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Today's Features

  • We Americans are the unusual ones in terms of eating insects. It’s a standard thing in other countries. A recent survey in Nigeria found that about seven out of 10 people ate caterpillars.

    Dry-roasted queen ants are served at cocktail parties in Colombia, and roasted grasshoppers can be found in the gourmét frozen-food aisles of supermarkets in Japan.

  • Nancy Ray is a patient in Oak Ridge Methodist Medical Center. She has been ill and is now in a room. She is improving. We wish her a speedy recovery. You are in our prayers.

    Since Jeff Harris was in Chicago during the celebration of  his mother Julia Harris’ birthday, he came home Sunday and joined her in worship service at St. Mary’s Baptist Church. Afterward, he took her out to dinner in Oak Ridge. Julia said just having her son come home meant everything to her.

  • A coalition of Tennessee legal groups has joined forces to launch a toll-free phone line offering free legal information and referrals to low-income Tennesseans.

    The service, known as aLEGALz, will assist Tennesseans in finding resources to deal with civil legal issues.

    Those who cannot afford a lawyer may call the line at 888-aLEGALz (1-888-253-4259) and leave a message at any time. Calls will be returned by a licensed Tennessee lawyer.

  • Area Boy Scout troops are doing a “Good Turn” by collecting items for a material drive through Feb. 9.

    Scouts are collecting items, such as gently used clothing or toys, from family, friends and neighbors to be donated to area Goodwill stores.

    The scouts will earn a “Good Turn” patch for participating in this drive.

    The Good Turn initiative is a national call to service by the Boy Scouts.

  • Luminary United Methodist Church, Ten Mile, will provide access to several medical specialists and health-related service providers during its annual Presidents Day health fair.

    The health fair will be from 8 a.m. to noon Feb. 20. The church is at 3401 River Road.

    The University of Tennessee Breast Health Outreach Program will perform screening mammograms for both uninsured and insured women from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in its digital mammography mobile unit.

  • A group of 18 students from Ithaca College in Ithaca, N.Y., stopped in Kingston on their way down to Birmingham, Ala., to spend a week building a Habitat for Humanity home, and they received a bit of Southern hospitality that they weren’t expecting.

    Jackie Keating, team leader and Ithaca College Habitat for Humanity Chapter president, asked if Roane County Habitat for Humanity would be willing to let the students use the organization’s office as an overnight camp during its 18-hour trip to Birmingham.

  • The Tennessee Department of Transportation has completed improvements to the intersection of Hwys. 58 and 72 south of Kingston.

    TDOT used safety grants to fund work to the intersection, which has been the site of a number of serious and fatal car crashes.

    “I am very pleased that the intersection of State Route 72 at State Route 58 has been improved,” said state Sen. Ken Yager, R-Harriman.

    Yager was Roane County Executive when he first sought improvements to the road. He was elected to the Tennessee Senate in 2008.

  • MONDAY, FEB. 4
    • Kingston First Baptist Church’s Young at Heart will meet at 10:30 a.m. in the church’s family life center at 215 N. Kentucky St. Social worker Kathy Parks will present the program on senior life plans. Those attending are asked to bring a covered dish or dessert for the meal following the program.

    FRIDAY, FEB. 8

  • Kingston Rotary Club’s annual pancake breakfast and silent auction this weekend have lasting effects that go beyond a clean plate.

    Proceeds from this year’s breakfast will be used to support the club’s community and international service projects.

    The breakfast will be from 8 to 11 a.m. Feb. 2 in Kingston Church of Christ family center at 120 Spring St., Kingston.

    Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for children and may be purchased from any Kingston Rotary Club member or at the door.

    Call Ralph Best at 376-0578 for details.

  • Southern Appalachia Railway Museum will once again roll out its restored 1920s Pullman dining car for Valentine dinner excursions.

    Chef Andras Bartha will prepare four entrée choices for diners on the museum's Valentine dinner trains which give couples an opportunity to experience a romantic setting similar to that experienced during golden age of American rail travel in the 1930s-40s.

    Departures are at 6 p.m. Feb. 13-15; and at 5 p.m. Feb. 16.