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Today's Features

  • 25 Years Ago

  • By Ellen Probert Williamson

  • Kingston Rotary Club will have its annual pancake breakfast and silent auction from 8 to 11 a.m. Feb. 5 in Kingston Church of Christ family center.

    The menu will consist of pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, orange juice, milk and coffee.

    The price is $5 for adults and $3 for children.

    Proceeds raised by last year’s pancake breakfast and silent auction were used to help restore an earthquake damaged health clinic in Haiti and to promote scholarship and reward achievement of students in Roane County schools.

  • Army Reserve Sgt. Robert T. Givens served as a support staff member during the 2011 U.S. Army All-American Bowl at the Alamodome in San Antonio.  

    Givens, a healthcare specialist (combat medic) sustainment instructor, is assigned to the 228th Combat Support Hospital at Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio. The reservist has served in the military for 10 years.

    The son of Kyong O. Givens of Rockwood, he was a 1984 graduate of Cumberland County High School, Crossville.

  • The U.S. Air Force recently promoted John E. Gilliland to the rank of lieutenant colonel.

    Gilliland is the staff judge advocate at Goodfellow Air Force Base, San Angelo, Texas. He is currently deployed as the staff judge advocate at Combined Forces Special Operations Component Command, Afghanistan.  

    A Roane County native and a 1987 graduate of Roane County High School, he is the son of Julianne Bailey and Robert Brown of Kingston and William Gilliland of Manchester. He is the brother of Kelli G. Klidzejs of Manchester.

  • The Orion astronomy club will host the talk, “Dawn: Exploring the Asteroids Vesta and Ceres,” at 7 p.m. Feb. 2 in Oak Ridge Civic Center.

    Hap McSween, chancellor’s professor and interim dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Tennessee Knoxville, will address various aspects of the mission launched in September 2007.

  • West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department has free smoke detectors available for residences and businesses within its response area.

    The free detectors come with a 10-year battery and are available at no charge.

    West Roane County Fire Chief Charlie Redwine said the detectors and billboard advertising were made available to the department via a FEMA/DHS Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program for Fire Prevention and Safety.

  • Lynn Fielding, a co-founder of the National Children’s Reading Foundation, will be Kingston Rotary Club’s guest speaker on Jan. 25.  

    Fielding served for 20 years as a director of Kennewick, Wash., schools. He was director of the Washington State School Directors Association the Northwest Evaluation Association.

  • This tax season, the Tennessee Department of Human Services is again calling on eligible working individuals and families across the state to take advantage of a federal tax credit that can put earned income back into their pockets.

    The Earned Income Tax Credit, launched in the mid-1970s, is considered to be one of the most effective anti-poverty programs in the country.

  • Jeanne Jones and Frank Smith greet each other the same way every Wednesday in the parking lot of Kingston Community Center.

    “Hey looooser!” Jones calls to Smith as he gets out of his car.

    “Loser Lady!” Smith calls back, and they smile and walk in together.

    The two, members of the Take Off Pounds Sensibly chapter, have given the slip to more than 100 pounds.

    Their chapter, Kingston TOPS 567, meets at noon each Wednesday in Kingston Community Center at 201 Patton Ferry Road.