Today's Features

    • Senior exercise, 9 a.m. in Kellytown Baptist Church recreation center, Oliver Springs. Details: 354-0450, Ext. 228.
    • Senior pinochle, noon in Kingston Community Center. Details: 354-0450, Ext. 228.
    • Take Off Pounds Sensibly (a nonprofit weight-loss support group), Kingston Community Center room B. Weigh-in is at 11:45 a.m., meeting starts at noon. Details: 376-1356.
    • Alcoholics Anonymous, noon in Harriman American Legion Hall, 624 Morgan Ave.  Details: 230-4500.

    • Bradbury United Methodist Church, Kingston, will have an Easter egg hunt beginning at 11 a.m. Those participating are asked to bring a dozen eggs, if possible, either plastic or real. Lunch will be served afterward. The church is at 3506 Buttermilk Road West.


  • Rockwood Public Library is finalizing plans for its annual book sale.

    The book sale will be from April 12-May 3 in the library at 117 N. Front Ave.

    The sale will take place during normal library hours.

    Rockwood Public Library is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

    The library has extended hours from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.

    Call the library at 354-1281 for more information.

  • Randy Rollins has been promoted to the rank of master sergeant in the U.S. Air Force.

    Rollins, son of Pleas and Diana Rollins of Rockwood, is a 1999 graduate of Rockwood High School.

    He is presently serving as senior controller with 436th Maintenance Squadron, Dover Air Force Base, Del.

    He has served in the military for 14 years.

    Rollins is the husband of Kathy Rollins of Wyoming, Del.

  • Last Sunday, St. Mary’s Baptist Church was guest to Lanes Chapel AME Zion Church in Niota to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the church’s pastor and his wife. They are the Rev. J.D. and Alice Howell.

    The Rev. Jesse Williams delivered the message and the celebration choir provided the music.

    This was a great service. Congratulations to Pastor and Mrs. J.D. Howell, and God bless you always.

    Our deepest sympathy is extended to the family of Eugene Williams, who recently passed away.

  • Medic Regional Blood Center is once again trying to sweeten the pot to attract donors to various blood drive locations.

    Donors who give blood between April 1-May 1 will automatically be entered to win a trip for two to Memphis in May’s World Championship BBQ Cook-Off.

    “This will be the fourth year we’ve giving this trip away to one lucky donor, and we always receive great feedback from the winners,” said Christi Fightmaster of Medic public relations.

  • Rockwood’s annual Thunder Road Festival and Car Show on April 5 promises to include fun for the entire family.

    The festival, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Rockwood, will boast exhibits, concessions, classic cars competing for awards, crafters and live entertainment.

    The Southern Star Band is one of this year’s headliners. The band has a repertoire that spans seven decades and encompasses many styles of music, including classic rock, oldies, Motown and country.

    The band’s extensive playlist has made it a real crowd pleaser.

  • The Treasury Inspector General for Taxpayer Administration is issuing a warning to taxpayers to beware of phone calls from individuals claiming to represent the Internal Revenue Service in an effort to defraud them.

    “This is the largest scam of its kind that we have ever seen,” said J. Russell George, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.

  • We are enjoying the emotional lift which comes with seeing the lavish displays of golden daffodils in our gardens all through Roane County.

    Called “yaller lilies” by some country people, daffodils are a sure sign that real summer is just around the corner.

    Like lilacs (which are really syringas), daffodils are the same thing as narcissus and jonquils and, furthermore, they are all members of the amaryllis family.

    There are as many varieties of daffodils as there are of lilacs.