Today's Features

  • It’s summertime, and time for the Rockwood Public Library’s 2015 summer reading program.

    This is the 27th annual statewide summer reading program in Tennessee. The theme is “Every Hero Has a Story!”

    “We will be exploring all heroes — real and fiction — this summer,” said Rockwood Library Director Margaret Marrs. “These programs are designed not only to encourage the individual reading habits of older kids, but also to inspire and delight preschoolers.”

  • “Every Hero Has a Story,” the 2015 summer reading at Harriman Public Library, kicks off June 17.

    HABIT — or Human-Animal Bond in Tennessee — will have representatives at the library at 601 Walden St.

  • A number of activities are planned for “Transform Yourself and Read!” Harriman Public Library’s 2015 Teen Summer Reading Program.

    All programs are from 2 to 3 p.m. each Thursday in July. The program could extend past the designated time.

    Activities get underway on July 9, with “Divergent and The Hunger Games T-Shirt Designs.”

    Discussions will focus on females coming into power in books and on screen, as well as male vs. female heroes.

  • The first in a series of five workshops to help nonprofit agencies will be on June 12 in Roane County United Way offices in Midtown.

    The workshop, “Board Development,” will be from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The United Way offices are at 2735 Roane State Hwy.

    “An effective board of directors is essential for a nonprofit organization to be successful,” said Dina Jackson, United Way executive director.

    “This workshop details the characteristics of high-performance boards.”

  • Louise Warmley has seen far too many people die far too early.

    Her father and two uncles were taken by heart attacks. Siblings died as a result of cancer and lung disease.

    But, on the other hand, there was her mother.

    “She died six hours before she turned 100,” Warmley said with a grin. “Her hands were never idle, except when she was asleep.”

    It is obvious that Warmley, 95, inherited her mother’s life expectancy and strong work ethic.

  • The Best Barbecue Ribs on Strutt Street barbecue cookoff will begin at 11 a.m. June 13 at 180 Strutt St., Oliver Springs.

    All proceeds from the entry fee go toward development of Oliver Springs’ Carmichael Park.

    Contestants will need to bring one slab of ribs to be prepared on site for judging; contestants may bring their own table and chairs for the event.

    Contact Julia H. Daniel at 789-0846 or julia daniel@comcast.net; or the Rev. David A. Benjamin at 249-3856 or davessportsgrill@comcast.net for details.

  • The Obed Wild and Scenic River will host Fish with a Ranger Day on June 6.

    This is Tennessee’s Free Fishing Day, and no license will be required for participation in this program.

    Fishing is a popular outdoor sport across the nation, and it is a great way for families to spend quality time together.

    Free Fishing Day is always the Saturday of the first full week in June. Anyone (resident or non-resident) of any age can fish free without a license in Tennessee’s public waters on June 6.

  • Tired of the usual lunch offerings?

    Leadership Roane County’s Class of 2015 will have a barbecue boxed-lunch fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, June 15.

    Hosted by Jamestowne Assisted Living at 851 Lawnville Road in Kingston, the food is available for drive-up or delivery.

    Questions? Call or text 293-7680 or email watersmh@roane


    Proceeds will benefit Round About Roane, a Mid-East Community Action Agency elder transportation program. The agency serves Roane and Loudon counties.

  • While hazy, hot and humid weather approaches East Tennessee, Roane County’s Reva Clark has colder conditions in her thoughts.

    Clark is sharing a couple of pictures that were taken during a wintertime baptism in the Laurel Bluff area.

    A hole was cut into the ice of the lake’s backed-up waters to make way for the religious rite, apparently performed by Preacher Lewis Holt.

    “I’ve tried to find out who they are,” Clark said, “and the preacher is the only one I’ve found out who is.”

    • Horizon Yacht Club will have a Blessing of the Fleet service beginning at 10 a.m. at Blue Springs Marina, Ten Mile. Luminary United Methodist Church Pastor Chuck Griffin will be the service officiant.