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Today's Features

  • Luminary United Methodist Church, Ten Mile, will provide access to several medical specialists and health-related service providers during its annual Presidents Day health fair.

    The health fair will be from 8 a.m. to noon Feb. 20. The church is at 3401 River Road.

    The University of Tennessee Breast Health Outreach Program will perform screening mammograms for both uninsured and insured women from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in its digital mammography mobile unit.

  • A group of 18 students from Ithaca College in Ithaca, N.Y., stopped in Kingston on their way down to Birmingham, Ala., to spend a week building a Habitat for Humanity home, and they received a bit of Southern hospitality that they weren’t expecting.

    Jackie Keating, team leader and Ithaca College Habitat for Humanity Chapter president, asked if Roane County Habitat for Humanity would be willing to let the students use the organization’s office as an overnight camp during its 18-hour trip to Birmingham.

  • The Tennessee Department of Transportation has completed improvements to the intersection of Hwys. 58 and 72 south of Kingston.

    TDOT used safety grants to fund work to the intersection, which has been the site of a number of serious and fatal car crashes.

    “I am very pleased that the intersection of State Route 72 at State Route 58 has been improved,” said state Sen. Ken Yager, R-Harriman.

    Yager was Roane County Executive when he first sought improvements to the road. He was elected to the Tennessee Senate in 2008.

  • MONDAY, FEB. 4
    • 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. Social worker Kathy Parks will present the program on senior life plans. Those attending are asked to bring a covered dish or dessert for the meal following the program.

    FRIDAY, FEB. 8

  • Kingston Rotary Club’s annual pancake breakfast and silent auction this weekend have lasting effects that go beyond a clean plate.

    Proceeds from this year’s breakfast will be used to support the club’s community and international service projects.

    The breakfast will be from 8 to 11 a.m. Feb. 2 in Kingston Church of Christ family center at 120 Spring St., Kingston.

    Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for children and may be purchased from any Kingston Rotary Club member or at the door.

    Call Ralph Best at 376-0578 for details.

  • Southern Appalachia Railway Museum will once again roll out its restored 1920s Pullman dining car for Valentine dinner excursions.

    Chef Andras Bartha will prepare four entrée choices for diners on the museum's Valentine dinner trains which give couples an opportunity to experience a romantic setting similar to that experienced during golden age of American rail travel in the 1930s-40s.

    Departures are at 6 p.m. Feb. 13-15; and at 5 p.m. Feb. 16.

  • 25 Years Ago
    Kingston City Council passed an ordinance calling for a referendum on a city sales tax increase. This action was taken to avoid a possible loss in sales tax revenue if Roane County voters approved an increase in the county levy.

    10 Years Ago
    Kingston Police Department was preparing to kick off its Neighborhood Watch Program. The first city in the county to initiate the program, police were looking for eyes and ears in the community to watch for anything out of the norm.

    Five Years Ago

  • Grains have been a major diet staple from the beginning of time — and in every civilization.
    Breads made from grain are the “staff of life.”

    The Bible has hundreds of references to bread and the various grains from which it can be made.

    There is also reference to what some of these grains in ancient times were and how their counterparts compare.

    We seldom hear about spelt, millet, pulse or maize, although spelt can be found in health food stores today.

    Rye, buckwheat, barley, wheat, rice and corn, however, are very familiar.

  • There was a new arrival Monday at the home of Shannon and Ashley Jones Blakely.

    Marie James was born Monday, Jan. 21, in a hospital in Cookeville.

    Blakely is the couple’s first child. Grandparents are the Rev. and Mrs. Odel Cruckfield, Lametea Moore and Shannon Jones Sr.

    Ceola Lawrence is the great-grandmother.

    Congratulations to this young couple on becoming parents.

    Last Sunday, Julia Harris was honored with a pre-birthday dinner in Oak Ridge with some of her children and grandchildren.

  • Medic Regional Blood Center is offering one blood donor in January a trip for two to Graceland, home of Elvis Presley.    

    Donors who give blood during the month are automatically entered to win the prize package that includes two tickets to Graceland, overnight hotel stay and a gas card.    

    Medic will be at Oliver Spring Food City from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 30 for a blood drive.

    All donors will receive a limited-edition Elvis T-shirt.