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Today's Features

  • 25 Years Ago
    With no public notice of the meeting, several school board members met to discuss restructuring Rockwood’s school system. Without meaning to violate the Sunshine Law, board members considered having seventh- and eighth-graders remain at Rockwood Junior High and moving ninth-graders to the high school.

    10 Years Ago

  • An array of breakfast-time fare, such as those dished up by Kingston Lions Club member Sally Stokes, will be offered during the club’s annual pancake breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. March 31 in Kingston Baptist Church’s family life center.

    Cost is $5 and includes freshly prepared pancakes with syrup, sausage, bacon, coffee, orange juice and milk.

    Net proceeds will be primarily used to assist those in the community needing vision assistance.

  • By Ellen Probert Williamson
    Spring officially began this year on March 20, and with it comes some warmer days. New leaves are beginning to appear on some of the trees, and little violets and forget-me-nots star the new grass among dandelions. So many springtime traditions come to mind.

    Soon it will be April, a month of tremendous contrasts in history, legend and tradition.

  • Kingston Mayor Troy Beets was recently elected secretary of the East Tennessee Development District and East Tennessee Human Resource Agency board of directors.

    Beets was elected by unanimous consent of the board during the agency’s annual business meetings and luncheon earlier this month in Knoxville.

    He and the other newly elected officers will assume their positions effective July 1.

    Campbell County Mayor William Baird was elected board chairman.

  • The YWCA is seeking nominations of women in Roane County for its annual YWCA Tribute to Women event.

    Nomination forms are available online at www.ywcaknox.com.

    All nominations must be postmarked, emailed, or hand delivered by 11 p.m. on April 2.

    The nominee, who must live, work or be active in Roane or eight other East Tennessee counties, must sign the nomination, verifying that all information is true and accurate.

  • The Chief of Chaplains of the U.S. Army has selected Col. Michael D. Charles as XVIII Airborne Corps Chaplain of the Army.

    Charles, son of Flo Charles of Kingston and the late Clarence G. Charles, was selected from a field of 100 other Army Chaplains for the position.

    The “Change of Stole” will take place on June 8 at Fort Bragg, N.C., where Charles begins his new position.

  • 25 Years Ago
    Roane County Commissioners voted unanimously to transfer the land commonly known as the Old Roane County Airport, or the Palm Beach site, from the county to Roane State Community College. The land is a prime site for construction of the college’s livestock pavilion/exposition center.

    10 Years Ago

  • By Ellen Probert Williamson
    According to census reports, several million Americans are of Irish descent. But every year in March we all, whatever our own ethnic heritage may be, become enthusiastically Irish. Everything flaunts the color green, and shamrocks become the flower of the month.

    St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland. Legend has it that the good saint used the trifoliate leaves of the shamrock to illustrate his sermons about the Trinity.

  • Jimmy and Lisa Crabtree of Rockwood announce the forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Elizabeth Nicole Crabtree, to Robbie Scott McConkey.

    He is the son of Gary McConkey and Marsha Hoskins of Knoxville.

    The ceremony will be at 1 p.m. March 24 in North Rockwood Baptist Church.

    The bride-elect is an optician with Eye Center of Oak Ridge.

    The prospective groom is a lab technician with Tetra Recycling in Knoxville.

  • Peyton Crawford Witter celebrated his fifth birthday Feb. 25 with a Star Wars Lego cake and a glow-bowling party.

    He is the son of Jacob and Melissa Witter of Rockwood.

    Grandparents are Molly and Jim Crawford of Napoleon, Ohio, and Debbie Witter of Leesburg, Fla.