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Today's Features

  • A four-day winter revival will be Jan. 15-18 in the Windmill Inn Bed and Breakfast in Oliver Springs.

    Russ Cooper of Vonore will be guest speaker for the services, which begin at 6 p.m. Sunday and at 6:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday.

    There will be special music each night, including Julia Smith, Sonya Craze and Tiffany Martin.

    Casual attire is appropriate.

    The Windmill B&B is at 606 Butler Miller Mill Road, just west of the Dollar General Store in Oliver Springs.  

  • Midtown Church of God has named Jesse H. Youngblood as its new pastor.

    Youngblood said he and his wife, Melissa, “are committed to growing a fellowship of believers to become spiritually balanced in the Word, Worship and the Holy Spirit's power for living everyday lives.”

    Services begin at 11 a.m. each Sunday, and Younblood said plans are to begin Sunday night services in the near future.

    The church is at 565 Keylon Drive.

  • Surrounded by rivers, lakes and streams as we are in this part of Tennessee, it is hard for us to realize how important water — and the oasis it makes possible — is in the arid desert regions of much of the world.

    Persia as far back as the seventh century was larger than present-day Iran and included Turkestan and Iraq.

    Back then, a part of the Islamic faith was that the garden represented Paradise or heaven.

    Water was abundant in this garden, filled with trees for shade from the merciless heat and flowers that would never fade.

  • By Freddy Groves
    King Features Syndicate

    In early December, when the Wreaths Across America program put wreaths on graves at Arlington National Cemetery, I flashed back to the ongoing problem of the graves errors at the cemetery: unmarked graves, headstones with no remains, broken urns with scattered remains, graves with more than one person buried in them.

    The problems, it was thought at the time, could involve upward of 6,000 graves.

    Congress demanded that the Army “provide an accounting” of all the gravesites at Arlington.

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  • The Tennessee Highway Patrol will conduct a  sobriety checkpoint from 10 to 11 p.m. Jan. 20 on Hwy. 58 at the new bridge.
    Recognizing the danger presented to the public by intoxicated drivers, troopers will concentrate their efforts on vehicles being operated by intoxicated drivers.
    The Tennessee Highway Patrol has found these sobriety checkpoints to be an effective means of enforcing DUI laws of Tennessee while ensuring the protection of all motorists.

  • The seventh annual Soup’s On! for the Kids First Child Advocacy Center of the Ninth Judicial District will be on Jan. 25 in Tellico Village Community Church’s Christian life center.

    Lunch and dinner will be served during the event to raise funds for the nonprofit agency that serves severely abused children and their nonoffending family members in Roane, Loudon, Morgan and Meigs counties.

    Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door for lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. or dinner from 4:30 to 7 p.m.

  • 25 Years Ago
    Harriman City Council unanimously passed a resolution to borrow $3.1 million for a new wastewater treatment facility. The state ordered the city to have a new facility operating by July 1988 in order to meet new clean water regulations. The amount of the Harriman Utility Board sewer rate increases would depend on the price of the bids and how many grants the city could obtain. Initial estimates ranged from 35- to 80-percent rate increases.

    10 Years Ago

  • Julie Anne Kirkham of Rockwood and Richard Logan Colbert of Brentwood were married on Oct. 22 beside the Evins Mill Pond on the south lawn of the Inn at Evins Mill in Smithville.

    The Honorable David Durham officiated during the double-ring ceremony.

    The bride is the daughter of Philip and Lucy Kirkham of Rockwood. Her grandparents include David Kirkham of Rockwood and the late Mary Kirkham and the late James and Mary Elizabeth Frazier.

  • Babies born at Methodist Medical Center, Oak Ridge, to Roane County parents:
    Dec. 22 — Margaret Elizabeth McGhee and Charles Edward Dotson, Oliver Springs. A girl, Charli Elizabeth, 5 pounds, 10 ounces. Grandparents: David and Sherrie McGhee.

    Dec. 26 — Kayla Suzanne Gentry and Matthew Caleb Dagley, Harriman. A boy, Colton Matthew Elijah, 7 pounds, 13 ounces. Grandparents: Teresa Ellis; Tommy Gentry; Jerry Books; Tonya Freels; Chuck Freels.