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Today's Features

  • This year commemorates the 60th anniversary of the card game canasta.

    To celebrate, the senior citizens canasta group at Kingston Community Center will have an open house from 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 18.  

    Activities for the Kingston celebration will include canasta lessons and demonstrations.

    Refreshments will be served during the event, which is free and geared toward all ages.

    Call the Kingston Community Center at 376-1356 for details.

  • 25 Years Ago
    A U.S. Air Force fighter jet made an emergency belly landing at Rockwood Municipal Airport following an onboard electrical fire which knocked out the navigational and radio equipment. The two crew members were uninjured. The runway was shut down until Tyson Air Force Base officials arrived by helicopter from Knoxville to take over.

    10 Years Ago

  • The family life, the farm life, the mystery and the vision are revealed in “The Story of John Hendrix: Prophet of Oak Ridge” exhibition opening Nov. 9, the 145th anniversary of the birthday of John Hendrix, at the American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge.

    Utilizing family records, oral stories passed down through generations and artifacts related to Hendrix, Jack and Myra Mansfield of Oak Ridge collaborated with the museum to develop the exhibit, which will be on display through Jan. 30, 2011, in the museum lobby.

  • Tamke-Allan Observatory invites people interested in astronomy to visit the observatory at 7 p.m.  on Saturday Nov. 6 for an evening of celestial observing.
    Astronomy students will be grilling and selling food/drinks to buy components for our planned mobile solar observatory, a well-equipped trailer that can be pulled to schools and stargazes to support observing and lectures.
    Optical and radio telescopes and mobile lecture facilities will be included.

  • All Saints’ Day will be celebrated beginning at 10 a.m. Nov. 7 in St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Harriman.

    The Rev. Joseph Pinner will be in charge.

    “All Saints’ Day is kind of like a Christian Memorial Day or Presidents’ Day,” Pinner said. “It is a day to celebrate both the lives of the great heroes of the Christian faith as well as to honor all those who have died and gone before us into the presence of the Lord.”

  • Those who have suffered from the negative effects of drug abuse — as well as those who have given thanks that the negative effects of drug abuse haven’t entered into their life — are welcome to join family and friends of Clayton Smith and Roane County Anti-Drug Coalition for a special prayer and balloon release.

    The event will begin at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 7 at Smith’s gravesite at Oak Ridge Memorial Park. The gravesite is at the bottom left side of the evergreen cross that can be seen from Bethel Valley Road in Oak Ridge.

  • 25 Years Ago
    Harriman Paperboard Corp. closed operations, leaving 150 employees jobless. Close to 100 people whose livelihoods indirectly depended on the plant were also unemployed. Harriman and HUB officials were caught off-
    guard by the closure and left to wonder about the likelihood of getting back close to $3 million the company owed them.

    10 Years Ago
    Students in four Roane County schools chose George W. Bush as the winner of the 2000 presidential race.

  • U.S. Army Pfc. Nathan E. Shaw has graduated from the H-8 Tracked Vehicle Recovery Specialist Course at Fort Knox, Ky.

    He is married to Crystal Jones Shaw, daughter of Terry J. and Debra S. Jones of Oliver Springs.

    The course is designed to train students in the skills and knowledge needed to perform recovery operations using the M88A1/A2 tracked recovery vehicle.  

  • Scott W. Collins has been promoted to the rank of chief master sergeant in the U.S. Air Force.

    Collins, son of Ray and Shirley Collins of Oakdale, is a weapons systems branch superintendent assigned to the 1st Special Operations Wing at Hurlburt Field, Fort Walton Beach, Fla.  

    The sergeant has served in the military for 24 years.

    His sisters are Vicki McCullough of Harriman and Ginger Mitchell of Knoxville.

    His wife, Christine, is the daughter of Gregory and Maryellen Pelkey of Leesburg, Fla.