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Today's Features

  • Download this form and sign your children (ages birth to 5) up for Roane Imagination Library. Your child will receive a special, age-appropriate book once a month.

  • Mid-East Community Action Agency welcomes area seniors to the annual Roane County Senior Citizen picnic on Oct. 7.

    The picnic will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Roane County Park shed 2.

    “Area seniors can look forward to a day filled with good food, entertainment, bingo, door prizes, vendors and a cake walk,” said Amber Jacks, Mid-East senior service director. “Plan to bring a side dish if you are able.”

    Call 354-0450, Ext. 227, to register or for details concerning the picnic.

  • There's nothing like enjoying a train ride through the hardwoods of East Tennessee during the crisp fall season.

    Southern Appalachia Railway Museum’s Secret City Scenic Excursion Train will run fall colors trips on four weekends during October, starting Oct. 2.

    Trains will run on Saturdays and Sundays, with Saturday departures at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m., and Sunday departures at 1 and 3 p.m.  

    Each trip will last about one hour.

  • 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.