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Today's Features

  • Health educator Walt Cross of Newport will present a free Old Mountain Remedies workshop from 6 to 8:45 p.m. Feb. 12 in the fellowship hall of Roane Seventh-day Adventist Church at 336 Patton Lane.

    The needs of East Tennessee families were cared for with old-mountain remedies for generations. From golden-seal to corn silk, these herbs were and continue to be common medications.

  • Kingston Rotary Club’s 35th annual pancake breakfast and silent auction this weekend have lasting effects that go beyond a clean plate.

    All proceeds from this year’s breakfast will be used to support the club’s community and international service projects.

    The breakfast will be from 8 to 11 a.m. Feb. 7 in Kingston Church of Christ family center at 120 Spring St., Kingston.

    Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for children and may be purchased from any Kingston Rotary Club member or at the door.

  • “Remembering Red,” a tribute to Red Skelton featuring Brian Hoffman will begin at 4 p.m. Feb. 15 in the historic Grove Theater at 123 Randolph Road, Oak Ridge.

    The light-hearted trip down memory lane will include some of the television pioneer’s most well-known characters, including Clem Kadiddlehopper, Gertrude and Heathcliffe, Freddy the Freeloader.

    Also included will be Skelton “Guzzlers Gin” routine and pantomimes.

    Hoffman also breaks character during the

  • Sophistication and fun were the order of the Roane State Foundation's Upstairs/Downstairs High Tea, meant to be reminiscent of the times, glitz and etiquette of the setting of popular PBS television show, “Downton Abbey.”

    The tea in Whitestone Country Inn was to raise money for student scholarships with a focus on adult learners.

    It included a fashion show.

  • The national average price for gasoline rose last week for the first time in four months, snapping the longest streak of declines at the pump on record, AAA reported on Monday.

    The U.S. average for a gallon of regular unleaded declined 123 consecutive days, from Sept. 26-Jan. 26, delivering a discount of $1.31 during that period.

    AAA reported the average price has risen 2 cents since Jan. 27.

    “Gasoline prices have finally adjusted to the plunging price of oil,” said Mark Jenkins, AAA spokesman.

  • George Dagley Jr., Morgan County World War II veteran, will be the featured Memories of the Obed program speaker on Feb. 14.

    The program starts at 2 p.m. in the Obed Visitor Center at 208 N. Maiden St., Wartburg.

    Dagley is the son of George Dagley Sr., who was Morgan County mayor during the 1930s.

    Memories to be shared include a glimpse of life in Wartburg during the 1930s, including childhood adventures at Potters Falls, school times and his experiences during wartime.

    No reservations are required to attend this free program.

  • Michael Dunn Center introduces the members of its board of directors.

    They include, front row from left, Barbara Capell, Harriett Westmoreland, Debbie Alexander-Davis, Gail Christian; and back row, the Rev. Bill Fowler, Wayne Tipps, Jim Pinkerton, Ron Blanchard, state Sen. Ken Yager and Jim Conway.

    Not pictured are Lana Seivers, Bill Leuking, Ted Bowers, Chris Whaley and state Rep. Kent Calfee.

    Calfee and Yager are the newest additions to the board.

  • Residents throughout Roane County and East Tennessee will have the chance to participate in the upcoming Scouting for Food event to help fight hunger.

    In a partnership between Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee and the Boy Scouts of America Great Smoky Mountain Council, the Scouting for Food program is designed to encourage communities to come together and combat hunger while teaching scouts the importance of giving back and spreading good will.

  • Happy belated birthday to Dan Baker who recently celebrated his special day.

    I hope you had a great celebration and hope you have many more.

    I extend my sympathy to the family of Trixie Siler, who passed away Wednesday. Arrangements were incomplete at the time of this writing.

    Burckon and Mary Walker left Spring City to attend the services of Mr. Burckon’s father in Blytheville, Ark.

    Several members from Cedine Bible Mission attended this service, including Missionary Gloria Ward.

  • Homeowners, businesses and groups of any variety can now sign up to receive free trees for their property or community.

    The catch? The trees must be planted during one hour — at 11 a.m. Eastern time on Feb. 21.

    A team of non-profit organizations, state agencies and community groups seeks to plant 50,000 trees in one hour across Tennessee on “50K Tree Day,” the first tree-planting undertaking of its size in Tennessee, according to event organizers.

    Organizers are currently recruiting interested groups and individuals to get involved.