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Today's Features

  • By Ellen Probert Williamson
    The beginning of Lent, Ash Wednesday, falls on Feb. 22 this year.

    Churches across the country observe this day with special services that  usually culminate with the marking of a cross with ashes on the foreheads of the faithful.

    The ashes used for these ceremonies of devotion are traditionally those resulting from the burning of palms left from the previous year’s Palm Sunday observance.

  • 25 Years Ago
    A harmless-looking hole appeared in the back parking lot of Rockwood High School. It was later determined to be about a 28-foot-deep drop that some joked “carries boats to the Lost Sea.” Water Department Superintendent Curtis Early was willing to bet the hole was an ore mine. “We’ve filled these up all over town,” he said.

    10 Years Ago

  • Anyone interested in Roane State Community College’s Advanced Materials Training and Education Center — a no-cost, high-tech training program for those who are unemployed or underemployed — is welcome to attend an upcoming informational meeting at the college’s Oak Ridge cam-pus.

    The meeting will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 28 in Room C-119 of the Oak Ridge campus at 701 Briarcliff Ave.

  • Members of the Kingston and Harriman Lions clubs, together with support from officers of District 12N of Lions Clubs International, are working together to offer support to a Rockwood girl fighting against a rare disease to maintain her eyesight.

    Emilie Gregg, 6, has been diagnosed with hypoplasminogenemia, an incurable blood disease.  

  • Madeline Lucille Hill Moates celebrated her 90th birthday on Jan. 9 with her family in Ruby Tuesday, Harriman.

    She was born Jan. 9, 1922, in Auburn, Maine.

    She and her husband of 56 years, the late James F. Moates, had four children. There are also nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

    Attending the birthday party were her daughter, Becky Thomas; her oldest son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Debbie Moates;

  • Dennis and Vickie Goad of Robbins announce the forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Amanda, to Seth Greene.

    He is the son of Doug and Cathy Greene of Kingston.

    A March ceremony is planned.

    The bride-elect’s grandparents are Loretta Hamby of Robbins and the late Tim Hamby, and the late Bessie Goad.

    A registered nurse with Parkwest Medical Center, Knoxville, she is a graduate of Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, and is pursuing a degree to become a nurse practitioner.

  • Ann Zelenik, executive director of the Tennessee Freedom Coalition, will be speaking at the Roane County Republican Women dinner at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 23 in Kingston Community Center.

    The public is welcome to attend; the cost of the soup dinner with dessert is $5. Zelenick’s presentation will start at 7 p.m.

  • The Uhuru Dancers will be featured performers at the International Festival on Feb. 18 at the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge.

    The dancers will lead participants to experience African culture in motion through African dance, drum and song.

    The hand-clapping, toe-tapping music, song and dance of cultures around the world will be on stage at the family-friendly event, with entertainment on stage throughout the day.

  • The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security Driver Services Division, including the office in Rockwood, is participating in special February promotions to raise public awareness about organ and tissue donation.

    “The Department of Safety and Homeland Security encourages Tennesseans to give the gift of life by joining the state’s organ and tissue donor registry while applying for or renewing a driver license,” said Tennessee Deputy Commissioner of Driver Services Lori Bullard.

  • By Ellen Probert Williamson, Columnist
    In a world preoccupied with wars, disasters and violence, it is hardly surprising that we are concerned with security and defense in our private lives and feel a kinship with our medieval ancestors who built fortified castles and forts and surround themselves with moats, palisades and armed defenders.

    This trend pervades so much of our present thinking that it is not surprising, and perhaps only to be expected, that even the garden comes into its share. Defensive gardening is a new thing.