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Today's Features

  • Proceeds from the Oliver Springs Historical Society’s fundraising spaghetti lunch this weekend will go toward restoration of the Abston Building.

    The lunch, from 11:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 10, will be in the Oliver Springs DAV building, one block west of Oliver Springs High School.

    Lunch is $8 for adults and $3 for ages 5 and younger and includes spaghetti, salad, bread, dessert and tea, water or coffee.

    “To-go” lunches will be available during the event.

  • A new billboard along Roane Street in South Harriman has been erected to help graduates of the former school celebrate a half-century milestone.

    Arranged and provided by the South Harriman Schools Alumni and Friends Organization, the billboard in predominantly South Harriman High School orange notes that 2013 marks 50 years since the last class graduated from South Harriman High School in May 1963.

  • 25 Years Ago
    Rockwood fire officials were unsure what caused a blaze that destroyed a downtown landmark. The Mourfield Hotel was built in 1897 and neighbored Rockwood First Christian Church on West Rockwood Street. A first-floor resident, Freeman Denney, 79, told authorities he found his apartment on fire after going upstairs to see if frozen pipes had thawed.

    10 Years Ago

  • We Americans are the unusual ones in terms of eating insects. It’s a standard thing in other countries. A recent survey in Nigeria found that about seven out of 10 people ate caterpillars.

    Dry-roasted queen ants are served at cocktail parties in Colombia, and roasted grasshoppers can be found in the gourmét frozen-food aisles of supermarkets in Japan.

  • Nancy Ray is a patient in Oak Ridge Methodist Medical Center. She has been ill and is now in a room. She is improving. We wish her a speedy recovery. You are in our prayers.

    Since Jeff Harris was in Chicago during the celebration of  his mother Julia Harris’ birthday, he came home Sunday and joined her in worship service at St. Mary’s Baptist Church. Afterward, he took her out to dinner in Oak Ridge. Julia said just having her son come home meant everything to her.

  • A coalition of Tennessee legal groups has joined forces to launch a toll-free phone line offering free legal information and referrals to low-income Tennesseans.

    The service, known as aLEGALz, will assist Tennesseans in finding resources to deal with civil legal issues.

    Those who cannot afford a lawyer may call the line at 888-aLEGALz (1-888-253-4259) and leave a message at any time. Calls will be returned by a licensed Tennessee lawyer.

  • Area Boy Scout troops are doing a “Good Turn” by collecting items for a material drive through Feb. 9.

    Scouts are collecting items, such as gently used clothing or toys, from family, friends and neighbors to be donated to area Goodwill stores.

    The scouts will earn a “Good Turn” patch for participating in this drive.

    The Good Turn initiative is a national call to service by the Boy Scouts.

  • 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.