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Today's Features

  • In celebration of the National Park Service’s centennial anniversary, the Obed Wild and Scenic River will conduct a healthy hike this weekend.
    The hike begins at 10 a.m. Aug. 20.

    Participants should meet at the Lilly Overlook parking area, which can be found after crossing the Lilly Bridge on Ridge Road in Morgan County.

    Rangers Rick Ryan and Veronica Greear will lead a moderate 2-mile loop hike that will include the Lilly Overlook, the Boulder Field and the Bridge trails.

  • Roane County Executive Ron Woody recently accepted an award on the county’s behalf during the East Tennessee Development District’s annual awards banquet.

    The banquet, attended by more than 130 East Tennessee elected officials and ETDD staff members, was July 14 in the Museum of Appalachia in Norris.

    Roane County was cited at the banquet for completion of a sewer line extension project along South Pine Ridge Road.

    The recently installed sewer line will serve 35 households in the Pine Ridge Road area.

  • Roane County Farm Bureau member Whitney Tilley was among 14 farm and ranch women leaders recognized by the American Farm Bureau Federation as graduates of the organization’s 10th annual Women’s Communications Boot Camp in Washington, D.C., last month.

    The group of agricultural leaders was recognized after completing an intensive three-day course featuring sessions on working with the media, public speaking, testifying and messaging.

  • The Lady Associates of the Tennessee Valley Defenders Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club recently had a “Christmas in July” motorcycle ride to fund area nursing home visits and Christmas baskets.

    Club President Randy Childs said the event raised more than $1,000 to help residents who don’t typically receive visitors.

    Club members will meet with the residents in months prior to the holiday to introduce themselves and get to know them before taking them Christmas baskets.

  • The 60-member Senior Showchoir of Bristol, Va., will be in Kingston for the upcoming Young at Heart meeting.

    The meeting starts at 10 a.m. Aug. 1 in Kingston First Baptist Church’s family life center.

    The church is at 215 N. Kentucky St.

    Senior groups from other churches have been invited to attend this special program and performance.

  • We extend our deepest sympathy to the family of Geraldine Moore, who recently passed away.

    She was the wife of the Rev. Joe Moore of Kingston. Her service was held at Evans Mortuary last Sunday.

    To the family, relatives and friends, you are being remembered in our prayers.

    Please remember James Hawkins in your prayer. He is still a patient in University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville.

    He is the brother of Dorothy Graham.

  • Roane State Community College’s Tamke-Allan Observatory will have a public stargaze at 7:30 p.m. June 18.

    Visit www.roanestate.edu/TAO or contact David E. Fields at fieldsde@roanestate.edu for more information.

  • Mid-East Community Action Agency will have its quarterly distribution of USDA commodity foods this month.

    Distributions will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Harriman Church of God at 3106 Roane State Hwy., Midtown.

    Harriman and Kingston residents will pick up their commodity foods on June 23.

    The following day, June 24, is reserved for Oliver Springs and Rockwood residents to pick up their foods.

    Commodity food recipients must have been certified before June 3 to receive foods during this distribution.

  • A dedication ceremony for the new Korean War Memorial was held at David Webb Riverfront Park on Memorial Day to pay tribute to the Korean veterans that paid the ultimate price for freedom during the Korean War.

    The Korean War was a hard fought war that lasted from June 1950 to July 1953. This war claimed the lives of 36,574 American soldiers, another 103,284 were wounded and 7,800 are still unaccounted for.

    A few of the Korean War veterans of Roane County that were present for this ceremony are Cecil Johnson, Clyde Jones, James Little and Eugene Cozart.

  • Boys & Girls Club of Roane County kicked off its summer program late last month, and it’s promising to be a busy one.

    Already the club has a record number of children, ranging from kindergarten to high school.

    Harriman Councilman Buddy Holley was impresed with the youth, who had stopped and talked with him recently as they passed his home coming back from an outing at Killefer Park.

    Mayor Chris Mason is a big advocate for the program and said they need to get clubs open in Kingston and Rockwood as well to serve area youth.