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Today's Features

  • Jay Searcy, author of the “The Last Reunion,” grew up in Oak Ridge, the secret headquarters for the Manhattan Project in World War II.

    He was one of 11,000 children from all over America who were thrown together during the war while their parents worked secretly around the clock.

    Many did not know that they were creating the most devastating weapon in history and ushering in the Atomic Age.

    Today those children are in their mid-70s, the last living generation to have witnessed the Oak Ridge miracle.

  • By Ellen Probert Williamson
    As we come to the end of November, we are face to face with some important celebrations: Thanksgiving, the day of St. Andrew, the national emblem of Scotland, and the beginning of Advent in the Christian faith that leads up to Christmas.

    It is common knowledge that Thanksgiving began in New England as the Pilgrims’ celebration of gratitude for being alive and prospering after their first year of deprivation in the New World.

  • United Methodist Church Holston Conference Bishop James Swanson will be the guest speaker on Dec. 4 at Swan Pond United Methodist Church, Harriman.

    The worship service will begin at 10 a.m.

    “Swan Pond Methodist Church is excited about Bishop Swanson’s visit as the church continues its 185th  anniversary celebration this year,” church member Mike Hill said.

  • Candlelit visits to traditionally decorated historic buildings, glimpses of 1880s Rugby Christmases, seasonal music, an award-winning film and mural at the Rugby Visitor Centre & Theatre and a traditional Victorian dinner all await visitors to Christmas at Historic Rugby.

    The annual holiday fundraiser will be on Dec. 3 at the British-founded museum village atop the Cumberland Plateau.   

  • A number of holiday festivities are planned in conjunction with Oliver Springs’ annual Christmas parade on Dec. 3.

    The opening ceremony starts at 3:30 p.m. at the court of flags on East Tri County Boulevard.

    The parade line-up will begin at 4:45 p.m. at Arrowhead Park. The parade will begin at 5:30 and follow the traditional parade through town and end back at Arrowhead Park.

    Following the conclusion of the parade there will be Christmas caroling at the old Presbyterian Church at 7 p.m.

  • Experience the magic of Christmas during the annual Tour of Homes in the picturesque Rockwood, nestled at the foot of the mountain.

    Seven stately homes will be featured during this year’s tour on Dec. 3-4. Tour hours are from 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday and from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday.

    An authentic storyteller will perform for this year’s event.

    In downtown Rockwood will be the grand opening of Found, an art gallery featuring area artists and décor from Glitterville and One Hundred 80 Degrees.   

  • “Self-Therapy for the Stutterer” is now available at Oliver Springs Public Library.

    The 192-page book is the classic self-help guide written by Malcolm Fraser, founder of The Stuttering Foundation.

    This book outlines a self-therapy program which describes what the person who stutters can do to work toward better communication.

  • 25 Years Ago
    Property tax bills were about a month and a half late in being mailed out due to Roane County’s reappraisal process. An estimated $200,000 that would normally have been deposited was yet to be collected. To keep the county from operating in a deficit, $300,000 was transferred from the general-purpose fund on a tax anticipation note, to be repaid with interest.

    10 Years Ago

  • For the first two weekends in December, Santa Claus will leave his sleigh in the garage and climb aboard the Secret City Scenic Excursion Train.

    St. Nick be on board the train Dec. 3-4 and Dec. 10-11.

    He's sure to delight children of all ages as he makes his way through the train passing out gift bags and making himself available for pictures with children.

    The volunteers of Southern Appalachia Railway Museum will have the train all decked out in holiday style to add to the excitement of the trips and the season.

  • Shawn Alexander Burney of Harriman celebrated his second birthday on Nov. 18 with a Mickey-Mouse-themed party.

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

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

    Great-grandparents are the late Melvin and Lola Utley, Junior and Sarah Burney, and O.T. and Etoy McDaniels.

    Shawn has an older brother, Brayden.