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Today's Features

  • By Ellen Probert Williamson
    Evergreen and holly wreaths are everywhere during the holiday season, but all kinds of wreaths adorn our houses the rest of the year.

    They include wreaths of grapevine, straw, dried flowers and herbs, ribbon bows and lace ruffles. Even such unlikely materials as pretzels and macaroni make their appearance, not to mention straw hats wreathed with blossoms and ribbons.

    One wonders whether the residents of all those houses realize what an ancient tradition they are following.

  • The Henry Center had two Orange and White Days during football season to show support for Coach Derek Dooley and the University of Tennessee Volunteers.

  • The Tennessee Historical Commission has extended the nomination deadline to Dec. 31 for its Certificate of Merit Awards.

    The award is designed to honor individuals or groups who worked to preserve Tennessee’s cultural heritage during 2011.

  • The East Tennessee Preservation Alliance welcomes Roane Countians to submit nominations of the county’s endangered historic places or structures to be included in the 2012 East Tennessee’s Endangered Heritage list.

    Nominations are accepted from Roane, Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Claiborne, Cocke, Grainger, Hamblen, Jefferson, Knox, Loudon, Monroe, Morgan, Scott, Sevier and Union counties until Jan. 11, 2012.

  • 25 Years Ago
    Roane County Board of Education members voted to use career ladder money to offset the expense of a driver’s education course. A $50 course fee and money sent from the state specifically for driver’s education should cover the cost of the course, which was scheduled to begin the following month.

    10 Years Ago

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

    Nov. 11
    — Melanie Fitzgerald and Sam Seiber, Oliver Springs. A boy, Kyler Gage, 7 pounds, 1 ounce. Grandparents: Benny and Kathy Seiber; Rick and Julie Burgess.

    • Farren Davis and Joshua Johnson, Rockwood. A boy, Elijah Carter, 7 pounds, 13 ounces. Siblings: Breanna and Mikah. Grandparents: Jennie and John Farmer; Robbie Griffith; Anita Barrow; Lois Maddox.

  • Abigail Grace “Abby” Ariks was born at 9:53 a.m. Nov. 2 in Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center, Knoxville.

    She weighed 7 pounds, 12 ounces, and was 20 inches long.

    She is the daughter of Chris and Jessica Ariks of Kingston.

    Grandparents are Ron and Rhonda Nickell and the late Angelia Ariks, all of Kingston, and Johnny Ariks of Decatur.

    Great-grandparents are Reva Nickell and Lonnie Johnson of Kingston, Sue Johnson of Harriman, and the late Nancy Edmonds of Pennington Gap, Va.

  • Roane State Community College’s Roane County and Oak Ridge campuses will offer extended business hours after the holidays to help students get ready for the start of spring classes.
    The college will be closed Monday, Dec. 19 through Monday, Jan. 2.
    After Roane State reopens on Jan. 3, extended hours will be offered on the following schedule (all times Eastern) at the Roane County and Oak Ridge campuses:
    • Saturday, Jan. 7, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
    • Monday, Jan. 9-Thursday, Jan. 12, 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

  • Registration for Roane State Community College’s spring semester is under way.

    For students who register on or before Jan 5, fees are due by Jan. 5 at 4:30 p.m. to avoid deletion of their class schedule.

    Students can pay fees at www.roanestate.edu.

    Click on RaiderNet.

    Log in to your account.

    Click on the Account Summary and Pay link in the Student Self-Service Box.

    Payment is also accepted by personal check, money order, or by Visa, American Express or MasterCard credit or debit card at any Roane State campus.

  • Medic Regional Blood Center and Second Harvest Food Bank are teaming up in December with a “Double Your Good Deed” theme to create a unique giving opportunity for donors.

    All blood donors, including those donating next week during a blood drive in Oliver Springs High School library, will have the opportunity to opt out of a T-shirt, and a donation equal to nine meals will be made to Second Harvest.

    “It’s very easy for donors to help two area nonprofits at one time,” said Medic spokeswoman Christi Fightmaster.