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Today's Features

  • Roane County native DeWayne Howard has returned home to start a new church, Impact Church.

    Howard grew up in Kingston and graduated from Roane County High School in 1994.

    He attended Kingston’s Cedar Grove Baptist Church, where he surrendered to the ministry and has pursued it since.

    Howard served several churches in the Roane County area and was founder and host of the “Gospel USA” program on the Roane County’s cable channel.

  • Kingston United Methodist Church will have a keyboard fundraising concert featuring Mike Adcock, church organist and music director.

    The concert begins at 7 p.m. Dec. 12 in the church at 212 Church St.

    Funds raised during the concert will benefit the church’s Christmas basket ministry.

    Organ, piano and duet Christmas music is planned for the concert.

    Adcock, who has been at Kingston United Methodist since June 2011, has been featured in several concerts throughout his tenure.

  • Rebecca Crawley, 6, waits to hit the ball at one of the many carnival games during the recent Family Fun Day sponsored by Harriman Church of God.

    Inflatables, games, food and a puppet show were all available at the free community event.

  • South Harriman Baptist Church will present “The Jesus Gift,” an outdoor event that portrays the birth and life of Jesus Christ.

    The event will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 13-14 at the church at 626 Ruritan Road.

    Contact the church at 882-1816 or shbc@southharriman.org for more information about the program.

  • Oak Ridge’s Grace Lutheran Church an open house this weekend to provide information about getting insurance via the Affordable Care Act.

    The open house will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Dec. 7 in the church at 131 W. Gettysburg Ave.

    Although the deadline for individuals to sign up has been extended to Dec. 23, time is getting short for those who wish to have insurance that takes effect as of Jan. 1.

  • Southern Appalachia Railway Museum has scheduled several weekend one-hour Secret City excursion rides for all to enjoy the Christmas season this month.

    The narrated one-hour excursion trips will depart at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. Dec. 7 and 14.

    It will also depart at 1 and 3 p.m. Dec. 8 and 15.

    Ticket prices are $19 for adults and $15 for ages 3-12. Children younger than 3 may sit on their parents’ lap and ride for free.

    Popcorn, refreshments and railroad souvenirs will be available.

  • Kingston’s Fort Southwest Point will host a Christmas candlelight tour and reception next weekend.

    The tour and reception will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 14.

    The public is welcome to visit and experience the sights, sounds and flavors common to the people of the 18th century.

    Guests will be greeted at the visitors center for the candlelight tour of the fort.

    Beeswax candles will light the walkway, and bagpipe music will set the tone.

    Special attention will be given to recreate an atmosphere of the past during the event.

  • Crusaders arriving in the Holy Land during the 12th century were amazed and excited to learn that apples, supposedly the forbidden fruit of the Garden of Eden, were not native to this land.

    Many researchers today believe the forbidden fruit was the apricot. But the Crusaders of the 12th century thought it was the big, yellow citrus fruit they called the pomolo.

    This tropical fruit would grow in England, but it flourished in the islands of the Caribbean.

  • The Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference recently honored state Sen. Ken Yager for his work in the Senate.

    Yager received the award at a meeting of the group attended by district attorneys statewide.

    “We greatly appreciate the tireless work and steadfast commitment of Sen. Yager to first understand, and then develop workable solutions, to some very difficult crime problems,” said James W. Kirby, executive director of the Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference.

  • A tuba solo by Joe Williams with accompaniment by Barbara Miles is among the program features of the Harriman Music Club meeting on Dec. 12.

    The meeting starts at 3:30 p.m. in the home of Nancy Newcomb; co-hostesses are Linda Raby and Wilda Taylor.

    The program theme, “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” will be presented by Newcomb. Also on tap are a vocal solo by Terry Utsey and a sing-a-long led by Mary Hickey and friends.

    The Hymn of the Month will be presented by Peggy Sheppard.