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Today's Features

  • The Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry and the Dayton Chamber of Commerce recently awarded the coveted Champion of Commerce award to state Rep. Ron Travis.

    Travis, a Dayton Republican, represents part of Rockwood and southwestern Roane County in District 31 of the Tennessee House of Representatives.

    The statewide board of directors for the Tennessee Chamber approves the award for legislators who have demonstrated exemplary efforts in protecting and promoting business and free enterprise at the conclusion of each General Assembly.

  • Obed Wild and Scenic River will kick off the new year with two programs on Jan. 3.

    Join National Park Service rangers for a free cup of coffee and informational session at Lilly Bridge from 10 to 10:30 a.m.

    The Climb With a Ranger program will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., beginning at Lilly Bridge.

    The park will provide all gear for rock climbing. Those participating should bring drinking water and sturdy footwear.

  • An Oliver Springs woman who has long been intrigued by the mystery slayings of two sisters and their 16-year-old errand boy has written a book about the ordeal.

    “Murder by the Springs: An Unsolved Triple Murder in Oliver Springs in 1940” is a 138-page book penned by Danita Ashley, who has researched the story for more than a decade. The book is available on Amazon.com and may be purchased in either paperback or Kindle version.

  • James William Daugherty Sr. and Brenda Sue Daugherty celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary on Dec. 28.

    “God bless you, Mom and Dad,” said their family, which includes Christina Daugherty; David, Sissy and Ethan Christmas; and Bill and Jill Daugherty.

  • Tennessee State Parks will sponsor free, guided hikes on New Year’s Day. Each state park will host its own special hike in the first few days of the New Year.

    The First Hikes begin at 10 p.m. on Dec. 31 at Radnor Lake State Park. Henry Horton, Harrison Bay, Tims Ford, Norris Dam and Pickett state parks will host midnight hikes. The First Hikes will continue throughout New Year’s Day with morning, afternoon and evening hikes.

  • Roane County Executive Ron Woody will be the guest speaker at  2015’s first Oak Ridge League of Women Voters Lunch with the League.
    The program will begin at noon Jan. 6 in the social hall of the Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church’s new location at 809 Oak Ridge Turnpike.
    A significant portion of Oak Ridge is in Roane County, and Roane County government is planning for the future.
    Woody will give his perspective on issues facing Roane County and an update on the state of the county.

  • Babies born at Methodist Medical Center, Oak Ridge, to Roane County parents:

    Oct. 2 — Rebecca and Jeremy Miles, Rockwood. A girl, Emilee Fayth, 6 pounds, 7 ounces. Sibling: Marlee Brooke. Grandparents: Sonya and Raymond Golliher; Sandra and Michael Miles.

    • Jennifer Malinda Al-hussein, Harriman. A girl, Gracelynn Skye, 7 pounds, 5 ounces. Siblings: Addie, Noah and Sophia. Grandparents: Darrell Gann; Dorthey Denise Gann.

  • Bethel Presbyterian Church, Kingston, will showcase unique displays of Nativity scenes from around the world during its Festival of the Nativity at 2 p.m. Dec. 28.

    Groups are welcome to view the displays.

    Cookies and hot cider will be served.

    The church is at 203 S. Kentucky St.

    Call 376-6340 for details.

  • Benchmark Church, Oliver Springs, will open its doors on Jan. 4.

    The church will be at 961 E. Tri County Blvd. in the Norwood School zone.

    Benjamin Blankenship, a multi-ple-award-winning Southern Gospel artist, will be the church’s pastor.

    “Come to a great new church with a profound emphasis on Southern Gospel, country Gos-

    pel, Bluegrass Gospel and praise music in worship,” Blankenship said.

  • AAA and Bud Light urge motorists to plan ahead for the holiday weekend if they will be out drinking. This means choosing a designated driver, staying where you are celebrating, using a cab or finding another form of sober transportation.

    “It is imperative that motorists plan ahead,” said Gerry Gutowski, senior vice president, Automotive Services, The Auto Club Group. “For those that have no other safe option, Tow to Go is available.”