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Today's Features

  • Charlie Morgan Murrell will celebrate his second birthday on May 13.

    He will celebrate with a party with his family.

    He is the son of Chris and Whitney Murrell of Medina, Ohio.

    Grandparents are Homer Julian Jr. of Rockwood and the late Carol Julian, and Gene and Ginny Murrell of Spring City.

    Great-grandparents are Ruby Julian of Harri-
    man and the late Homer Julian Sr., and the late
    Del and Pauline Mar-shall.

  • Hayden Andrew Taylor celebrated his fifth birthday on April 7.

    He celebrated on April 9 with a Batman party with relatives and friends.

    He is the son of Amber Taylor of Kingston and Adam Cox of Rockwood.

    Grandparents are Mike and Pam Taylor of Harriman and Lee Taylor of Rockwood.

    Great-grandparents are Mary and Paul Bennett of Kingston, Pete and Ellen Williams of Harriman, David and Lila Taylor of Spring City, and the late Leon Moore.

  • Babies born at Methodist Medical Center, Oak Ridge, to Roane County parents:

    March 24 — Jessica Braden and Rocky Arwood, Oliver Springs. A girl, Jaina Serenity, 5 pounds, 10 ounces. Sibling: Daniel Lance. Grandparents: Karen and Scott Braden; Rhonda and Donnie Arwood.

    March 29 — Tabitha Oran and Hezikiah Wilcox, Harriman. A boy, Jaylon LeKeith, 7 pounds, 7 ounces. Grandparents: Selina Oran; Dale Oran; Anna Simmons; Cleo Wilcox.

  • Divorces granted Feb. 16-March 31 at the Roane County Courthouse:

    Walter Albert Pounds vs. Nicola Fayre Pounds

    Danny Joe Robinson vs. Violet Beatrice Breden

    Stacie Michelle (Pressley) Fugate vs. Robert Samual Fugate

    Sherry L. (Burnette) Matheson vs. Clifton David Matheson

    Bryan D. Adams vs. Rachelle Lorraine Adams

    Robin Renee Alcorn vs. Bradley Travis Alcorn

    Joseph Joel Jones vs. Amber Dawn Bush Jones

  • Marriage licenses granted at the Roane County Courthouse in April:

    James Albert Grubb to Carmen Roselle Cowans West

    Jake Kody Decker to Cadie Joy Ammon

    John Edward Stephens IV to Jacqui Leanne Freels Doughty

    Joseph Henry Watson III to Anale Dakota Thornton

    Drew Graham Dismukes to Sierra Amber Metzger

    James Samuel Hoover Jr. to Linda S. Sinclair Hellmann

    John David Allen to Tiffany Nichole Williams

  • The annual Tennessee Polk Salad Festival and Pageant will kick into high gear at 10 a.m. May 14 with opening ceremonies at the gazebo in Harriman Riverfront Park.

    Tommy Hardin will open the event with music, and Autumn McCarroll will sing the national anthem.

    The country-fair-themed event will continue until 6 p.m. at the park and during the Cruisin’ in downtown Harriman.

    Parking, admission and all entertainment are free.

  • Municipal elections are less than a month away, and two upcoming forums are planned to introduce voters to candidates and help them make an informed decision in the voting booth.

    The city of Kingston will have its forum at 6:30 p.m. May 12 in Kingston Community Center.

    Residents will have an opportunity to meet Kingston City Council candidates on the ballot for the June 7 election.

    Three council seats are open. Candidates include incumbent Norm Sugarman, Tony Brown, John Byrkit and Brenda Timm.

  • Jon Loden, left, owner of Loden’s Auto Body Center in Kingston, makes a $1,000 donation to help kick off the annual Shrine Paper Sale fund drive for Shriners Hospitals for Children.

    Roy Ford accepts the donation from Loden, who began his annual donation more than 30 years ago.

    The paper sale will be May 9-16.

    Several children from Roane and Morgan counties have been helped by the Shriners Hospitals.

  • Several hundred dancers from Roane and 15 area counties will perform during this year’s Arts in Motion spring dance concert.

    Three performances by students of the Kingston and Rockwood studios of dance and choreography are planned next weekend in Roane State Community College’s O’Brien Theater.

    Performances will begin at 7 p.m. May 13-14 and at 2 p.m. May 15.

    Dancers range from age 3 to adult with beginning to professional experience.

  • Members of Rockwood First Presbyterian Church are gearing up to celebrate the church’s 140th anniversary.

    The anniversary of the city’s oldest-established church was officially in April, but the congregation is planing a formal homecoming celebration this summer to mark the church’s years of service to Jesus Christ.

    The church began shortly after the founding of Rockwood in 1867 when E. Riggs Forsythe, a Presbyterian layman, took it upon himself to organize a union Sunday school.