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Today's Features

  • 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.

  • Parents can get summer fun down to a science for rising fifth (10 years old), sixth and seventh graders, when they register their child for the American Museum of Science and Energy's Science Explorer Camp June 6-10 and June 13-17 at the historic Freels Bend Cabin site in Oak Ridge.

  • The official Tennessee Civil War 150th Anniversary license plate is now available for car owners in the state.

    Sponsored by the non-profit partnering organization, Tennessee Civil War Preservation Association, proceeds from the plate will help preserve Tennessee Civil War battlefields.

    A portion of the funds will go to the home county of each participant to support the Tennessee Civil War Trails program, helping communities fund Civil War Trail signs and provide for their ongoing maintenance.    

  • Classic car shows, entertainment and pageants are among the attractions for the annual Thunder Road Festival in downtown Rockwood.

    The all-day event will start at 10 a.m. April 2 and include exhibits and crafters.

    Amy Duggar of the hit TV show “19 Kids and Counting” will return to Rockwood as the head-
    line musical entertainment.

    Duggar filmed some of her first music video, “Crazy in Love,” in downtown Rockwood. The song has just been released to mainstream country.

  • Roane Countians can show their support for Relay for Life teams by donating during the Relay roadblock March 19 at Hwys 27 and 29.

    Roane County’s Relay for Life teams will collect donations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    Relay for Life, an overnight event, celebrates cancer survivors, remembers those lost to the disease and provides the community with an opportunity to unite and fight back.

    This year’s event will be April 29-30 at Roane State Community College.

  • Historic Rugby’s spring workshops are sure to chase away the winter blues.

    The Cumberland Plateau museum village, with its unique Victorian architecture, lodging in historic buildings, and wooded, river-gorge setting, is an ideal location for learning experiences.

    The first workshop, Honeysuckle Basketry, is perfect for beginning basket makers.

    The workshop will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 16-17.  

  • U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, left, and Bob Corker, right, meet with Scott and Carol Wood of Harriman during a recent Tennessee Tuesday in the Hart Senate Office Building.

    Tennessee Tuesday, hosted by Alexander and Corker, is a weekly constituent breakfast at 9 a.m. each Tuesday.

    It is open to all Tennesseans visiting Washington, D.C.

  • Roane County Cooperative Ministries will again offer Self-Help Garden Grants beginning April 1.

    These grants of up to $25 per family are offered to low -income residents of Roane County.  Grants are intended to cover the cost of seeds, plants and one bag of fertilizer to encourage recipients to plant small home gardens to help feed their families.

    Over the years, the garden grants have been funded by various sources and individuals and by grants from the Hunger Committee of the East Tennessee Presbytery.