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Today's Features

  • By Sharon Littlepage, For Roane Newspapers

    When the casting call for a movie goes out, the extras never get the big money, but they usually walk away with a lifetime of special memories.

    That’s the case with Oliver Springs resident Barbara Hilemon, who played five different parts in the highly acclaimed family-friendly movie, “October Sky,” which was filmed in Oliver Springs, Harriman, Petros, Wartburg, Oak Ridge and Knoxville in 1998.

  • Beth Uselton, lead organizer for the Tennessee Heath Care Campaign, will speak about her work with this non-partisan, non-profit statewide consumer advocacy organization at the Oct. 5 Lunch with the League, a twice-monthly series with the League of Women Voters of Oak Ridge.

    Lunch begins at 11:45 a.m. and is available on a first-come basis at a cost of
    $6.

    The program starts at noon in Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church at 1500 Oak Ridge Turnpike.  

  • In an effort to help the willing gain financial stability, the Roane County United Way has teamed up with a network of financial educators and institutions, social service agencies and churches to form the Roane Alliance for Financial Independence.

    Roane County has a variety of resources that can provide assistance with budgeting, debt management, low-cost healthy cooking, second-chance banking and foreclosure prevention.  

    RAFI’s goal is to promote these services to the public in the hopes of increasing financial stability.

  • 25 Years Ago
    A 1949 model pumper was Kingston’s first fire truck, the only unit the city had for 15 years. After a new unit was purchased, city employees eventually restored the 1949 pumper as a showpiece in area parades and other events.

    10 Years Ago

  • Babies born at Methodist Medical Center, Oak Ridge, to Roane County parents:

    July 19 — Shanda and Travis Diggs, Kingston. A girl, Hannah Kate, 9 pounds, 11 ounces. Siblings: Landon and Kinsley. Grandparents: Keith and Carolyn Harper; Caroline Diggs.

    July 20 — Nicole Jenkins and Ronnie Ferguson, Rockwood. A girl, Brooklyn Raylee, 6 pounds, 7 ounces. Siblings: Katie and Sadie. Grandparents: Billy Ray and Peggy Jenkins; John Ferguson.

  • Abused and neglected children need support, and CASA trains volunteers to lend a hand.

    CASA — or Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children — has volunteers from all walks of life.

    Each volunteer takes a 30-hour training class that prepares them to advocate for children in the court system.

    “We are looking for people who care about children and want to make a difference in their lives,” said Peggy Severance, CASA of the Ninth Judicial District program coordinator.

  • Larry and Debra Gurney of Kingston announce the forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Callie Ann Gurney, to Chance Kendall Harvey.

    He is the son of Kevin and Traci Harvey of Kingston.

    The ceremony will be on Oct. 3 at Whitestone Country Inn, Kingston.

    The prospective groom is active military stationed in South Korea.

  • Aiden Wright Oliver turned 1 year old on Sept. 4.

    He is the son of Alan and Cindy McGill-Oliver of Harriman.

    Grandparents are Maggie Bingham of Oakdale and the late Gilbert Bingham, the late Sam McGill, and John and Sherry Schuman of Harriman.

    Aiden has a 7-year-old brother, Austin Oliver; and a 5-year-old sister, Addison Oliver.

  • Mr. and Mrs. Standford “S.L.” Guffey recently celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary at home.

    Guffey and the former Alice “Billie” Abston were married on Sept. 20, 1953.