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Today's Features

  • The Roane State Playmakers will perform “The Diviners” beginning April 7 in the O’Brien Theatre on Roane State Community College’s Roane County campus.

    Performances will begin at 7 p.m. April 7-9 and April 14-16. Matinees will be performed at 2 p.m. April 10 and April 17.

    Written by Jim Leonard Jr., “The Diviners” tells the story of a small farm community during the Depression where water and faith are in short supply.

  • U.S. Air Force Airman Alexander K. Turner recently graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio.

    Son of Jim and Donna Turner of Harriman, he is a 2009 graduate of Harriman High School.

    The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

  • U.S. Army Spec. Jesse D. Isham was recently recognized for his efforts at the Ammunition Supply Point as well as his position at the Camp Cole Entry Control Point.

    Isham, a transportation specialist with two years of military service, is assigned to Task Force Destiny, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade at Kandahar Air Field, Afghanistan.  

    Isham is the son of Danny W. Isham of Rockwood and Loretta Isham of Westel.

    The specialist graduated in 2006 from Rockwood High School.

  • Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Charles will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on April 1.

    They will celebrate with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. April 10 in Lakeview Baptist Church fellowship building, Harriman.

    Charles and the former Carolyn Courtney were married on April 1, 1961, in Harriman, with the Rev. H.M. James officiating.

  • Maggie Rose Richardson celebrated her third birthday on March 8 with a Cinderella Princess-themed party with relatives and friends.

    She is the daughter of Cliff and Shauna Richardson of North Carolina.

    Grandparents are Jack and Diane Woolum of Kingston, Jerry Richardson of New York and Michael and Kay Griffith of Mount Airy, N.C.

    Great-grandparents are Anita Mosley of North Carolina, the late J.D. and Mabel Waldrop, and the late Otis and Bessie Richardson.

  • Payton Madox “Max” Richardson celebrated his fifth birthday on March 8 with a Thomas the Tank Engine party with relatives and friends.

    He is the son of Cliff and Shauna Richardson of North Carolina.

    Grandparents are Jack and Diane Woolum of Kingston, Jerry Richardson of New York and Michael and Kay Griffith of Mount Airy, N.C.

    Great-grandparents are Anita Mosley of North Carolina, the late J.D. and Mabel Waldrop and the late Otis and Bessie Richardson.

  • By Ellen Probert Williamson

  • The well-known 1970s party band The Village People and country/Bluegrass artist Ricky Skaggs will perform in Oak Ridge this summer as part of the Secret City Festival.

    The Village People will perform hits such as “YMCA” and “In the Navy” during their June 17 concert. Skaggs will perform on June 18.

    “Offering musicians in different genres helps the festival attract more people,” said Joye Montgomery, entertainment coordinator and head of the Arts Council of Oak Ridge.

  • Kingston United Methodist Church will have a poverty awareness seminar on April 6 in the church’s ministry center at 212 W. Church St.

    Joe Parker will lead the training from noon to 5 p.m. Parker is secondary supervisor for Roane County Schools.

    The seminar cost is $10, which includes purchase of a book for the course.

    Space is limited to the first 25 registrants.

    Reservations by paying the fee are requested by March 30 to ensure adequate materials for participants.

  • Rockwood First Baptist Church Senior Pastor Josh Lancaster, center, recently delivered the invocation for a recent session of the Tennessee State Senate.

    Lancaster was the guest of state Sen. Ken Yager, right.

    The Senate starts each legislative day with a prayer before taking up the legislative calendars.

    Yager and Lancaster meet with Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, left, who presides over the Senate.