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Today's Features

  • By Josephine McKinney, Community correspondent
    I want to go back in time to the days of Santa Claus, the big man in a red suit. And how it was when we lived on the farm and walked three miles to the little three room school house in Swan Pond community  — no swans, no pond — but for some unknown reason that was what it was called.

  • By Louise Warmley, Community correspondent
    Congratulations to my niece, Sheila, and nephew, Tim Williams, who celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary Tuesday, Feb. 14.

    They didn’t do anything special; they just spent a quiet evening at home with a special dinner.

    They are the parents of two daughters and two grandchildren.

    God bless you with many more years together.

  • Julia Hopper Daniel of Oliver Springs will discuss the history of the former Oliver Springs Colored School during this weekend’s Women’s Ministry program of the Knoxville District Baptist Association.

    The program, which is open to the public, will begin at 10 a.m. Feb. 25 in New Friendship Baptist Church at 1933 Texas Ave., Knoxville.

  • Laurel Bluff Baptist Church, Kingston, recently called Don Long as its pastor.

    Long has been a Southern Baptist pastor for 47 years. He has served on the Brotherhood Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention and as president of the Tennessee Baptist Convention Pastors Conference.

    He has been a volunteer chaplain with the Florida Highway Patrol, Chattanooga Police Department and the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

  • Rockwood Presbyterian Church welcomes a new minister to the pulpit on Feb. 26.

    Charles Snodgrass officially began his ministry with the 140-year-old church on Jan. 1, but he will be installed and ordained as minister at a special service at 5 p.m. Feb. 26 in the church at 429 W. Rockwood St.

    A reception in the church’s fellowship hall will follow the service. The community is welcome to attend.

  • The congregation of Harriman Baptist Tabernacle will celebrate Pastor James F. Jr. and Sandra Jones’ 35th year of serving the church with a special service on Feb. 26.

    David C. Gibbs Jr., president of the Christian Law Association, will be the guest speaker for the service, which starts at 11 a.m.

    The church is at 1420 Old Roane St.

  • By Ellen Probert Williamson
    The beginning of Lent, Ash Wednesday, falls on Feb. 22 this year.

    Churches across the country observe this day with special services that  usually culminate with the marking of a cross with ashes on the foreheads of the faithful.

    The ashes used for these ceremonies of devotion are traditionally those resulting from the burning of palms left from the previous year’s Palm Sunday observance.

  • 25 Years Ago
    A harmless-looking hole appeared in the back parking lot of Rockwood High School. It was later determined to be about a 28-foot-deep drop that some joked “carries boats to the Lost Sea.” Water Department Superintendent Curtis Early was willing to bet the hole was an ore mine. “We’ve filled these up all over town,” he said.

    10 Years Ago

  • Anyone interested in Roane State Community College’s Advanced Materials Training and Education Center — a no-cost, high-tech training program for those who are unemployed or underemployed — is welcome to attend an upcoming informational meeting at the college’s Oak Ridge cam-pus.

    The meeting will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 28 in Room C-119 of the Oak Ridge campus at 701 Briarcliff Ave.

  • Members of the Kingston and Harriman Lions clubs, together with support from officers of District 12N of Lions Clubs International, are working together to offer support to a Rockwood girl fighting against a rare disease to maintain her eyesight.

    Emilie Gregg, 6, has been diagnosed with hypoplasminogenemia, an incurable blood disease.