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Today's Features

  • April 1 is the deadline to obtain Non-insured Crop Disaster Assistance coverage on pasture for the crop year 2011.

    Timely purchased coverage is a requirement to participate in the Livestock Forage Disaster Program if Roane County is approved for payments.

    Other disaster programs require all crops of significance to have either crop insurance or NAP coverage.

    Contact the Roane/Loudon Farm Service Agency at 424 N. Kentucky St., Kingston, or call 376-2392, Option 2 for details.

  • The National League of Junior Cotillions, a program of etiquette, character education and social dance training for middle and junior high school students, plans to establish its national program in Roane County.
     “We will be selecting a director for a local chapter who will receive complete training and an exclusive territory for expansion,” said Elizabeth Anne Winters, National League of Junior Cotillions national director.
    The organization has directors operating hundreds of chapters in 34 states.

  • Travelers along Hwy. 58 or Blair Road in Roane County on the first or third Saturday of April may hear a diesel horn echoing through the hills, or see a very visible sign of spring in the vintage passenger train that looks like it rumbled right out of the 1940s.
    April is the month when buds on the trees of Poplar Creek Valley start turning green, and the Secret City Scenic Excursion Train starts showing up to take happy passengers through the hardwoods and meadows of the valley.

  • The 16th annual Harriman Ministerial Association weekly Lenten services will start on March 16 in Harriman United Methodist Church.

    These services began in 1996, when the Rev. Alton Johnson of Harriman United Methodist Church suggested that the church cooperate with the Harriman Ministerial Association to expand their annual Lenten services.  

    Since then, the Lenten services have been an opportunity for Christians to join together for worship and fellowship as they prepare for Easter celebra-
    tions.  

  • By Ellen Probert Williamson

  • Now is the time for a super spring tonic, such as some hot pancakes made on the spot by members of the Kingston Lions Club.

    The club’s annual pancake breakfast will be from 7 to 11 a.m. March 26 in Kingston First Baptist Church’s family life center.

    Cost is $5 for adults, $2 for children younger than 12.

    Net proceeds of this event are used by the Lions primarily to purchase eye exams and/or glasses for people who cannot afford them.

  • U.S. Army Pfc. Matthew R. Crabtree recently graduated from basic combat training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla.

    Son of Delbert Crabtree of Kingston, he graduated in 2006 from Midway High School.

    During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission and received instruction and training exercises in drill and ceremonies, Army history, core values and traditions.

  • U.S. Air Force Airman Samuel I. Selvidge recently graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio.

    Son of Deborah Selvidge of Kingston and Ronald Selvidge of Loudon, he graduated in 2005 from Loudon 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.

  • Medic Regional Blood Center has issued an emergency need for blood.  

    The sole blood provider for 21 counties and 27 area hospitals  — including Roane Medical Center in Harriman — struggles to meet the demand for area patients.  

    “Our coverage area has been hit pretty hard the last week with very serious accidents, and those have taken a toll on an already-thin inventory,” said Christi Fightmaster of Medic public relations.

  • University of Tennessee Plateau AgResearch and Education Center will have its annual spring heifer and bull sale starting at 9 a.m. March 25 at the center on Hwy. 70 North near Crossville.

    The sale will feature high-quality registered open Angus, Gelbvieh, and Balancer heifers as well as registered Angus bulls. All sale animals are from the existing UT herd. Minimum bids per head are required. Registration documentation and performance data are available for review. A list of the cattle to be sold is available online at plateau.tennessee.edu.