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Today's Features

  • 25 Years Ago
    Property tax bills were about a month and a half late in being mailed out due to Roane County’s reappraisal process. An estimated $200,000 that would normally have been deposited was yet to be collected. To keep the county from operating in a deficit, $300,000 was transferred from the general-purpose fund on a tax anticipation note, to be repaid with interest.

    10 Years Ago

  • For the first two weekends in December, Santa Claus will leave his sleigh in the garage and climb aboard the Secret City Scenic Excursion Train.

    St. Nick be on board the train Dec. 3-4 and Dec. 10-11.

    He's sure to delight children of all ages as he makes his way through the train passing out gift bags and making himself available for pictures with children.

    The volunteers of Southern Appalachia Railway Museum will have the train all decked out in holiday style to add to the excitement of the trips and the season.

  • Shawn Alexander Burney of Harriman celebrated his second birthday on Nov. 18 with a Mickey-Mouse-themed party.

    He is the son of Scott and Melissa Burney of Harriman.

    Grandparents are Linda Utley Banks of Harriman, and Troy and Annette Burney of Oliver Springs.

    Great-grandparents are the late Melvin and Lola Utley, Junior and Sarah Burney, and O.T. and Etoy McDaniels.

    Shawn has an older brother, Brayden.

  • Alyson Kate Wheeler turned 8 years old on Nov. 6.

    She celebrated with a Monster-High-themed party at Roane County Skating Center with friends and relatives.

    She is the daughter of Richard and Carla Wheeler of Kingston.

    Grandparents are R.L. Lawson and the late Shirley Lawson, and Richard and Elizabeth Wheeler, all of Harriman.

    Alyson has an 11-year-old brother, Noah.

  • Braxton Olivia Fritz celebrated her sixth birthday Oct. 11.

    She celebrated at Premier Athletics in Farragut with family and friends.

    She is the daughter of Matt and Angie Thomas Fritz of Kingston.

    Grandparents are Jim and Becky Moates Thomas of Kingston and Ernest and Cynthia Fritz of Harrison.

    Great-grandmothers are Betty Pratt of Urbana, Ohio, and Madeline Moates of Rockwood.

  • 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.