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Today's Features

  • 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.

  • Lions Club members all over the world are planting trees to signify to the public the presence of Lions in their communities while replacing trees lost by tornadoes, tsunamis and disasters.

    The goal is to plant more 1 million trees to represent one tree for each member of Lions Clubs International.

    The program has been a great success — more than 4.2 million trees have already been planted, and more are planted each day.

  • By Ellen Probert Williamson
    In January the Cree Indians say, “This is the time the world changes, the time when you can be transformed. You are the center fire. You are the flowering tree. The whole of a human’s life is watched by the thunder chiefs. You have a road within you, a turquoise road. Move your spirit on your turquoise road.”

  • Well-known gospel tenor Billy Hodges will sing this weekend in Shiloh Baptist Church.

    Hodges, formerly with the Kingdom Heirs, the Dixie Echoes and the Florida Boys, will sing beginning at 6 p.m. Jan. 8 in the church at 4242 Decatur Hwy.

    “I am excited about the opportunities that God has given me,” said Hodges, a native of rural West Tennessee who plans to present his solo act in select venues during 2012.

  • SATURDAY, JAN. 7
    • Bethel Presbyterian Church, Kingston, will have a tai chi class at 9 a.m. in the church at 203 S. Kentucky St. A photography club will meet at 10. Call 376-6340 or visit www.bethelpcusa.org for details.

    SUNDAY, JAN. 8
    • Billy Hodges will sing at 6 p.m. in Shiloh Baptist Church at 4242 Decatur Hwy., Kingston.

  • “The First Sunday After the Epiphany – The Baptism of our Lord” will be celebrated in a special way at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Harriman on Jan. 8.

    The Rev. Canon Stephen Askew, canon to the ordinary for the Episcopal Diocese of East Tennessee, will be the celebrant at the 10 a.m. Eucharist.

    Jan. 6 is the Feast of the Epiphany, is one of the oldest of the Christian feasts. It commemorates the Three Kings’ journey to Bethlehem with their gifts.  

  • Southern Appalachia Railway Museum will roll out its restored 88-year old Pullman dining car for its annual Valentine dinner trains.

    An assortment of four entrée choices await couples, who have  an opportunity to experience the romantic setting enjoyed by travelers during the golden age of rail travel in the 1930s and ’40s.

    The museum’s Secret City Scenic Excursion Train’s Valentine trips have become so popular that four departures are planned.

  • 25 Years Ago
    Roane County’s first baby of 1987 was Ronald Allen Webb Jr. He was born at 9:26 a.m. Jan. 2 at Chamberlain Memorial Hospital in Rockwood. Ronald is the son of Charlene and Ronald Allen Webb Sr. of Rockwood.

    10 Years Ago