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Today's Features

  • Pete and Imogene Armes of Kingston were honored on Nov. 13 with a surprise 65th wedding anniversary reception at Calhoun’s at Fort Loudon Marina.

    More than two dozen relatives and friends attended the special occasion.    

    The Armeses were married on Nov. 16, 1945, in Rossville, Ga. Over their 65 years of marriage, they have raised five children and enjoy the periodic family gatherings of children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

  • Brylee Crouse turned 5 years old on Nov. 15.

    She celebrated with a special cupcake party with family and friends.

    She is the daughter of Bryan and Brandi Crouse of Bay City, Mich.

    Grandparents are Tim and Vandy Earick and Gene and Claire Crouse, all of Kingston, and Jeff Jones of Knoxville.

    Great-grandparents are Larry and Margie Earick, Jim and Patsy Brown and Bob and Vickie Jones, all of Kingston, Dorris Simmons of Marietta, Ga., the late Reed Julian, the late Florence Crites and the late David Simmons.

  • Footage of Rockwood in 1951 will be shown during a Dec. 2 workshop about preserving film and audio recordings.

    Preservation Toolbox No. 7: Preserving the Past with Moving Pictures will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the East Tennessee History Center at 601 S. Gay St., Knoxville.

    It will be presented by East Tennessee Preservation Alliance and Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound.

    The Rockwood footage will be among the materials that will provide an unmatched glimpse of life and the environment in East Tennessee.

  • Accounts have been established at Y-12 Federal Credit Union and ORNL Federal Credit Union to benefit Johnny and Karen Longmire and family.

    The accounts were established in response to members of the public who have indicated a desire to help the Longmires, whose home in the Ponderosa subdivision burned on Oct. 29.

    Donations for the couple and their sons, Hunter Golliher and Johnathon Longmire, can be dropped off or called in to either credit union until Dec. 17.

  • Stacey Michelle Stout and Glenn Richard Ahlborg were married on Oct. 16 in Bay Voyage Inn, Jamestown, R.I.

    Peter Rosendale officiated during the ceremony.

    The bride is the daughter of Howard and Sandra Stout of Kingston.

    A graduate of the University of Tennessee, she is a senior account manager for Amica Mutual Insurance.

    The groom is the son of John and Sandra Ginsbury of Warwick, R.I.

  • Christmas is arriving early in Roane County, with Kingston First Baptist Church again serving as a collection point for Operation Christmas Child for festively wrapped shoe boxes full of gifts.

    Through Operation Christmas Child, one of the world’s largest Christmas projects, Roane County residents are helping send shoe box gifts this year to more than 8 million children in 100 countries suffering from natural disaster, war, terrorism, disease, famine and poverty.  

  • For just the first two weekends in December, Santa prefers the 2,000 horsepower convenience of the Secret City Scenic Excursion train.

    He'll be on board Dec. 4-5 and Dec. 11-12 to delight children of all ages, and even Mrs. Claus will be there to help Santa distribute Christmas gift bags.  

    Southern Appalachia Railway Museum volunteers will have the train all decked out in yuletide décor to make the jolly couple right at home while riding the rails and visiting the passengers.

  • 25 Years Ago
    After Harriman’s John “Peanut” Hill performed his “drunk act” on an unsuspecting Jerry Reed, the country music star and actor was so impressed that he told Hill that he would put Hill in one of his shows. Hill didn’t think much of it until he received a call and landed a part in Reed’s movie, “What Comes Around.” The movie opened at the Princess Theater in Harriman with much fanfare, with Hill arriving at the premiere in a limousine and receiving the key to the city.

  • The Roane Alliance’s annual fundraising Gala will have hundreds of auction items up for bid for the hundreds of attendees at the always-popular Hollywood-themed event on Nov. 19.

    For those who cannot attend, The Alliance is offering something new — virtual early bidding for Alliance supporters.

  • Mr. and Mrs. John W. Townsend Jr. of Lenoir City, formerly of the Midway community in Roane County, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on Dec. 17.

    A reception in their honor will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 11 in Stone Crossing Subdivision Clubhouse on Hwy. 70, Lenoir City. All relatives and friends are invited to stop by at any time during the reception.

    Townsend and the former Faye Branson were married on Dec. 17, 1950.

    He is retired from Maremont Corp., and she is a nurse at Sweetwater Medical Clinic.