Today's Features

  • While hazy, hot and humid weather approaches East Tennessee, Roane County’s Reva Clark has colder conditions in her thoughts.

    Clark is sharing a couple of pictures that were taken during a wintertime baptism in the Laurel Bluff area.

    A hole was cut into the ice of the lake’s backed-up waters to make way for the religious rite, apparently performed by Preacher Lewis Holt.

    “I’ve tried to find out who they are,” Clark said, “and the preacher is the only one I’ve found out who is.”

    • Horizon Yacht Club will have a Blessing of the Fleet service beginning at 10 a.m. at Blue Springs Marina, Ten Mile. Luminary United Methodist Church Pastor Chuck Griffin will be the service officiant.

  • Lloyd Turner, left, and Wayne Woodlee of the Roane County Military Memorial Honor Guard are surrounded by members of the Kingston Boy Scout Troop 101 Color Guard during a special 50th-anniversary celebration at Kingston’s Central Baptist Church last weekend.

    The church commemorated its anniversary with a two-day celebration: Saturday’s was a salute to the military, and Sunday’s had a special church service and luncheon afterward.

  • Harriman’s Courts of Praise food pantry was the recipient of almost 8 1/2 tons of food collected by Harriman letter carriers during the Stamp Out Hunger campaign last month.

    “They feed over 8,000 people a month,” explained Karen Whittle, Harriman Post Office supervisor.

    Whittle said more than 17,000 cans were collected, exceeding last year’s numbers by more than 7,000 pounds.

    She expressed thanks to all who donated to this year’s campaign.

  • Randy Kington, author of “What A Life: How the Vietnam War Affected One Marine,” will speak during the 11 a.m. service on June 7 in Harriman Church of God.

    A free breakfast will be served at 9 a.m. for those who serve the community. The church is at 3106 Roane State Hwy.

    Kington will describe his time as a U.S. Marine in the Vietnam War in 1965-66.

    He will also talk about being critically wounded and of the nine months of recovery and his life that followed.

  • U.S. Army Pfc. Hali B. Morris recently graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

    A 2012 graduate of Midway High School, she is the daughter of Jennifer L. Morris of Cleveland and Clay G. Morris of Kingston.

    Her grandfather is Garvin A. Morris of Lenoir City.

    During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, and physical fitness.

  • U.S. Air Force Airman Mersadies K.L. Pass recently graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio.

    She is the daughter of Scott and Amanda S. Pass of Rockwood.

    Her uncle is Randy C. Pass of Kingston.

    The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

  • Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Carter will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on June 4.

    Mr. Carter and the former Jean Phillips were married on June 4, 1955, in the Frost Bottom community of Oliver Springs.

    He is retired from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and she is retired from ORNL Federal Credit Union.

    The couple has two children, three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

  • Congratulations to A.J. Leverett, who graduated from Vanderbilt University on May 8.

    He received a degree in economics and business.

    He is the son of Bobby and Gloria “Penny” Leverett, grandson of Anthony and Jean Harkness and great-grandson of Ceola Lawrence.

    We wish the best in life for A.J.

    Gary Hickey from Charlotte N.C., came home to Rockwood to be with his mother, Carolyn Griffin, who celebrated her birthday earlier this month along with Herbert Griffin, who had a birthday on May 16.

  • Several East Tennessee area dancers will showcase their talents when “Dancing with the AKAs” is presented on June 13.

    The event, from 7 to 10 p.m. in Knoxville Expo Center’s Grand Event Center Ballroom is a program of the Oak Ridge Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.

    Proceeds will benefit Trinity Out-Reach Center of Hope, Knox Area Rescue Ministries and The Pat Summitt Foundation for Alzheimer’s research.