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Today's Features

  • Roane County United Way will have its annual campaign kickoff from 8:30 to 10 a.m. in Michael Dunn Center on Gallaher Road, Kingston.

    “With 37 partners delivering over 40 programs and services, the Roane County United Way is committed to making lasting changes to Roane County,” said Roane County United Way Director Dina Jackson.

    The event features guest speakers presenting an overview of how United Way mobilizes the caring power of the community and what impact it has through its partners.

  • Anna Mae Moore was born at 2:52 a.m. Aug. 5 in University of Tennessee Medical Center, Knoxville.

    She weighed 6 pounds, 9 ounces and was 20 1/2 inches long.

    She is the daughter of Andrew and Morgan Moore of Kingston.

    Grandparents are Bill and Bernice Koprince of Knoxville, and Curtis and Debbie Moore of Kingston.

    Great-grandparents are Nancy Moore and Nathan Hickey.

    Anna Mae has an older brother, 2-year-old Billy.

  • Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Joe Keel of Tuscaloosa, Ala., announce the forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Hannah Catherine Keel, to Aaron Samuel Leslie.

    He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel M. Leslie of Kingston.

    The ceremony will be on Sept. 7 at Sunny Acres Farm in Louisville, Ky.

    The bride-elect is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Keel of Dothan, Ala., and the late William Henry Burge and Mary Evelyn Huckabee Burge of Linden, Ala.

  • Hazel Ellis Woods, far right, celebrated her 94th birthday with 56 family members and friends on Aug. 2 at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Joyce and Boyd Woody.

    Among the guests were her three surviving siblings from a family of 10 children.

    The siblings include, from left, Lillie Glavich, 92, of Dade City, Fla.; C.V. Terry, 84, of Clinton; J.B. Terry, 90, of Huntsville; and Woods.

  • The annual Roane County Heritage Commission Gala on the Lawn will take place beginning at 6 p.m. Sept. 13 at the historic Roane County Courthouse in Kingston.

    This year’s Heritage Commission honoree will be Eugene Pickel.

    Proceeds from the annual event go toward refurbishing the historic Roane County Courthouse, one of only seven antebellum courthouses remaining in Tennessee.

    Contact Stephanie Wright at 803-9778 or stephanie.wright@era.com for details.

  • Siblings Brock and Kiera Leffew of Kingston started a birthday tradition last year, when they asked family and friends to make donations to The Dream Connection in lieu of buying them gifts.

    The tradition continued this year, with party-goers at the siblings’ pool party at Kingston Community Center giving more than $600 — triple last year’s donation — to the charity.

    The Dream Connection is an East Tennessee-based children’s charity that fulfills dreams of children who are faced with life-threatening or debilitating illnesses.

  • Kingston native Myra Humphrey will present her children’s book, “Pliny the Mouse,” during Kingston Public Library’s next Thursday Night at the Library program.

    The program will start at 6 p.m. Aug. 21 in the library at 1004 Bradford Way.

    Seeking shelter from the cold, Pliny embarks on a fictitious grand adventure that’s based on a true account of an incident at Kingston First Baptist Church.

    Characters in the “Pliny” story share similarities with church organist Nancy Skidmore and Pastor Sonny Works.

  • Farmers and ranchers still have time to apply for low interest 2014 U.S. Department of Agriculture loans available through Tennessee Farm Service Agency’s direct farm ownership program.

    The deadline to submit applications is Sept. 30.

    Eligible producers can borrow up to $300,000 in direct farm ownership loans to buy or enlarge a farm, construct new farm buildings or improve structures, pay closing costs, or promote soil and water conservation and protection.

  • Obed Wild and Scenic River will host an Art in the Park reception beginning at 5 p.m. Aug. 22 in the Obed Visitor Center at 208 N. Maiden St. in downtown Wartburg.

    The event will include a display of photographs from the recent Obed photography contest.

    During the evening, the contest’s winning entries will be revealed.

    The Shelter Road Band will provide a range of Americana, rock and country music as light refreshments are served.

  • Considering the widespread and still-growing interested in gardening, it is not surprising how often the dividing lines between herbs, flowers and weeds become somewhat blurred.

    Some of the plants considered to be the worst weeds turn out to be the most valuable of medicinal herbs, and some of the prettiest of the old-fashioned flowers our grandmothers carefully tended in their gardens turn out now to be classified as weeds.

    It all depends on just what angle you are looking from and what you call it.