Today's Features

  • Tony and Oneda Whalen of Harriman will be honored this weekend at a reception celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.

    The event will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 2 in South Harriman Baptist Church’s family life center. All friends and relatives are invited to attend. The couple requests no gifts.

    The Whalens graduated from South Harriman High School, where they were high school sweethearts. They married Dec. 29, 1962, in Childs Memorial Baptist Church, Harriman.

  • A free concert in Harriman’s Princess Theater today, Nov. 30, aims to put people in the Christmas spirit.

    The concert, which starts at 7 p.m., will be given by a gospel homecoming choir from many churches in Roane and Morgan counties.

    A love offering will be accepted to support Hands of Mercy in Kingston and Storehouse Ministries of Wartburg.

  • Thanksgiving was fun. Its traditions, family gatherings, predictable menus and festive atmosphere are precious and a fitting introduction to several weeks of joyful anticipation and celebration.

    Christmas decorations are going up everywhere we look, and Christmas plants and flowers are making their appearance in stores, churches, public buildings and our houses.

    Tradition plays a large part here, too.

    Poinsettias, without which it would seem no holiday décor would be complete, are perhaps the most obvious.

  • Beautiful costumes, breathtaking scenery and a mostly Roane County cast performing to a Tchaikovsky soundtrack in Arts in Motion’s 2012 presentation of Roane County’s “The Nutcracker.”

    Performances in the O’Brien Theater on Roane State Community College’s main campus are scheduled for 7 p.m. Nov. 30-Dec. 1 and at 2 p.m. Dec. 2.

    School performances will start at 9:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Nov. 29.

    Tickets are $18 per person and are available at the door or by reservation by calling 376-0295.

  • 25 Years Ago
    Dr. Robert Booher, a specialist in addictionology at Mountain View Recovery Center in Maryville, presented the Roane County Task Force Against Drug Abuse with the newest research data. “Chemical dependency, in the form of alcoholism or as an addiction to any other type of mood-altering drug, is a primary medical disease,” he said. Once the addict and his family understand the disease concept, hope can be regained; treatment can be sought; and recovery can begin.

    10 Years Ago

  • Addie “Mac” Robbins will celebrate her 100th birthday this weekend.

    She will be honored with a party from 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 1 in Bethel Presbyterian Church fellowship hall at 203 S. Kentucky St., Kingston.

    All relatives and friends are invited to attend.

    No gifts are requested, but she loves cards.

  • There’s a curvy shaded lane that leads to the entry of the subdivision where I live.

    Two brindle cur dogs have prowled a particular curve where I must slow down to safely drive through.

    For two years these mutts have crouched in the ditch, camouflaged by their colors, ears laid back and eyes just above the ditch line.

    When they think I have exposed my flank, they attack the cars wheels, snapping and snarling as though to tear them apart.

  • Free tutoring in basic math and algebra is being offered at the Kingston Community Center on Tuesday afternoons at 2 beginning immediately.

    Experienced tutor John Shacter is taking anyone who is interested in learning and is in the fourth grade or higher.

    Anyone needing help should come by or call Jo Ann Knies at the community center, or talk to  Shacter at 719-0336.



  • Mr. and Mrs. Floyd C. Owings of Rockwood will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this weekend.

    Owings and the former Mable Stage were married Dec. 1, 1962, in the parsonage of Kingston’s Four Square Gospel Church, with Marie Broady officiating.

    Son of the late Gus and Bessie Herrell Owings, he is  retired from Lockheed Martin in Oak Ridge and is presently employed with Jerry Duncan Ford in Harriman.

  • Rockwood 2000 installed more than 400 engraved paver bricks for area veterans in the city's Homecoming Park at West Rockwood Street and Front Avenue.

    Its popularity has prompted the organization to again offer area veterans a discount on 8-by-8-inch paver bricks for Memory Lane, Rockwood 2000's ongoing project.

    This is a wonderful way to remember and recognize your loved ones who have served or are now serving in the armed forces," said project Chairman Maurice Greif.