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Today's Features

  • By Ellen Probert Williamson
    Salt is the only rock we eat. It has seasoned our foods for thousands of years and been used in many other ways. It is mentioned in many places in the Bible, and is, as it has always been, a necessary part of our lives.

    Salt has many powers. The interplay of salt and water is essential to life itself, and a proper salt balance is vital to our well being.

  • The Roane County Tea Party has invited U.S. presidential hopeful Herman Cain to make Roane County a stop along his campaign trail on Oct. 15.  

    The visit is a luncheon stop at Roane State Community College Student Lounge and is sponsored by the Roane County Tea Party as part of their ongoing voter education effort.

    Former police officer and current Roane County Tea Party Co-Chairman Gary Johnston will ride the Cain bus for a few days to assist with logistics and security during some Tennessee stops.

  • Roane County Republican Women will have their annual picnic at 6 p.m. Sept. 22 at Roane County Park.

    Cost is $5 per person.

    State Rep. Julia Hurley, R-Lenoir City, is the featured speaker.

    Call Barbara Sanders at 376-7105 for more information.

  • Preschoolers at The Henry Center recently celebrated a Royal Gala in honor of the tiny princes and princesses the center serves.

    The gala was a kickoff to what is hoped to be an exciting year of adventures for the 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds.

    The day began with a royal parade, followed by songs, dance, fun, games and special “palace portions” of  juice, fruit and treats.

  • 25 Years Ago
    Center’s Ferry in Kingston was put out of commission indefinitely. Wear and tear caused the engine to blow up. The decision to ground the ferry weighed on several factors, including a bridge under construction, the high cost of engine repair and the length of time needed for repairs.

    10 Years Ago

  • Kathy L. Rider and Clifton David Matheson announce their forthcoming marriage.

    The ceremony will be at 5 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Matheson home. A reception will follow.

    Invitations will be sent to individuals to join the couple on their special day.

    The bride elect is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Rider of Fruithurst, Ala.

  • More than 15 churches in Roane and Anderson counties are having monthly youth rallies with an average attendance of more than 250 youths.

    The nondenominational youth rallies began in June and include music from praise and worship bands, addresses by pastors and youth pastors and, according to Travis Harmon, youth pastor at Harriman’s Big Emory Baptist Church, “some of the most intense group building games our area has seen.”

  • Roane County United Way will kick off its 2011-12 campaign on Sept. 20 with a free hot dog lunch at Kingston City Park.

    A goal of $400,000 has been set for the 2011-12 “Make a Difference — Live United” campaign.

    The luncheon will begin at 11:30 a.m.

    The program will start at about noon with featured speaker Alex A. “Bo” Shafer.

  • “Grow Your Own Groceries From Seed to Shelf” is the topic of the next free community workshop offered by the University of Tennessee Master Gardeners of Roane County.

    The Sept. 24 workshop will be led by  Roane County Extension Agent Grant Palmer,  Anderson County Extension Agent Heather Guinn and area Master Gardeners.