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Today's Features

  • Last Sunday, July 13, members of St. Mary’s Missionary Baptist Church celebrated the 35 years of ministry of our pastor, the Rev. Jesse L. Williams Sr.

    Pastor Williams and his wife, Sister Elfredia Wiliams, are special people.

    Pastor Williams is not only our pastor, he is a great friend, teacher and counselor.

    The morning message was given by the Rev. Gerald Marshall from Dayton, Ohio, pastor of New Commandment Missionary Baptist Church. Music was by the Celebration Choir.

    Afterward, a delicious dinner was served.

  • Pigeon Forge entertainer Kenny Evans will give a benefit concert for Harriman Police Explorers Post 920 this weekend.

    The concert will be from 6 to 8 p.m. July 19 in Harriman’s Princess Theatre.

    Admission is $10 per person.

    Tickets are available at Rocky Top General Store, Harriman Jewelry Exchange or online at brownpapertickets.com.

    Evans is a studio musician and vocalist who has worked as the opening act for country superstars including Kenny Chesney, Charlie Daniels, Lonestar, Sara Evans, Toby Keith and Tracy Byrd.

  • Ridgeview Behavioral Health Services Inc. is opening a walk-in clinic at its Roane County office at 221 Devonia St., Harriman.

    The walk-in clinic enables immediate access to mental-health care and eliminates delays associated with having to schedule an appointment.

    Clinic hours will be from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. weekdays.

    Individuals may walk in and meet with a clinician for an initial evaluation without an appointment during walk-in clinic hours.

  • Orchard View Baptist Church, Oliver Springs, will have a free community outreach and night of encouragement on July 27.

    The event starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Oliver Springs High School football field.

    Guest speaker will be University of Tennessee quarterback Nathan Peterman.

    Inky Johnson, a former UT player whose hopes of having an NFL career were ended with a paralyzing injury while he played for UT, will be the featured speaker.

    Johnson went on to earn his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at UT.

  • The Royal Priesthood of Southeast Tennessee will be the featured group for Victorious’ Singing in the City on July 19 at Rockwood Event Center.

    Dudley Evans of Victorious described The Royal Priesthood as “an old-style Southern gospel music group” whose leader was formerly with the Kingsmen Quartet.

    Refreshments will be served, and a love offering will be taken for the group.

  • In carrying out its mission of encouraging informed and active participation in government and in preparation for the Aug. 7 Roane County General Election, the Oak Ridge League of Woman Voters will have a candidate forum next week.

    The forum, at 7 p.m. July 22 in the City Room, A111, on the Oak Ridge campus of Roane State Community College at 701 Briarcliff Ave., is free and open to the public.

  • For those looking to make a difference in the lives of children, becoming a foster parent provides a rewarding opportunity to help a child in need.

    Youth Villages is currently in need of caring adults in the Roane County area to open their hearts and homes to children who have suffered abuse, neglect or abandonment.

    These children need families who will care for them until they can return to their birth families or an adoptive family is found for them.

  • Steve Arney and Eugene Martin of Harriman Care and Rehabilitation Center recently traveled by plane to Panama City Beach, Fla., for three days of fun and adventure on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico.

    The men were among a group of Signature Healthcare residents who spent a vacation enjoying nightly music and movies by the pool of their resort, dinners out, time on the beach, parasailing and a trip to Gulf World.

  • The Defenders Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club and Fraternal Order of Police Local 69 will have Emergency Personnel Day on July 19.

    The event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Roane State Community College’s main campus between Harriman and Rockwood.

    Admission is free.

  • In a beautiful book, “An 18th Century Garland,” Louise Fisher writes, “Words change their meanings, and like music, can be interpreted in many ways. The colors of a picture fade, but plants and flowers have much the same significance in every age.”

    We hear so much these days about historic preservation. All across the country, the sites of early settlements and forts, as well as the structures of historic homes and buildings, are being marked as historic sites and populated by re-enactors striving to bring back the ambiance of an earlier day.