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Today's Features

  • A showcase of regional talent is promised for this year’s Half-Moon Music Festival, a free Sunday afternoon concert in the scenic Blue Springs Cove of Watts Bar Lake in Ten Mile.

    “Pack up your camping chair or pull up your party barge,” encouraged Half-Moon organizer Wayne Tipps about this year’s event, from 1 to 5:30 p.m. July 8.

    The Half-Moon Music Festival is “our way of giving back to the area,” Tipps said.

  • 25 Years Ago
    Selected for the 1986 Edition of Outstanding Young Women of America were Karen Mayton and Melinda Cofer Salmons, both of Harriman; Gail Rosser and Maureen Anne Williams, both formerly of Kingston; and Kingston native Sherry L. Sitzler. The program is designed to honor and encourage young women between the ages of 21-36 who have distinguished themselves in many fields of endeavor, such as services to community, professional leadership, academic achievement, business advancement, cultural accomplishments, and civic and political participation.

  • George Washington’s writings are a good source of information about colonial gardens.

    Whenever his services to his country or to his community permitted, Washington took great pleasure in developing the agricultural possibilities of his estate at Mount Vernon and in beautifying the grounds.

  • Kingston Public Library will operate under new hours beginning July 1.

    The library’s new hours will be from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday and Saturday, said library director Steve Jacks.

    The library’s present hours are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

    “Also beginning July 1, the very popular Wednesday children’s program will be expanded to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.,” Jacks added.

  • James Daniel Hooker was born at 8:59 p.m. on June 6 in Methodist Medical Center, Oak Ridge.

    He weighed 7 pounds, 15 ounces, and was 19 inches long.

    He is the son of Timothy Hooker and Alicia Patterson of Wartburg.

    Grandparents are Douglas and Stella Patterson of Oliver Springs, and John and Mary Jo Hooker of Harriman.

    Great-grandparents are Earslee Patterson of Oliver Springs and Joseph Dunnabeck Sr. of Michigan.

    James has a brother, 8-year-old Jacob.

  • Madly Hillman celebrated her third birthday on June 11 with her parents, grandparents and cousin, Cindy Patton. The theme of her party was Hello Kitty. She also had a fun day at Dollywood.

    She is the daughter of Chris and Betsey Hillman of Oliver Springs.

    Grandparents are Peg Keating of Auburn Hills, Mich., and Chuck and Rosa Smith Hillman of Harriman.

  • Five generations of the family of Earslee Patterson, center left, include, from left, great-grandson Daniel Stewart, granddaughter Cathy Stewart, great-great-grandson Noah Stewart and son Douglas Patterson.

  • Over the weekend, four additional wildfires burned across the region.

    Although they were not large in size (largest being 10 acres), it serves as an indicator as to how dry the region is.

    Two fires occurred in Monroe County; both of these were suspected cigarettes.

    A 10-acre fire continues to burn in Morgan County off Tunnel Hill Road. One 2-acre arson fire is out in Scott County.
    In addition, a structure fire in Knox County set a nearby forest on fire, and state forestry crews are working to contain this part of the blaze.  

  • The Princess Theatre¹s seat sponsorship program gives people an opportunity to support the theatre’s events, its programs and role as a center for arts education.

    Sponsorships range from $100 to $1,000. A permanent plaque will be placed on each seat a person sponsors. The plaque can include two lines of text (25 characters per line) of the sponsor¹s choice.

  • Salem Baptist Church, Ten Mile, will celebrate its 135-year anniversary with special activities June 30 and July 1.

    The church was established in 1877 and has opened its doors for weekly services consistently for these 135 years.

    Pastor Ted Clower said he and the congregation invite former pastors and members to share in the celebration services.

    The Saturday service will begin at 4 p.m.

    Breakin’ Ground, a group of young singers and instrumentalists, will provide music for the service.