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Today's Features

  • The U.S. Army promoted Lt. Col. Courtney L. Henderson to his present rank during a spring ceremony in Colorado Springs, Colo.

    A Harriman native, he is the son of Marcella Willis of Kingston and Sammy L. Henderson of Harriman.

    The lieutenant colonel was commissioned into the Army as a signal officer in August 1998, only months after he graduated from Roane County High School, Kingston.

    Henderson served as a gold bar recruiter for his first three months of active duty before attending the signal officer basic course in Fort Gordon, Ga.

  • The window for open enrollment in the Affordable Care Act health-care plans is Nov. 15 to Feb. 15, and Oak Ridge Public Library is planning two opportunities for the public to enroll.

    Due to library renovations, these programs will be in the AB Room of the Oak Ridge Recreation Center at 1403 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

    The programs will be from 1 to 6 p.m. Nov. 22 and Dec. 6.

  • I wish Mark Hightower a speedy recovery.

    He recently had surgery at a hospital in Knoxville. He is feeling some better and is at home recuperating.

    Kenneth Edward Gillespie from Atlanta recently spent a weekend visiting with his sister, Margaret Ruth Collier and her family, and his brother, LC Gillespie, and his wife Mary Alice.

    He always comes to see me before returning home. He is a former resident of Harriman.

  • There are still some openings available in the AARP driver safety course to be taught in Roane County next month.

    The eight-hour class, from noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 4-5, offers area senior citizens a refresher course on driving and an update on rules of the road.

    The class will be in Rockwood Community Center at 710 N. Chamberlain Ave.

    Course participants will be taught to adjust to age-related physical changes; reduce incidents of violations and accidents; and update driving skills and rules of the road in a stress-free environment.

  • Knox Heritage and the East Tennessee Preservation Alliance will have the Alexander Inn Gala Preservation Celebration in Oak Ridge on Nov. 7.

    Those attending will be among the first to experience the newly restored and renovated historic Guest House/Alexander Inn and celebrate this significant preservation achievement for East Tennessee and the nation.

    A 1950s-era cocktail party will take place while those attending revisit the onn’s storied past and discover its new place as part of the future of Oak Ridge.

  • The Henry Center, a program of the Michael Dunn Center, chose Oct. 29 as a day of recognition for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

    Youngsters donning their pink in observance of the month are Lukas Hanousek, Cadyn Newman, Walter Poland, Anaya Patel, Ally Freels, Bryson Brackins, Abbigail Welch, Mylaah Chatman, Isabella Whittenbarger, Zayden Vanover, Karissa Vanover, Opal Morris, Bella Williams, Zailyn Dyer, James Reid, Sam Segatto, Ta’Naya Scandlyn, Jaxon Armes, Preston Pugh, Kelley Cleveland and Tom Evans.

  • Piney Grove Baptist Church, Midtown, recently called Thomas Baines as its pastor.

    Baines, a native of Lebanon, is a 1965 graduate of Donelson High School.

    He graduated with an associate’s degree in 1971 from Cumberland Junior College in Lebanon.

    He received a bachelor’s degree in 1973 from Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro.

    He served in the U.S. Army from 1966-68 and served in Vietnam in 1967.

    From 1973-80, Baines was a teacher and coach at Lebanon High School.

  • Grace Community Church, Kingston, will stand with churches in Houston on Nov. 2 to protect religious liberty.

    “We will be hosting a viewing of the live simulcast of the ‘I Stand Sunday’ event,” said Ralton Emory of the church.

    “This 90-minute simulcast is open to all, and we invite all who stand for religious liberty to join us that evening.”

    The simulcast will start at 7 p.m. in Grace Christian Church at 438 W. Race St.