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Today's Features

  • Alyson Kate Wheeler turned 9 years old on Nov. 6.

    She celebrated with a Justin Bieber-themed party at the Roane County Skating Center with friends and family.

    She is the daughter of Richard and Carla Wheeler of Kingston.

    Grandparents are R.L. Lawson and the late Shirley Lawson and Richard and Elizabeth Wheeler, all of Harriman.

    Alyson has a 12-year-old brother, Noah.

  • Harriman’s Hollywood connection, veteran actor Muse Watson, will perform “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day,” a Dec. 21 holiday concert benefiting the Princess Theatre Foundation.

    Watson, who has a home in Harriman, will be accompanied by acclaimed pianist Dr. Eric Littleton.

    Littleton is a Harriman native who has a family medical practice in Sevierville.

    Tickets are $10 each and are available at Rocky Top General Store in South Harriman and the Harriman Jewelry Exchange.

  • The Michael Dunn Foundation hosted a reception and dinner earlier this month to honor new members of the Michael Dunn Foundation Legacy Society.

    The members honored at the Legacy Society reception and dinner were The Knights of Columbus- Council 8273; In Memory of Albert Clark by Doris Clark; and In Memory of Donald Brown by his aunt, Sarah Coram, who was represented by her niece, Teina Ingram.

  • Tony and Oneda Whalen of Harriman will be honored this weekend at a reception celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.

    The event will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 2 in South Harriman Baptist Church’s family life center. All friends and relatives are invited to attend. The couple requests no gifts.

    The Whalens graduated from South Harriman High School, where they were high school sweethearts. They married Dec. 29, 1962, in Childs Memorial Baptist Church, Harriman.

  • A free concert in Harriman’s Princess Theater today, Nov. 30, aims to put people in the Christmas spirit.

    The concert, which starts at 7 p.m., will be given by a gospel homecoming choir from many churches in Roane and Morgan counties.

    A love offering will be accepted to support Hands of Mercy in Kingston and Storehouse Ministries of Wartburg.

  • Thanksgiving was fun. Its traditions, family gatherings, predictable menus and festive atmosphere are precious and a fitting introduction to several weeks of joyful anticipation and celebration.

    Christmas decorations are going up everywhere we look, and Christmas plants and flowers are making their appearance in stores, churches, public buildings and our houses.

    Tradition plays a large part here, too.

    Poinsettias, without which it would seem no holiday décor would be complete, are perhaps the most obvious.

  • Beautiful costumes, breathtaking scenery and a mostly Roane County cast performing to a Tchaikovsky soundtrack in Arts in Motion’s 2012 presentation of Roane County’s “The Nutcracker.”

    Performances in the O’Brien Theater on Roane State Community College’s main campus are scheduled for 7 p.m. Nov. 30-Dec. 1 and at 2 p.m. Dec. 2.

    School performances will start at 9:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Nov. 29.

    Tickets are $18 per person and are available at the door or by reservation by calling 376-0295.

  • 25 Years Ago
    Dr. Robert Booher, a specialist in addictionology at Mountain View Recovery Center in Maryville, presented the Roane County Task Force Against Drug Abuse with the newest research data. “Chemical dependency, in the form of alcoholism or as an addiction to any other type of mood-altering drug, is a primary medical disease,” he said. Once the addict and his family understand the disease concept, hope can be regained; treatment can be sought; and recovery can begin.

    10 Years Ago

  • Addie “Mac” Robbins will celebrate her 100th birthday this weekend.

    She will be honored with a party from 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 1 in Bethel Presbyterian Church fellowship hall at 203 S. Kentucky St., Kingston.

    All relatives and friends are invited to attend.

    No gifts are requested, but she loves cards.

  • There’s a curvy shaded lane that leads to the entry of the subdivision where I live.

    Two brindle cur dogs have prowled a particular curve where I must slow down to safely drive through.

    For two years these mutts have crouched in the ditch, camouflaged by their colors, ears laid back and eyes just above the ditch line.

    When they think I have exposed my flank, they attack the cars wheels, snapping and snarling as though to tear them apart.