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Today's Features

  • By Ellen Probert Williamson
    It is almost automatic to think of apples and cider when the crisp days of fall arrive, but how about pears and perry?

    Perry is pear cider, and very good it is.

    Pears have a venerable history which goes back for about 40 centuries.

    Originating in western Asia and around the Caspian Sea, they have been known for many centuries in Europe for as far back as the Stone Age.

  • 25 Years Ago
    A Chattanooga pilot was killed in a plane crash soon after giving a flying lesson out of Rockwood Municipal Airport. The wreckage was discovered on Mount Roosevelt near the airport, about a half-mile off Airport Road. After dropping his student off at the airport, a witness saw the plane circle around over some trees and come back over the airport hangar “real low.”

    10 Years Ago

  • Babies born at Methodist Medical Center, Oak Ridge:

    Aug. 25 — Mary and Tim Austin, Harriman. A girl, Destiny Angel, 6 pounds, 10 ounces. Siblings: Hayden, Joseph, Ariel and Steven. Grandparents: Wendell and Oma Morton; Pamela Austin.

    • Amanda and Josh Wright, Oliver Springs. A girl, Emma Grace, 7 pounds, 6 ounces. Siblings: Annabell and Riley. Grandparents: David and Joyce Roach.

  • Mary Lou Walsh Bradford, whose pies were revered at her brother’s Kingston restaurant, will celebrate her 100th birthday on Oct. 24.

    Bradford’s pies were a high point in the 1940s and 1950s for many customers of The Hut, which was owned by her brother, Paul Walsh, on North Kentucky Street in Kingston.

    Born in Hollywood, Ala., on Oct. 24, 1911, Bradford married Gordon Bradford and moved to Kingston in 1940.

  • Travis Ross King will celebrate his first birthday on Oct. 21.

    He is the son of Ross and Cyndell King of Paint Rock.

    Grandparents are Marty and Teresa Roberts of Paint Rock, April and Steven Pelfrey of Paint Rock, Debbie King of Kingston and the late Eddie King.

  • East Tennessee Foundation has made major revisions to the application process for Youth Endowment grants.

    A two-phase application process makes it easier for nonprofit organizations to submit proposals which offer solutions to challenges affecting young people in East Tennessee.

    Letters of intent for Youth Endowment grants are now being accepted from youth-serving tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizations or other exempt entities within the foundation’s 25-county service area, which includes Roane County.

  • Madison Baker, 11, placed first overall for catching the most fish — 29 — in this year’s Dennis Ferguson Fishing Rodeo for Kids at Roane County Park. She placed first in her age group.

  • Rockwood Business and Professional Women and Business and Professional Women’s Foundation will observe annual National Business Women’s Week on Oct. 17-21.

    The special designation offers communities, companies and organizations an opportunity to celebrate the contributions of working women’s lives in their communities.

    Rockwood BPW will host a special dinner during the week honoring past presidents of the organization.

  • Kingston United Methodist Church has reserved dates and times within the month to take applications for its 2011 Christmas basket program.

    Applications will be accepted in the church’s ministry center at 212 W. Church St.

    They will be accepted from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 19 and Nov. 1.

    Daytime hours have also been established. Applications may be submitted from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 20, Oct. 25-26 and Nov. 1.