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Today's Features

  • Medic Regional Blood Center encourages eligible donors to give blood during the summer months, when donations traditionally decrease.

    “It’s a difficult time for our community,” said Medic spokewoman Christi Fightmaster.

    “We see an increase in travel and recreation in our area, and unfortunately those things can lead to accidents and traumas requiring blood transfusions.”

    Roane County donors can do their part by giving blood at a Medic mobile unit from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Harriman Food City.

  • Roane County ElderWatch will observe World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15 with an ice-cream social from 1 to 3 p.m. in the pavilion at Kingston City Park.

    The event involves activities to bring greater recognition of the mistreatment of older adults wherever they live, and to highlight the need for appropriate action. It is intended to give abuse and neglect of older adults a global relevance that will sustain and move prevention efforts forward throughout the years to come.  

  • Kingston Rotary Club recently hosted two young speakers, Maggie Stevens and Matheus Ferreira, with ties to Brazil.

  • Registration is under way in Roane County for junior 4-H camp.

    The five-day resident camp is for all 4-H members who have completed grades 4-6.

    Activities include swimming, archery and rifle ranges, group sports, fishing, nature hikes, fossils, wildlife, leather craft, woodworking, T-shirt airbrushing, tie-dying, skits, music and ropes courses.

    Camp is limited to 142 children. Cost is $235 by cash or check; $247 by credit card.

  • The Council of Catholic Women at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Harriman, has awarded scholarships of $500 each to Alex Roschli and Elizabeth Thew.

    Both are children of Blessed Sacrament parishioners.

    Roschli, a 2011 Roane County High School graduate, graduated with a 4.02 grade-point average and was ranked sixth in his class of 196 graduates.

    A participant in the Gifted Program, he was a member of the school’s Beta and Republican clubs.

  • The Bridge at Rockwood participated in a coordinated prayer event on May 5, joining millions of other Americans to recognize what has been designated as the National Day of Prayer.

    The Bridge at Rockwood was among the Signature Healthcare facilities that had a prayer service. Some released biodegradable balloons or carried out other symbolic acts. An event at Signature’s Louisville, Ky., headquarters was transmitted via live webcast.

  • The McKameys, a premier East Tennessee family gospel-singing group from Clinton, will host their annual Hometown Singing on June 10-11 in Clinton Second Baptist Church.

    The Inspirations of Bryson City, N.C., will be the special guest at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

    Saturday’s special guest will be the Primitive Quartet of Candler, N.C. at 6 p.m.

    Reserved seating is $14; general admission is $12.

    Call 800-254-3047 or 865-457-3678 for information.

  • Berl and Eula Swanner of Rockwood celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary with their family at the Whitestone Inn.

    They were married in Trentville on May 16, 1948.

    They have three children: Mike and wife Debbie Swanner of Greenville, S.C., Janice and husband Todd Baines of Athens, and Lisa and husband Jimmy Crabtree of Rockwood.

  • Babahatchie Community Band will present its first concert of the outdoor season at 3 p.m. June 5 at Harriman Riverfront Park.

    Admission to the concert is free, but donations are always welcome. Refreshments, usually ice cream, are available during intermission.

  • By Ellen Probert Williamson
    In one way or another — sometimes favorably, sometimes quite the opposite — bugs call themselves to our attention.

    The idea of eating insects is pretty off-putting to most of us, but insects of various kinds are a staple food in some parts of the world.

    Insects were considered delicacies in ancient times. A kind of wood-boring grub was often served as an hors d’oeuvre at parties in Rome. Aristotle, a great cicada fancier, wrote at length about how to prepare them.