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Today's Features

  • By Josephine McKinney
    It has been a time of unpredictable weather. Plenty of showers, just cloudy Tuesday, then Wednesday a rainy day.

    We enjoyed having our family together recently: all four of our children, Steven and Bonnie of Rockwood, Joe and Kathleen of Chesapeake, Va., Nina and Randy Swafford, Carrie and Matt Dukes of Crossville, David and Wanda McKinney, Jeff and Sharon McCarroll of Lenoir City, for a covered-dish dinner. Also Alta Lewis, Dannise and Roger McKinney and son Roger of Harriman.

  • Explore the Antarctic environment and the working life of scientists on Earth’s coldest, highest, driest and windiest continent in a special exhibition, “Antarctica: Where Science Is Cool,” on display until March 11 at the American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge.

    Museum visitors can try on cold weather Antarctic gear, view photographs, maps and graphs, use a computer interface and visit with a museum staff member who has worked on the southernmost continent.

  • Beech Park Baptist Church in Oliver Springs will honor its pastor and his family at 6 p.m. Jan. 15.

    The Rev. Robbie Leach has served as senior pastor for the last 10 years.

    The celebration is open to church members, friends and the community.

    A reception will follow after a time of acknowledgment and appreciation in the sanctuary.

  • 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.