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Today's Features

  • Randy Rollins has been promoted to the rank of master sergeant in the U.S. Air Force.

    Rollins, son of Pleas and Diana Rollins of Rockwood, is a 1999 graduate of Rockwood High School.

    He is presently serving as senior controller with 436th Maintenance Squadron, Dover Air Force Base, Del.

    He has served in the military for 14 years.

    Rollins is the husband of Kathy Rollins of Wyoming, Del.

  • Last Sunday, St. Mary’s Baptist Church was guest to Lanes Chapel AME Zion Church in Niota to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the church’s pastor and his wife. They are the Rev. J.D. and Alice Howell.

    The Rev. Jesse Williams delivered the message and the celebration choir provided the music.

    This was a great service. Congratulations to Pastor and Mrs. J.D. Howell, and God bless you always.

    Our deepest sympathy is extended to the family of Eugene Williams, who recently passed away.

  • Medic Regional Blood Center is once again trying to sweeten the pot to attract donors to various blood drive locations.

    Donors who give blood between April 1-May 1 will automatically be entered to win a trip for two to Memphis in May’s World Championship BBQ Cook-Off.

    “This will be the fourth year we’ve giving this trip away to one lucky donor, and we always receive great feedback from the winners,” said Christi Fightmaster of Medic public relations.

  • Rockwood’s annual Thunder Road Festival and Car Show on April 5 promises to include fun for the entire family.

    The festival, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Rockwood, will boast exhibits, concessions, classic cars competing for awards, crafters and live entertainment.

    The Southern Star Band is one of this year’s headliners. The band has a repertoire that spans seven decades and encompasses many styles of music, including classic rock, oldies, Motown and country.

    The band’s extensive playlist has made it a real crowd pleaser.

  • The Treasury Inspector General for Taxpayer Administration is issuing a warning to taxpayers to beware of phone calls from individuals claiming to represent the Internal Revenue Service in an effort to defraud them.

    “This is the largest scam of its kind that we have ever seen,” said J. Russell George, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.

  • We are enjoying the emotional lift which comes with seeing the lavish displays of golden daffodils in our gardens all through Roane County.

    Called “yaller lilies” by some country people, daffodils are a sure sign that real summer is just around the corner.

    Like lilacs (which are really syringas), daffodils are the same thing as narcissus and jonquils and, furthermore, they are all members of the amaryllis family.

    There are as many varieties of daffodils as there are of lilacs.

  • 25 Years Ago
    When Emory Gap residents took their battle against annexation by Harriman to court, city officials promptly refused to provide the area with fire or police protection unless it was a matter of life or death. That spurred one of the area’s residents to turn to the city of Rockwood for such services until the lawsuit was resolved. “We’re willing to pay,” W.L. Dickey said. Rockwood City Council members entertained the notion, saying the city would try to come to the aid of the area if it is legally able to do so.

  • The Power of Purple, a 5K run to benefit Roane County Relay for Life of the American Cancer Society, is planned for March 29 at Roane County Park at 3515 Roane State Hwy., Midtown.

    Registration starts at 11 a.m., with the race to begin at 1 p.m.

    Race-day registration is $30, with all proceeds going to the American Cancer Society.

    There will also be a fun run and walk on the park trail.

  • A chili supper cookoff will be from 5 to 8 p.m. March 27 in Kingston Community Center.

    All Kingston city departments will be participating and competing for the Golden Ladle Award in this fundraising event which benefits Smokin’ the Water 2014, the annual July 4 celebration and fireworks show.

    Tickets are $5 in advance, $7 at the door. A silent auction is planned. Call 376-1356 for details.