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Today's Features

  • Tennessee State Parks will sponsor free, guided hikes on New Year’s Day in commemoration of the park system’s 75th anniversary.

    Each state park will host its own special hike in the first few days of the New Year.

  • Roane County Highway Department will have a Christmas tree recycling event Jan. 2-3.

    Wreaths and garland will be accepted, but brush is prohibited.

    Christmas trees and greenery may be taken to the Roane County Highway Department at 3070 Roane State Hwy., Midtown, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

    All tinsel, lights and decorations should be removed from Christmas trees, garlands and wreaths before they are taken to the department for recycling.

    Call 882-9782 for more information.

  • Medic Regional Blood Center hopes that blood donation is on top of the list for New Year’s Resolutions.

    “If all donors gave just one more donation per year, our area would rarely experience a blood shortage,” said Christi  Fightmaster, Medic’s director of public relations.    

    Medic is the sole provider of blood for 21 counties and 27 area hospitals throughout the greater East Tennessee region.   

  • As Americans prepare for holiday celebrations, AAA reminds both drivers and passengers of the dangers on the roads on New Year’s Day.

    According to AAA, New Year’s Day consistently ranks as the day most alcohol-related fatalities occur.

    To strengthen efforts to protect the public against drunk drivers and reduce alcohol-related traffic deaths, AAA supports ignition interlocks for all convicted DUI offenders and offers important safety advice to partygoers.

  • SUNDAY, DEC. 30
    • New Midway Missionary Baptist Church, Kingston, will have its fifth Sunday night singing beginning at 6 p.m. The church is on New Midway Road.

    MONDAY, JAN. 7

    • 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. Chuck and Diana Whaley will present the program on the Voice of Children-Haiti. Those attending are asked to bring soup, sandwiches or dessert for the meal following the program.

  • Members of Avery Trace Chapter NSDAR award Southwest Point Baptist Church Pastor Larry Bolden with a Certificate of Excellence for the Kingston church’s proper use, correct display and patriotic preservation of the U.S. flag with the display honoring veterans of American wars on Veterans Day.

    On hand for the presentation are, front row from left, Janice Black, Rosemary Alexander, Bolden, Avery Trace Regent Brenda Hall McDonald; second row, Annabelle Harvey, Shirley Smith; third row, Amanda Crumby; and back row, Jane McPherson.

  • Gary, Pat and Tyler Hickey from North Carolina, Deloris Gray and daughter, Tenile and grandson, Sheldon from Texas, Mary Johnson, Cora Linson, Barry Linson and daughter Willow, all from Knoxville, Robin Shannon and son from Chattanooga, Kecia Sanders and sons, Kortney Cameron and a friend from Chattanooga, Jill and Keith Johnson, Barbara Upton, Courtney Thomas, DC Upton and Evelyn Sanders, were recently guests of Herbert and Carolyn Griffin.

  • Gary, Pat and Tyler Hickey from North Carolina, Deloris Gray and daughter, Tenile and grandson, Sheldon from Texas, Mary Johnson, Cora Linson, Barry Linson and daughter Willow, all from Knoxville, Robin Shannon and son from Chattanooga, Kecia Sanders and sons, Kortney Cameron and a friend from Chattanooga, Jill and Keith Johnson, Barbara Upton, Courtney Thomas, DC Upton and Evelyn Sanders, were recently guests of Herbert and Carolyn Griffin.

  • The congregation of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Harriman welcomes the public to its significant Roane County tradition: the Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve celebrating the Nativity of Jesus.

    A musical interlude will begin at 10:30 p.m. on Dec. 24, followed by the Eucharist at 11.

    The Rev. Harry Howard, resident priest at St. Andrew’s, will, for the first time, offici-
    ate at the Christmas Eve service.   

    Robin Duff will be the featured soloist.

  • • Glen Alice Christian Church, Rockwood, will have a Christmas Eve candlelight worship service at 8 p.m. The service will focus on Jesus Christ as “God among us” and is themed “O Come Emmanuel.” Open Communion will be offered to all who have submitted at Christian disciples. The church is at 1849 Spring City Hwy.

    • Bethel Presbyterian Church, Kingston, will have a candlelight Christmas Eve service at 7 p.m. The church is at 203 S. Kentucky St.