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Today's Features

  • Redeemed, a group from Hobe Sound Bible College in Florida, will sing at 6:30 p.m. July 10 in Rockwood Bible Methodist Church at 1002 S. Gateway Ave.

    Members of the group include, from left, soprano Jacinda Finney, tenor Sherman Rouch, alto Katrina Crouse and pianist Martha Fiskeaux.

  • By Ellen Probert Williamson
    Have you ever tried garbage gardening? All kinds of nice little plants can be started from kitchen discards. Call it a form of recycling.

    Citrus seeds are easy to grow. Grapefruit or lemon seeds sprout fairly quickly and grow into small plants with glossy leaves and then into little trees.

    It takes at least five years for them to produce any fruit.

  • Members of the 501st Legion MidSouth Garrison portray “Star Wars” villain Darth Vader and his storm troopers for the delight of customers at Kingston Public Library’s used book sale last month.

    The group of “Stars Wars” faithful turns out for charity events to help draw crowds.

    Customers of all ages were enchanted by the noises and beeps emitted by R2D2, the popular "Star Wars" robot.

  • Members of the 501st Legion MidSouth Garrison portray “Star Wars” villain Darth Vader and his storm troopers for the delight of customers at Kingston Public Library’s used book sale last month.

    Youngsters — and oldsters — were enchantec by the noises and beeps emitted by R2D2, one of the "Star Wars" robots who put in an appearance.

    The group of “Stars Wars” faithful turns out for charity events to help draw crowds.

  • 25 Years Ago
    Four Harriman women treated Betty Dunn, wife of former governor and gubernatorial hopeful, Winfield Dunn, to a “morning call” during Dunn’s visit to Roane County. Margo Ahler, Gina Alexander, Lynn Cunningham and Nancy Newcomb initiated the call as a resurrection of a social institution that flourished during the Civil War period. Its purpose is to honor out-of-town dignitaries and house guests.

    10 Years Ago

  • Margaret McGhee and Adam Tinker were married on April 11 in Clinton.

    Joanne Anderson officiated during the afternoon ceremony.

    The bride is the daughter of David and Sherry McGhee.

    The groom is the son of David and Linda Tinker.

  • Welzie Swafford, 57, graduated high school after 40 years Thursday evening.

    The success was especially sweet for Swafford. It was his fifth attempt in a straight 34-month period.  

    Swafford received his GED through Roane State Community College’s Adult Education program during its graduation ceremony in Roane State’s theater.

    While signing up for Social Security and disability for disc problems, Swafford was advised to finish high school after all this time.

  • Program funds offered through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program and Community Services Block Grants for rent and mortgage assistance will now be awarded annually to coincide with the federal fiscal year.

    Mid-East Community Action Agency, which administers the programs in Roane County, will award the funds based on a fiscal year that starts Oct. 1. Previously, the fiscal year began July 1. That means individuals who were served between July 1, 2010, and the end of June will have to wait until Oct. 1 to reapply.

  • Roane County producers are reminded to submit their annual report of acreage to the Roane/Loudon USDA Farm Service Agency office to meet program eligibility requirements.

    “Producers must file their reports accurately and timely for all crops and land uses, including prevented and failed acreage, to ensure they receive the maximum FSA program benefits possible,” said Roane/Loudon FSA Director Nancy H. Brackett.

    The deadline is July 15 for most spring-seeded crops.

  • The newest class of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) completed training in early June.

    The volunteers, sworn in by Judge Jeffrey Wicks, center, are Christine Roberts, Joan Turbyville, Myranda Robinson and Dane Griffith.

    CASA volunteers are appointed by the Juvenile Court to be a voice for abused and neglected children.

    For more information, go to www.casaninth.org or call 717-4186.