brother’s Chet’s band played for the reception.

    The bride is a graduate of Midway High School and East Tennessee State University. She is a registered nurse with Fort Loudoun Medical Center, Lenoir City.

  • Rachel Nicole Thomas of Rockwood and Joseph Carl Bennett of Murfreesboro announce their forthcoming marriage.

    The ceremony will be on June 16 in Nashville.

    The bride-elect is the daughter of David and Susan Thomas of Rockwood.

    Her grandparents are Esther Griffin and the late Albert Griffin, and Barbara Thomas and the late Virgil Thomas.

    The prospective groom is the son of David and Sharon Bennett of Murfreesboro.

  • Brandy Dawn Willis and Thomas Jackson Glenn announce their forthcoming marriage.

    The ceremony will be at 4 p.m. June 30 in Piney Baptist Church in Oakdale. A reception will follow at 6 p.m. in Grand Vista Bay Clubhouse, Rockwood.

    All relatives and friends of the couple are invited to attend.

  • Marriage licenses granted at the Roane County Courthouse from Feb. 23-April 30:

    Christopher Wade York to Kristen Lacey Worthington

    Anthony Antonio Patterson to Wendy Jane Ingram

    Travis Anthony Best to Suzanne Melody Powell

    Chadwick Wayne Lane to Angie Lynn Day Lane

    Brian David Summers to Melinda Jo Clower Reese

    Jonathan Edward Johnson to Jessica Leann Cook Phillips

    Benjamin Anthony Hankey to Patricia Noella Ann Macon

  • Babies born at Methodist Medical Center, Oak Ridge, to Roane County parents:

    Feb. 9 — Shelia and Terry Collins, Harriman. A boy, Waylon Ray, 6 pounds, 12 oz. Siblings: Tanner and Dakota. Grandparents: David and Peggy Kirby; Bill and Marilyn Collins.

    Feb. 10
    — Elizabeth Ann and Jimmie B. Tharpe, Harriman. A boy, Brian Cameron. Siblings: Nicholus Blaze and Jayan Christian. Grandparents: Trisha Woods and Jim Woods; Randy and Shirley Walker.