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Today's Features

  • Sarah Rae Strunk and Nickolas Paul Easter were married on Oct. 22 in a candlelight ceremony at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Abingdon, Va.

    The Rev. Ray Jones Jr., pastor emeritus of Wise Baptist Church in Wise, Va., officiated during the double-ring ceremony.

  • Bryan Jewhurst of Kingston was elected senior warden for the newly established mission committee at St. Anthony’s Anglican Church, Crab Orchard.

    The election of the church’s governing body was on Nov. 13, shortly after St. Anthony’s was officially received as a mission of the Anglican Province of America.

    Bishop Walter Grundorf presided over the receiving during his recent annual visit to Holy Cross Anglican Church in Farragut, the sponsoring parish. He also received 10 members of St. Anthony’s into the APA.  

  • Kingston’s Fort Southwest Point will celebrate the sights, sounds and flavors
    of the past during its annu-al Christmas candlelight tour and reception on Dec. 13.

    Fort volunteers will dish up hospitality and history during the tour, from 6 to 9 p.m.

    Admission is free; donations will be accepted to assist in the rebuilding program now in progress.

  • Harriman’s 23rd annual Merry TubaChristmas Concert is planned for Dec. 3 in Harriman High School.

    The concert starts at 11 a.m. Admission is free.

    Babahatchie Community Band organizes the event, which features a melodious-sounding tuba/euphonium choir under the direction of Sande MacMorran.

    Tuba/sousaphone and euphonium/baritone players of all degrees of ability are welcome to participate in this concert of carols and songs of Christmas.

  • Babahatchie Community Band wants to help Roane County ring in the holiday season with a free concert at 2 p.m. Nov. 20 in the James M. Williamson Auditorium of Harriman High School.

    The concert will have a few Christmas favorites and a couple of new things, promised Alison Westrich, Babahatchie spokeswoman.

  • Merry TubaChristmas is celebrating its 38th anniversary. Created by Harvey Phillips, Merry Tuba Christmas 2011 concerts will be presented in more than 250 cities throughout the United States and in several foreign countries.
    Phillips was inspired to create Tuba Christmas as an annual event honoring his teacher, the late tubist William J. Bell, who was born on Christmas Day in 1902.  
    Every Christmas season, tuba and euphonium players of all ages gather to pay respects to Bell and all the great artists and teachers who represent their heritage.  

  • By Ellen Probert Williamson
    One of the oldest living species of plants in the world is the gingko tree, which has flourished unchanged for nearly 200 million years, when dinosaurs roamed the Earth during the Mezozoic period. For this reason it is often referred to as a living fossil.

    Botanists researching the ancient evolution of plants through their fossil remains have discovered gingko trees were to be found in many parts of the world in prehistoric
    times.

  • The East Tennessee Regional Leadership Association is touring Roane County today, Nov. 16, as its final class of the 2011 season.

    Environment is the topic of the tour to be led by Tony LaMance, the Roane County ETRLA representative.

    “I want folks experience the awesome beauty not only in the natural surroundings, but our people who make it such a wonderful place to be,” LaMance said of his plans for the tour.

  • 25 Years Ago
    A drug awareness seminar in Kingston gave the community an opportunity to discover and discuss new ideas about chemical dependency. Education was the seminar’s central focus. “Chemical dependency has always been with us and will always be with us,” said Bill Hood, director of the Adult Chemical Dependency Program at Peninsula Hospital. “The best way we can combat this problem is through education.”

    10 Years Ago

  • Members of Kingston Chapter 405 Order of the Eastern Star recently presented Mary Lou Bradford, seated at right, with a white Bible in honor of her many years of service to the chapter.

    She is the chapter’s only living charter member, and the presentation was made on her 100th birthday, Oct. 24.

    Fellow members honoring Bradford are, front row, Roxie Walker; and back row from left, Gene Walker, Polly Burnette, Ann Branam, Imogene Hodge and Jerry Brackett.