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Today's Features

  • By Ellen Probert Williamson
    Those of us who belong to garden clubs tend to think of our own little group as a small, self-contained, unique and special little island of activity. And, of course, in many ways it is. But it is also a very real part of what has become a great force over the last 100 years and which has become a vast influence on gardening all over the world.

  • Mr. and Mrs. Ben McGovern will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on May 22.

    They will celebrate with their children and spouses and grandchildren with a barbecue and a friendly game of Texas Hold ‘Em.

    McGovern and the former Joan Armstrong were married on May 22, 1951, in St. Louis.

    He is the retired founder and owner of Cedar
    Bluff 24-Hour Towing. She is the retired dispatcher
    for the towing company and peacekeeper for the family.

  • Mr. and Mrs. George Brummitt of Kingston announce the forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Rebecca Kathleen Brummitt, to Dennis Philip Kalman.

    He is the son of Herb and Jill Kalman of Bellaire, Texas.

    The ceremony will be on May 28 at the R.T. Lodge in Maryville. A reception will follow.

    The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Joyce Seaman of Alden, Mich.

  • Todd and Karen Russell and Steve Collins announce the forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Chelsey Brooke Collins, to Dustin Allen Cook.

    He is the son of Earl and Mary Cook of Rockwood.

    The lakeside ceremony will be at 6:30 p.m. June 4. A reception will follow.

    Invitations will be sent, but all relatives and friends of the couple are invited to attend.

    The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Charles T. Wright, Clyde and Bernice Collins and the late Pauline Wright and Virginia Wright.

  • Public libraries in Kingston and Rockwood will each be awarded $21,866 in grant funding to upgrade technology.

    “Libraries in rural areas play an especially important role in connecting citizens with the resources and opportunities that are oftentimes isolated to urban areas,” said Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett, whose office awards the grants in cooperation with the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development.

  • Rockwood 2000 will host a public candidate forum beginning at 6 p.m. May 17 in Rockwood City Hall.

    The purpose of this event is to introduce the public to candidates running for Rockwood City Council in the June 7 election.

    The objective is to inform as many people as possible about the positions of each candidate.

    Candidates seeking to fill a two-year term are Charles Carter, Roberta Dennis and William “Pete” Wright.

    Eight candidates are vying for three seats with four-year terms.

  • The Roane County Republican Party joins the electronic age with the launch of its new web and social media site.

    The new site, roanerepublicanparty.com, has GOP news, conservative blogs and event calendars.

    Each member will also have his own page to customize by uploading photos, videos, news stories and creating and updating a blog.

    There is no charge to join; those wishing to participate may sign up or go through their Facebook account for access.

  • Observe, investigate and experiment with fully functioning replicas of machines, structures and amusement park rides with K'Nex: Building Thrill Rides, an exhibit open through Sept. 11 in the American Museum of Science and Energy, Oak Ridge.

    This special exhibition is designed to captivate young visitors and provide them the opportunity to explore the science, math and technology behind hair-raising amusement park thrill rides.

  • Mid-East Community Action Agency’s senior services department will have a senior birthday party on May 17.

    The party, from 1 to 3 p.m., will honor Roane County residents ages 60 and older who celebrate their birthdays in April, May or June.

    It will be in the Mid-East Community Action Agency offices at 1362 N. Gateway Ave., Rockwood.

    A 1950s theme is planned, with entertainment, Coke and root beer floats and sundaes.

  • Nursing homes across Tennessee are in the throes of a number of activities in honor of National Nursing Home Week.

    The special week began Mother’s Day, May 8, and continues through May 14. Gov. Bill Haslam also has proclaimed May 8-14 Nursing Home Week in Tennessee.