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Today's Features

  • Gas prices fell for the eighth consecutive day Sunday, AAA reported earlier this week.

    “The price of oil has not seen dramatic increases in the past couple of weeks and motorists are reaping the benefits,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA-The Auto Club Group.

    “Gas prices are at their lowest level this time of year since 2009, which will entice people to take a road trip this spring.”

    The national average price for a gallon of gasoline is nearly 3 cents cheaper than a week ago, but 18 cents more expensive than last month.

  • Warm destinations offering fun-filled activities for families will experience the largest influx of travelers this spring season.

    Florida has three of the top 10 most popular city destinations, including Orlando at No. 1.

    Sunny beach destinations in California and South Carolina also rank high on the list, followed by ever-popular vacation destinations Washington, D.C., New York City, Seattle and San Francisco.

  • Mr. and Mrs. Terry Stansbury of Kingston announce the forthcoming marriage of their son, Jesse Lynn Stansbury, to Maranda Nicole Fuson of LaFollette.

    The ceremony will be later this month in LaFollette Church of Christ, where the couple will be at home afterward. A reception will follow at the church. Call Pamela Stansbury at 376-4652 for time, date and other details.

    The prospective groom is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Lee Stansbury Jr. of Kingston, Gean Taylor of Lady Lake, Fla., and the late William Hudson Brown.

  • Roane and Morgan County Health Department District has earned Interest Level Recognition in the annual Excellence in Tennessee recognition program administered by the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence.

    TNCPE is Tennessee’s only statewide quality program and is patterned on the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, the national standard for recognizing performance excellence through innovation, improvement and visionary leadership.

    Roane and Morgan County Health Department District accepted the award at the 22nd

  • Due to illness, Pastor Jesse and sister Elfredia Williams were absent from church last Sunday.

    Pastor Willie Gallaher and Minister Allen Hickman were on their post.

    Minister Hickman delivered the message.

    His Bible text came from 1 Samuel 7:1-12.

    Sermon subject was God the Everlasting Rock.

    This was a great message. The celebration choir provided the music.

    Jeff Harris and his daughters from Nashville were recent guests of his mother, Julia Harris, and sister, Alicia.

  • In celebration of the National Park Service’s centennial next year, the Obed Wild and Scenic River is planning monthly healthy hikes.

    Healthy hikes are ranger-led activities that provide visitors with opportunities to improve their health and learn more about their national parks.

    Participants for this month’s healthy hike should meet at 3 p.m. in the Lilly Overlook parking area on March 21.

    Ranger Chance Hall will lead a half-mile hike out the Boulder Field Trail.

  • Preschool aquatics and swimming lessons for all ages are planned in Oak Ridge.

    Classes begin March 21, March 24 and March 26.

    There are 8 classes, each 30 minutes.

    The fee is $65, with an additional $10 nonresident fee for those who live outside Oak Ridge.

    Enrollment is limited. Registration is available at the Oak Ridge Civic Center front desk, with payment due at the time of registration; cash and checks are accepted.

  • By JUSTIN THOMAS • For Roane Newspapers

    It’s Tennessee Extension Month, and it’s interesting to note how far the program has come since its beginnings a century ago.

    University of Tennessee Extension Agriculture programs date back to 1914, with the first agriculture agent being James L. Herron.

    Things were different in those days, with Mr. Herron reporting 1,400 miles traveled by railroad.

    The phone didn’t ring as often, either, with only 192 calls reported for the year.

  • Amedisys Hospice will conduct a two-day hospice volunteer training in Rockwood next week.

    The training sessions for ages 16 and older will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 17 and 19 in Rockwood Community Center.

    Lunch will be provided both days.

    “Hospice volunteers do not provide medical care,” said Martha Dodge, Amedisys volunteer coordinator.

    “Younger folks can make cards, room decorations and other things to brighten the day of those with terminal diseases and those caring for them.”

  • Mid-East Community Action Agency will have its quarterly distribution of USDA commodity foods later this month.

    The distribution will be in Harriman Church of God at 3106 Roane State Hwy., Midtown.

    Harriman and Kingston residents will pick up their foods from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 26.

    The food pick up for Oliver Springs and Rockwood residents will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 27.

    Commodity food recipients should be certified before March 13.

    Those receiving the foods are advised to bring a bag in which to carry the food.