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Today's Features

  • 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.

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

    Alexander Earle Garvey to Haley Nicole Moore

    Kristopher Dean Carroll to Lora Ashley Rowland

    Sean Cornelius Douglas to Peyton LeRae Jones

    Chase James Guinn to Laura Paulus

    Richard Presley Gallaher Jr. to Joyce Ann Fickey

    Anthony Scott Whitlock to Angela Renee Foland

    Brandon Lawrence Grant to Amy Nicole Lewis Jones

    Sammy Lynn Johnson to LaTonya Lynn Walden

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

    Oct. 20 — Heather Butler and Andrew Leach, Kingston. A boy, Kole Anderson, 7 pounds, 14 ounces. Sibling: Mackenzie. Grandparents: Steve and Cindy Henry; Thomas and Julie Branson.

    Oct. 21 — LaTosha and Rex Jackson, Oliver Springs. A girl, Joliann Raylen, 7 pounds, 6 ounces. Siblings: Kaylee and Brooke. Grandparents: Michael and Teresa Adcock; Jeff and Jan Jackson; Rexanne and Byron Dell.

  • Divorces granted July 7-Aug. 31 at the Roane County Courthouse:

    John Edward Farmer vs. Jennie Charlene (Luffman) Farmer

    Cynthia Ann Newport Mel-ton vs. Ronald Edward Melton

    Jeremy Randall Cagle vs. Kristina Rachelle Cagle

    Katherine Elizabeth (Manis) Bishop vs. Charles Shaun Bishop

    Chester R. Edwards vs. Kimberly A. Edwards

    Latisha Dawnise Roberts vs. Aaron James Beeler

    Tonia Marea Morris vs. Keith Allen Morris Sr.

  • Gene and Gretchen Standridge celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Nov. 12.

    They were married on Nov. 12, 1961, at Midway Church of God, Ten Mile.

    He is a retired building contractor, and she is a retired school bus driver. They are active members of Luminary United Methodist Church and enjoy attending University of Tennessee Lady Volunteers basketball games.

    The couple has two children, Pam and Mona; three grandchildren, Candi, Amanda and John Mark; and two great-grandchildren, Corbin and Alexsys.

  • Southern Appalachia Railway Museum has an answer for what to do after celebrating the old-time tradition of Thanksgiving:  

    Celebrate the old-time tradition of 1940s-era rail travel.

    The museum will roll out its Secret City Scenic Excursion Train on Nov. 25-26 for one-hour rides through the Manhattan Project K-25 Site and picturesque Poplar Creek Valley of Roane County.

  • Mid-East Community Action Agency’s Office on Aging urges the public to include area senior citizens in their holiday giving this year.

    “As many of us have families to enjoy these festivities with, there are homebound elderly right here in our communities who are sitting in cold homes and isolated from the outside world,” said Amber Jacks, director of Mid-East’s Office on Aging.