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Today's Features

  • The Tennessee Department of Agriculture has issued a public advisory for an undeclared peanut allergen in 5-ounce containers of Pride of Szeged Hungarian Spice paprika.

    The paprika is distributed by Spice Co. of Avenel, N.J.

    On Jan. 12, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture conducted routine retail food product sampling in the Cleveland area.

  • Caris Hospice is seeking volunteers to work with patients and families coping with a terminal illness in Roane County.

    Patient visitation and caregiver respite, administrative and special-projects volunteers are needed.

    “Please join us to share a smile or laugh, organize the office or make a gift for our patients,” said Jennifer Wilson, hospice volunteer coordinator.

    “Overwhelmingly, our volunteers report they receive blessings during this sacred time.”

  • Special music and messages were given during a service celebrating the spiritual legacy of the civil rights leader on the eve of his birthday.

    Rockwood church leaders under the name People for the Dream organized the event in Rockwood Christian Church, Disciples of Christ.

    “The whole movement was born out of the church,” said Bea Thomas, Speights Chapel AME Zion Church pastor, prior to the event.

  • The Roane County News was chasing sun and fun when it went to Aruba with Wayne and Erna Tipps over the holidays.

    “The weather was wonderful,” the couple said. “We missed the annual ‘cold spell’ in Tennessee.”

    Planning a vacation?

    Take your Roane County News along and pose with it to be included in an upcoming issue.

    Be sure to tell us where you — and the News — traveled for a break and photo.

  • The Episcopal Churchwomen of the Diocese of East Tennessee will present a symposium on the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the ordination of women in the Episcopal Church.

    “Telling the Stories” will be on Feb. 21 in Knoxville’s Episcopal Church of the Ascension at 800 Northshore Drive.

    Registration begins at 9 a.m. The program starts with coffee and pastries at 9:30.

  • East Tennessee Foundation is now accepting applications for funding from the Butterfly Fund of East Tennessee Foundation.

    Organizations must be tax-exempt 501(c)(3) or other exempt entities and submit proposals directly related to support of pediatric oncology research, treatment and/or services.

    Funds totaling $50,000 are available to award, and organizations may apply for the entire amount or a portion of funds available.

    Using an online grant application system, applications must be submitted no later than Feb. 27 to be eligible for funding.

  • While everyone was dealing with the bitter cold temperatures, Steve and Mona Bolden took their Roane County News on a cruise to the Southern Caribbean to celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary, Jan. 11-18.

    They said the temperatures were perfect, staying between 79-81.

    They visited San Juan, Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, St. Maarten and Barbados.

    Planning a vacation?

    Take your Roane County News along and pose with it to be included in an upcoming issue.

  • State Sen. Ken Yager has been appointed chairman of the Senate’s state and local government committee for the 109th Tennessee General Assembly.

    The Kingston Republican, who represents the 12th District in the Tennessee Senate, was also chosen to serve on the Senate’s commerce and labor and energy, agriculture and natural resources committees.

  • The U.S. Air Force Band of Mid-America Shades of Blue Jazz Ensemble will perform in a free concert beginning at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 2 in the Princess Theatre in downtown Harriman.

    Although admission is free, tickets are required.

    Tickets can be picked up in advance from Rocky Top General Store at 316 Ruritan Road or Harriman Jewelry Exchange at 509 Roane St., both in Harriman.

    Remaining tickets will be available at the box office on the day of the concert.

  • Lanita Drinnen of Lenoir City and Dewayne Drinnen of Maryville announce the forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Ciera Drinnen of Lenoir City, to Josh Hensley of Lenoir City.

    He is the son of Dale and Debbie Hensley of Kingston.

    The ceremony will be at 5 p.m. Sept. 5 in Bradbury United Methodist Church, Kingston.

    The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Floretta Clark of Lenoir City, the late Joyce Logan of Lenoir City, and the late Ray and Mary Drinnen of Maryville.