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Today's Features

  • The Christmas season is a time of year when people often donate to charities such as Rockwood Ministerial Association’s food pantry.

    Donations, however, often fall off when January rolls around.

    That could lead to problems in keeping food on their shelves for the ministry that serves about 500 individuals and families per month.

    “It’s important that we continue receiving donations,” Rockwood Ministerial Association Director Steve Osborne said.

  • Five individuals will be honored for outstanding public service with the Roane County Distinguished Citizenship Award on Jan. 24.

    The awards program will be at 3 p.m. in Bazeltown Baptist Church, Harriman.

    The award was established in 2013 by the Rev. Joseph Weaver, chair-
    man of the Roane County Church Alliance.

    The award honors Roane Countians for exceptional achievement in community service and leadership.

  • SATURDAY, JAN. 16
    • The Singing Cookes and Cooke Brothers will be in concert at 6 p.m. in Swan Pond Baptist Church, Harriman. Admission is free. Call 335-7981 for details.

    SUNDAY, JAN. 17

  • 1. Is the book of Joshua in the Old or New Testament or neither?
    2. What animal did God provide Abraham to sacrifice in place of Isaac? Dove, Calf, Ram, Camel
    3. From Joshua 14, to whom did Joshua give a blessing? Jacob, Caleb, Esau, Himself
    4. The word “ball” is mentioned how many times in the Bible? Only once, 6, 41 113
    5. From Job 39, what bird is cruel to her young? Sparrow, Eagle, Ostrich, Raven
    6. In the Bible, how many men are/were named “Dodo”? 2, 3, 4, 5

  • The Rev. Ben and Becky Whittenbarger will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Dec. 31.

    The were married on Dec. 31, 1965, in Riverside Baptist Church, with Pat F. Howard officiating.

    They have been involved in Christian ministry for most of their marriage.

    The Rev. Whittenbarger pastored two Baptist churches. He last served as pastor of North Rockwood Baptist Church for 31 years. He is now involved with evangelism after retiring two years ago.

  • The community is welcome to attend a special Christmas concert at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 29 in  Kingston United Methodist Church sanctuary.  

    The Peck Sisters will kick off the first in a series of Christmas concerts.

    The concert will feature Christmas, Advent, and Southern gospel selections along with some congregational hymn singing.  

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    Midway native Abraham Lincoln Holder had a big growing season this year — one that was so big he had to use a ladder to pluck tomatoes off his vines. The plants, which grew to more than 12.5 feet, were purchased in South Harriman and grown in Benton, Tenn. Big Boys, Better Boys and Pink Girls were the varieties he planted, and the secret of his success was one most gardeners use. “I bought some dirt that had Miracle-Gro in it,” he explained, “and I put some on it.”

  • The American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Roane County will hold its free kickoff on Tuesday, Nov. 10, at Roane State Community College in room 101 of the O’Brien Building.

    Guests are encouraged to drop in any time between 5 and 7 p.m. to hear about how the American Cancer Society helps save lives from cancer.

    The program will highlight how the community has benefited from funds raised and honor cancer survivors and their caregivers.

  • Harriman’s Tennessee Medieval Faire is introducing Boo-Town, a new outdoor family Halloween event.

    The event is described as a “merry-not-scary treat village,” with crafts, food, beer, entertainment and an optional haunted hayride.

    “If you like safe trick-or-treating and costumed characters, Boo-Town is for you,” said Barrie Paulson, Tennessee Medieval Faire vice president and manager.