Today's Features

  • The Music Department of Roane County Schools presented Roane County High School and Cherokee Middle School bands last Sunday, Dec. 9. The sixth-, seventh-, eighth-grades and high school bands were the best. This Christmas concert was well attended. A great number of people had to stand, because all stands were full. This was my first time attending. I was guest of my friends, Nora and Mark Hightower of Oliver Springs. Their daughter Molly, played drums in the high school band. They all were great.

  • For December we’ve had some nice weather.

    A few showers and a wind storm Friday night blew down big trees out in the western part of Tennessee.

    The temperatures dropped to below normal after being above normal for most of December.

    Visiting me on Wednesday were Nina Swafford from Fairfield Glade and Carrie Dukes, baby Ava Claire and Owen from Crossville.

    They didn’t stay long, as baby Claire was fretful.

  • Celebrate Recovery, a faith-based support group for those with hurts, habits and hang-ups, meets at 6 p.m. each Tuesday on the third floor of Kingston First Baptist Church.

    The next meeting will be on Dec. 18.

    Call either David Bell at 696-2284 or Hope Gibson at 250-6966 for details.

  • Roane County’s Shirley McCracken will sign copies of her historical novel, The Breastplate, this weekend.

    The book-signing event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Browder’s Ace Hardware in Kingston’s Ladd Landing.

    The novel, set during the Civil War, centers around an artifact McCracken’s husband found 40 years ago on their farm.

    The story centers around the war in Tennessee, particularly Kingston, and Kingston’s residents.

  • Oliver Springs’ Christmas in the City on Dec. 15 will kick off with a 3:30 p.m. opening ceremony at the Court of Flags on Hwy. 61.

    Lineup for the town’s annual Christmas parade starts at 4:45 p.m. at Arrowhead Park.

    The parade will start at 5:30 p.m. and proceed along Main Street.

    A turkey dinner and music starts at 6:30 p.m. in the Disabled American Veterans Building at 530 Kingston Ave.

    Tickets for the dinner are $10 each.

    Greg Johnson and Sharon Tarwater will provide music.

  • Babahatchie Community Band’s Christmas concert will offer some traditional holiday favorites in what will be a new venue for the Harriman-based ensemble.

    “We will be at the Princess Theater,” said Babahatchie spokeswoman Alison Westrich. “The band is very excited to be able to play at the Princess again.”

    The free concert gets under way at 3 p.m. Dec. 16.

    Refreshments will be served during intermission for this special performance, which is dedicated to Hal and Margaret Jones.

  • Tammy Mullins’ first-grade class at Ridge View Elementary School, Rockwood, took first-place honors in Rockwood 2000’s Christmas-tree-decorating contest.

    Seven trees displayed in downtown buildings were decorated by Ridge View students participating in the contest.

    “The participation was truly in the spirit of Christmas and so well done that it was very hard for the judges to choose winners,” said Sandy McIntosh of Rockwood 2000.

    The winning tree is on display in Rockwood Electric Utility.

  • Speights Chapel AME Zion Church, Rockwood, is making plans for its inaugural Davison, Inman and Hawkins Health Fair.

    The event, planned from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 19 in Rockwood Community Center at 710 N. Chamberlain Ave., will be in memory of Rob Davison, Deidre Inman and Mechelle Hawkins, said the Rev. Bea Thomas of Speights Chapel.

    She added that the health fair is planned for the benefit of families in the community.

  • No one knows for certain the date on which Jesus was born. For more than three centuries, “Christ-Mass” was a moveable feast.

    And, in many places, it was celebrated on Jan. 6, the Epiphany. That’s the day, according to the Biblical account, when Jesus was manifested to the Magi.

  • 25 Years Ago
    A new 150,000-square-foot shopping center was being built in Rockwood. The Valley Shopping Center, just north of Roane Memorial Gardens on Hwy. 27, would include Walmart, Ingles Food Store, a clothing store and various area shops. Rockwood Water, Wastewater and Natural Gas was approached about providing water, sewer and gas service to the facility.

    10 Years Ago