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Today's Features

  • Those planning to attend this weekend’s performances of “The Nutcracker” are urged by staff and students of Arts in Motion  studios to open their hearts to help the county’s homeless pets.

    Members of the audience are asked to donate pet food prior to each performance in the O’Brien Theater of Roane State Community College’s main campus.

    Performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. Dec. 2-3 and at 2 p.m. Dec. 4. A school performance will start at 10 a.m. Dec. 1.

  • It’s may be his busiest time of the year, but Santa Claus is taking a break from the North Pole hustle and bustle to visit with all the boys and girls in Roane County on Friday.

    He’s joining his friends at Rockwood 2000 for a free family event beginning at 7 p.m. at Rockwood Homecoming Park.

    Photo opportunities will be available; the public is encouraged to bring along cameras for this special event, which is part of the annual tree-lighting celebration that ushers in the holiday season in Rockwood.

  • Volunteers, participants and cancer survivors launched fundraising efforts recently during a rally to kick off the 2012 American Cancer Society Relay for Life in Roane County.

    Roane Countians Steve and Linda Beason shared their experiences with the Hope Lodge in Nashville.

    Hope Lodge is a program funded by the money raised at Relay for Life. It offers free lodging to cancer patients and a caregiver while the patient is undergoing treatment.

  • Two Roane County artists will have their works shown during the Arts & Culture Alliance’s National Juried Exhibition of 2011.

    Katie Wood of Harriman and T.P. Dunn of Kingston are among the 38 artists in the Southeast and Midwest whose works are included in the new exhibition featuring both traditional and non-traditional work.

    The exhibition will be displayed from Dec. 2-Jan. 27, 2012, in the Emporium Center at 100 S. Gay St., downtown Knoxville.

  • Caris Healthcare is seeking volunteers to provide companionship to hospice patients.

    No experience is necessary.

    Free training, tuberculosis test and hepatitis B vaccine will be provided.

    Contact the Caris Healthcare volunteer coordinator at 1475 Simpson Road West, Lenoir City, TN 37771; 865-988-8034; or cmcdaniel@carishealthcare.com.

  • 25 Years Ago
    Established and newcomer in Rockwood: Evans Mortuary celebrated its 10th anniversary with an open house where visitors were taken on a tour of the facility and treated to refreshments. Further south on Gateway Avenue, plans were finalized for the construction of a new Hardee’s restaurant.

    10 Years Ago

  • By Ellen Probert Williamson
    The hanging of the greens in churches at the beginning of Advent began with the ancient Roman festival of Kalends, when green branches were given to friends for good luck and to bring blessings on the household.

    The bringing of evergreens into the house was thought to help woodland spirits who might be clinging to the branches. They would be warmed, sheltered and add to the festivity of the season.

  • Jay Searcy, author of the “The Last Reunion,” grew up in Oak Ridge, the secret headquarters for the Manhattan Project in World War II.

    He was one of 11,000 children from all over America who were thrown together during the war while their parents worked secretly around the clock.

    Many did not know that they were creating the most devastating weapon in history and ushering in the Atomic Age.

    Today those children are in their mid-70s, the last living generation to have witnessed the Oak Ridge miracle.

  • By Ellen Probert Williamson
    As we come to the end of November, we are face to face with some important celebrations: Thanksgiving, the day of St. Andrew, the national emblem of Scotland, and the beginning of Advent in the Christian faith that leads up to Christmas.

    It is common knowledge that Thanksgiving began in New England as the Pilgrims’ celebration of gratitude for being alive and prospering after their first year of deprivation in the New World.

  • United Methodist Church Holston Conference Bishop James Swanson will be the guest speaker on Dec. 4 at Swan Pond United Methodist Church, Harriman.

    The worship service will begin at 10 a.m.

    “Swan Pond Methodist Church is excited about Bishop Swanson’s visit as the church continues its 185th  anniversary celebration this year,” church member Mike Hill said.