Today's Features

  • The Roane County Rural Mixers Family and Community Education Club meeting to make crafts recently are, front row from left, Lennie Stansbury, Rachel and Sally Wright, Madge Jackson, Linda Rogers; and back row, Judy Murray, Julia McCoin and Robin Greenberg.

    The group met at the Wrights’ home to make crafts to sell for the Betty McGlasson Scholarship Fund and 4-H camp.

    The Rural Mixers meet the second Thursday of each month in Kingston Community Center.

  • The Roane County News had one of its more humanitarian globetrotting trips when it accompanied the Ochs family to Ghana, Africa.

    “In this picture, we are with the children from Great Mission International, an orphanage in Teshie, Ghana,” explained Bekah Ochs, at left in the middle of the back row, holding children with sisters Abby, center, and Maddie.

    “We recently returned for a medical mission outreach with a team from [Feeding the Orphans]. After the team left, our family stayed several weeks to reconnect with friends.”

  • Father’s Day is this Sunday, and it gives us all an opportunity to show Dad how much we love him for everything he’s meant to us.

    Dads hold us up in the rough times, cheer for us in the good times and, as a 7-year-old Elizabeth Hall illustrates, they’re even there for us when they’re napping.

    Elizabeth, now 14, made her father, Rodney Hall of Ten Mile, feel pretty by adorning him with baubles, barrettes and bows while he copped a few Z’s after work.

  • Batley Baptist
    “To the Edge: Encounter the God of the Universe” is the vacation Bible school theme at Batley Baptist Church near Oliver Springs. A VBS kickoff cookout will be from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. June 20; classes will be from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. June 21-25 at the church at 670 Batley Road. Free dinner will be served from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. daily. Call 435-2400 for transportation, and visit www.BatleyChurch.org for details.

  • New Midway Baptist Church, Kingston, now has two Sunday morning services.

    The services begin at 8:45 and 11 a.m.

    The church is at 240 New Midway Road.

  • Chris White, director of the Freedom Ministry at Knoxville’s Fuse Church, will be the guest speaker during the next Christian Business Fellowship of Roane County meeting.

    The meeting will begin at 8 a.m. June 20 in Harriman Shoney’s.

    “Their greatest passion is to see people set free, raised up and operating in their gifts and callings in God,” said Dee Mann of Rockwood’s Healing Rooms and River Gate Church, in describing White and his wife, Deb.

  • The Knoxville Opera will bring entertaining and popular selections from 20th century Broadway musicals and opera classics to the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge from 11 a.m. to noon June 17.

    The program is part of Wonderful Wednesdays, a program in which guests will be invited to Imagination Station Summer Camp through July 31.

    Summer campers at the museum each week will participate, and the programs are free to the public with admission.

    Other upcoming Wonderful Wednesdays are:

  • Motorists across the country saw increases at the pump last week, but that trend is not likely to continue, AAA reported on Monday.

    The U.S. Energy Information Administration updated its forecast, expecting monthly average gas prices to decline through the end of the year, reaching as low as $2.27 in December.

    According to the report, the average price of gasoline from June 1-Aug. 31 should be $2.60 — the lowest since 2009.

  • Twenty people attended Kingston’s Southwest Point Chapter NSDAR’s genealogy workshop on May 30.

    Ann Blomquist from the East Tennessee History Center in Knoxville was the keynote speaker.

    She began with the basics of genealogy and concluded with the genealogical software available today.

    Blomquist discussed free websites and demonstrated how the sites can be used.

    Blomquist teaches basic and intermediate genealogy at the East Tennessee History Center.

  • Barrie Paulson, left, and Harriman Mayor Chris Mason, right, present a $250 donation to Reggie Coleman, director of the Roane County Boys and Girls Club at Harriman Middle School.

    The money was raised at last month’s Tennessee Medieval Faire.