Today's Features

  • Gas prices are still creeping up in some parts of the Southeastern United States, but motorists are forecast to pay the lowest summer gas prices since 2009.

    In comparison to this same date last year, motorists in Tennessee are saving 92 cents per gallon.

    “Prices should begin to drop later this month as refiners around the nation complete their maintenance switch over to produce summer-fuel grades,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman for AAA-The Auto Club Group.

  • The U.S. Department of Energy’s 2015 Oak Ridge facilities public bus tour is now offered to visitors through November.

    This popular tour of the 33,000-acre DOE Oak Ridge Federal Reservation offers visitors a first-hand look at all of the DOE’s Oak Ridge facilities and provides historical commentary on the transformation of the Oak Ridge Reservation in more than 70 years.

    Since its inception in 1996, the DOE public tour program has attracted about 35,000 visitors from all 50 states.

  • A “Super Hero Magic Show” is the next installment in Kingston Public Library’s annual summer reading program.

    Barry Mitchell will headline the show on June 10 in the library at 1004 Bradford Way.

    “Every Hero Has a Story!” is the theme of this year’s program, which will continue each Wednesday through the end of the month at 10 a.m.

    A photo shoot and tattoos are planned for June 17.

    Police and firefighters will represent hometown heroes in the final program on June 24.

  • 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.