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Today's Features

  • Perhaps now is the time to give recognition to a native American plant that grows abundantly in 48 states.

    The seeds of this plant are high in vitamin C and are enjoyed equally by people and birds.

    And its showy flower heads grow to monumental proportions.

    Of course, a sunflower with a bloom 1 foot or more across is hard to miss — and it is fully spectacular enough to merit some attention.

  • 25 Years Ago

  • Obed Wild and Scenic River will have a guided night sounds hike beginning at 9 p.m. June 28.

    Those wishing to participate in this free event are asked to meet at the Lilly Overlook parking area.

    The hike will progress from there to the overlook and back as a ranger guides the group through the collage of sounds on the trail.

    The less-than-half-mile round-trip hike is open to all ages.

    Children participating must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the program.

  • Westel Fire Department’s monthly fundraising dinner on June 20 will be hosted by Woodmen of the World Chapter 900.

    The cookout, with hamburgers and hot dogs, will be from 4 to 7 p.m. at the fire hall west of Rockwood on Hwy. 70 in the Westel community.

    Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children, with all proceeds benefiting the fire hall.

    Call Terry Carter at 388-6846 for further details.

    Woodmen of the World will have this event in honor of Flag Day, which was June 14.

  • Members of Kingston Police Explorers Post 376 who are leaving this summer for the U.S. armed services were honored.

    The post also recently raised $1,200 for the Wounded Warrior Project.

  • Rockwood’s Oak Leaf Lodge 49, Knights of Pythias, recently honored life members, including new 50-year life members Dean Woodall and Robert Brock, with a dinner event.

    Also honored were three life members with more than 60 years' membership: Luther True, 67-year member; J. Polk Cooley, 64-year member; and James Fickey, 61-year member.

    The Fraternal Order Knights of Pythais is celebrating its 150-year anniversary this year, and Oak Leaf Lodge is marking its 126th year.

  • Babies born at Methodist Medical Center, Oak Ridge, to Roane County parents:
    Oct. 28 — Kayla and Christopher Pierce, Kingston. A girl, Alisa Louise Lynette, 7 pounds, 1 ounce. Sibling: Brennan. Grandparents: Lena Honeycutt; David Malosh; Wayne Honeycutt; Jeannie Pierce; Rodney Pierce.

    Nov. 1 — Kelly Meredith and Michael Burton, Oliver Springs. A boy, Ke’son Alexander, 6 pounds, 0 ounces. Siblings: Madison and Lacy. Grandparents: Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Ward; the late Mr. and Mrs. Richard Burton.

  • Probably the most popular flower in the world is the rose.

    The most beautiful member of the Rosaceae family, the rose originated in Asia Minor.

    This marvelous flower is one of the oldest in cultivation. It was considered a very old bloom 5,000 years ago, when it was featured in the royal gardens of ancient Asia and Africa.

    Roses have been symbols of poetic fantasy since the dawn of civilization, perhaps even before written history.

    From the biblical Rose of Sharon in Song of Solomon to this day, they have been symbols of love.

  • Our deepest sympathy is extended to the families of Jadah Gallaher and Roderick Drummond, who lost their lives due to an accident.

    There are a lot of prayers from concerned people.

    Jadah is the daughter of the Rev. Willie and Sister Missy Gallaher.

    Rod, as we call him, was a wonderful young man. He came from a Christian home.

    They will be missed. Let’s continue to lift both families in prayer.

    Get-well wishes to Darius Gallaher and Hunter Crass, who were hurt in the train and car accident.