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Today's Features

  • Roane County’s Shirley McCracken will sign copies of her historical novel, The Breastplate, this weekend.

    The book-signing event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Browder’s Ace Hardware in Kingston’s Ladd Landing.

    The novel, set during the Civil War, centers around an artifact McCracken’s husband found 40 years ago on their farm.

    The story centers around the war in Tennessee, particularly Kingston, and Kingston’s residents.

  • Oliver Springs’ Christmas in the City on Dec. 15 will kick off with a 3:30 p.m. opening ceremony at the Court of Flags on Hwy. 61.

    Lineup for the town’s annual Christmas parade starts at 4:45 p.m. at Arrowhead Park.

    The parade will start at 5:30 p.m. and proceed along Main Street.

    A turkey dinner and music starts at 6:30 p.m. in the Disabled American Veterans Building at 530 Kingston Ave.

    Tickets for the dinner are $10 each.

    Greg Johnson and Sharon Tarwater will provide music.

  • Babahatchie Community Band’s Christmas concert will offer some traditional holiday favorites in what will be a new venue for the Harriman-based ensemble.

    “We will be at the Princess Theater,” said Babahatchie spokeswoman Alison Westrich. “The band is very excited to be able to play at the Princess again.”

    The free concert gets under way at 3 p.m. Dec. 16.

    Refreshments will be served during intermission for this special performance, which is dedicated to Hal and Margaret Jones.

  • Tammy Mullins’ first-grade class at Ridge View Elementary School, Rockwood, took first-place honors in Rockwood 2000’s Christmas-tree-decorating contest.

    Seven trees displayed in downtown buildings were decorated by Ridge View students participating in the contest.

    “The participation was truly in the spirit of Christmas and so well done that it was very hard for the judges to choose winners,” said Sandy McIntosh of Rockwood 2000.

    The winning tree is on display in Rockwood Electric Utility.

  • Speights Chapel AME Zion Church, Rockwood, is making plans for its inaugural Davison, Inman and Hawkins Health Fair.

    The event, planned from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 19 in Rockwood Community Center at 710 N. Chamberlain Ave., will be in memory of Rob Davison, Deidre Inman and Mechelle Hawkins, said the Rev. Bea Thomas of Speights Chapel.

    She added that the health fair is planned for the benefit of families in the community.

  • No one knows for certain the date on which Jesus was born. For more than three centuries, “Christ-Mass” was a moveable feast.

    And, in many places, it was celebrated on Jan. 6, the Epiphany. That’s the day, according to the Biblical account, when Jesus was manifested to the Magi.

  • 25 Years Ago
    A new 150,000-square-foot shopping center was being built in Rockwood. The Valley Shopping Center, just north of Roane Memorial Gardens on Hwy. 27, would include Walmart, Ingles Food Store, a clothing store and various area shops. Rockwood Water, Wastewater and Natural Gas was approached about providing water, sewer and gas service to the facility.

    10 Years Ago

  • Harriman Farmers Market was recently awarded a $1,500 grant from the Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program to help advertise the market.

    “We are excited about implementing some new ideas at the market this season, and this additional funding will help us accomplish our goals,” said Dina Jackson, Harriman’s city grant coordinator.

    This year the market is focusing on developing a campaign that promotes fresh “Tennessee grown” food as a healthier choice for children.

  • The Rural Mixers Family and Community Education Club of Kingston made more than $1,000 for the Betty McGlasson Scholarship Fund to Roane State College at the sales table during the Christmas Ideas Fair last month.

    Club members are, front row from left, Dot Russell, Virginia Pomfret, Ada Thompson; and back row, Lennie Stansbury, Mattie Mathis, Iona Wyatt, Judy Lawson and Madge Jackson.

    Not pictured are Imogene Owens and Imogene Deatherage.

  • Shawn Alexander Burney celebrated his third birthday on Nov. 18.

    He celebrated on Nov. 16 with a SpongeBob SquarePants-themed party.

    He is the son of Melissa and Scott Burney of Harriman.

    Grandparents are Linda U. Banks of Harriman and Troy and Annette Burney of Oliver Springs.

    Great-grandparents are the late Lola and Melvin Utley, the late Etoy and O.T. McDaniel, and the late Sarah and J.H. Burney.

    Shawn has a 4-year-old brother, Brayden Andrew Burney.