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Today's Features

  • The Henry Center, a program of the Michael Dunn Center, chose Oct. 29 as a day of recognition for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

    Youngsters donning their pink in observance of the month are Lukas Hanousek, Cadyn Newman, Walter Poland, Anaya Patel, Ally Freels, Bryson Brackins, Abbigail Welch, Mylaah Chatman, Isabella Whittenbarger, Zayden Vanover, Karissa Vanover, Opal Morris, Bella Williams, Zailyn Dyer, James Reid, Sam Segatto, Ta’Naya Scandlyn, Jaxon Armes, Preston Pugh, Kelley Cleveland and Tom Evans.

  • Piney Grove Baptist Church, Midtown, recently called Thomas Baines as its pastor.

    Baines, a native of Lebanon, is a 1965 graduate of Donelson High School.

    He graduated with an associate’s degree in 1971 from Cumberland Junior College in Lebanon.

    He received a bachelor’s degree in 1973 from Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro.

    He served in the U.S. Army from 1966-68 and served in Vietnam in 1967.

    From 1973-80, Baines was a teacher and coach at Lebanon High School.

  • Grace Community Church, Kingston, will stand with churches in Houston on Nov. 2 to protect religious liberty.

    “We will be hosting a viewing of the live simulcast of the ‘I Stand Sunday’ event,” said Ralton Emory of the church.

    “This 90-minute simulcast is open to all, and we invite all who stand for religious liberty to join us that evening.”

    The simulcast will start at 7 p.m. in Grace Christian Church at 438 W. Race St.

  • Pumpkin Patches
    • Rockwood First Christian Church will have its annual pumpkin patch through Oct. 31. Hours are from noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, with pumpkins and gourds of all sizes and varieties available. Groups are welcome, and plenty of photo opportunities are available. The church is at 328 W. Rockwood St.; visit www.rockwoodfcc.org or call 354-1753 for details.

  • Mid-South Wrestling Association returns to Harriman next month, with part of its proceeds going to the M-14 Ministry, which serves the hungry in the Harriman area.

    Doors open for the Nov. 1 show at 6:30 p.m., with bell time at 7:45 p.m. in Harriman American Legion Hall at 624 Morgan St.

    In addition to a championship matchup, the Headlocks on Hunger event will feature a super junior heavyweight tournament.

    Tickets are $8. Children 4 and younger are admitted free.

  • Editor’s note: As Ellen Probert Williams continues her respite, we share one of her classic columns, first published on Oct. 24, 2012.

    Using pumpkins as jack-o’-lanterns for Halloween is an American idea — an adaption of the medieval custom of making lanterns out of hollowed-out turnips.

    Those in medieval England, Scotland and Ireland believed elves, ghosts and fairies haunted the Earth. It was customary to build huge bonfires to ward them off.

  • Historical newspaper records once available only through long hours of research can now

    be accessed within seconds.

    In a lecture on Oct. 29, project coordinator Louisa Trott will talk about the scope of The Tennessee Digitization Project, its value to researchers and how it can be accessed.

    Trott will also give examples of the many types of information to be found in newspapers from the period.

    The lecture, free and open to the public, will begin at noon in the East Tennessee History Center at 601 S. Gay St., Knoxville.

  • Lee Curtis, a recognized expert on heritage tourism, will be the guest speaker during a community meeting to gather input on the future of American Museum of Science and Energy operations.

    The city of Oak Ridge and the museum Foundation invited Curtis, director of program development and legislative liaison for the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, to be the featured speaker in the fourth community public meeting.

    The meeting will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 23 in the museum at 300 S. Tulane Ave., Oak Ridge.

  • The Roane County News took a bite out of the Big Apple when it accompanied Mackenzie Leach on a fall break trip to New York City.

    The pair pause for a photo in Central Park on their big site-seeing tour.

    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.

    You may drop off photos at the newspaper office at 204 Franklin St., Kingston, or email to newsroom@roanecounty.com.

    Happy travels!

  • Kingston’s Nanthawan Dye was recently awarded second place in the 2014 Watermelon Carving Contest.

    Dye’s entry, which took honors in the “Most Elegant” category, was among the elegantly etched and creatively carved watermelons from across the globe submitted for the contest, sponsored by the National Watermelon Promotion Board.

    “We were wowed by the nearly 100 contest submissions this year — the most we’ve ever received,” said Stephanie Barlow, National Watermelon Promotion Board director of PR and social media.