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Today's Features

  • U.S. Army Pvt. Christopher A. Washam recently graduated from basic combat training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla.

    Son of James and Lisa Washam of Kingston, he is a 2008 graduate of Roane County High School.

    During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission and received instruction and training exercises in drill and ceremonies, Army history, core values and traditions.

  • 25 Years Ago
    The unemployment rate in Roane County dipped 0.5 percent in April to 7.2 percent. The state’s estimated jobless rate also dropped 0.5 percent to 7.8 percent, the lowest April rate since 1980.

    10 Years Ago

  • By Ellen Probert Williamson
    Vegetable gardens can be exciting to watch and tend while we look forward to future edible products as the great reward.

    They can be even more interesting when you consider the history of some of our everyday foods. Take eggplants, for instance.

    The people of the eastern Mediterranean regions eat lots of vegetables. They are especially fond of the so-called “fruit vegetables” — eggplant, zucchini and cucumbers.

  • Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. “Moon” Mullins are celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary today, June 22.

    Mullins of Little Emory and the former Mary Turner of Harriman were married on June 22, 1946, in Rossville, Ga., with the Rev. Herman Bowman officiating and family in attendance.

    They have three daughters, six grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren. A 15th great-grandchild is due.

  • Brayden Burney celebrated his third birthday June 9 with a Thomas-and-Friends-themed party.

    He is the son of Scott and Melissa Burney, Rockwood.

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

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

    Brayden has a younger brother, Shawn.

  • A new smart phone application from TVA provides real time information about TVA lakes.   
    The app, initially available to iPhone users, offers lake elevations, water release schedules, yearly operating guides and Google-based maps.
    Available for free at the iPhone App Store, the app gives lake enthusiasts access to TVA reservoir information from anywhere using Wi-Fi or the user’s cellular network. The app will also work on the iPod Touch and the iPad.

  • Workers at the Rockwood Post Office participated in the National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger food drive last month to collect 4,000 food items for the Rockwood Ministerial Association’s food pantry.

    They include, front row from left, Lesa Pelfrey, Ann Whitfield, Michelle Berrier, Kim Thompson; middle row, Tracy Mioduski, Debbie Hamby; and back row, Frank Stroh, Skip Edwards and Carey Spencer.

    This was the 19th year of the nationwide campaign.

  • Amateur radio operators in Roane County will join “hams” from all across the country in a public demonstration of emergency communications during National Amateur Radio Field Day.

    The special weekend of events will be on June 25-26 at Fort Southwest Point, Kingston. The 24-hour demonstration will be from 2 p.m. Saturday until 2 p.m. Sunday.

    This annual Field Day event is the climax of American Radio Relay League’s Amateur Radio Week.

  • By Ellen Probert Williamson
    Summer gardens are so often a blaze of color — even at the very beginning of summer, when everything seems to come to flower at once — that the lovely big towering stalks of yucca seem to strike a cooling note with their white cascades of blossom.

    Yuccas have many aliases derived from the various countries where they may be found. These include Spanish bayonet, desert candle, Adam’s needle, manihot and Cassavasor manioc.

  • 25 Years Ago
    Kingston’s Don Colyer and Earl “Lucky” Leasure   built an exact replica of the old Roane County Courthouse as it would have looked in the 1850s. The half-inch scale model was something Colyer wanted people to remember the old courthouse by. Funded by the Roane County Heritage Commission, it took over a year to complete.

    10 Years Ago