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Today's Features

  • Planning for Oliver Springs’ seventh annual October Sky Festival and Pageant is in full swing, and applications for interested vendors and exhibitors are now available on line.

    Applications may be downloaded at www.octoberskyfestivaltn.org.

    This year’s event will be on Oct. 18 at Arrowhead Park. Sept. 1 is the application deadline.

  • Rockwood’s Maurice Greif has penned a third book, “80-Plus Years of Greif: My In-Laws, The Bernards of Rockwood.”

    “There is a lot of information about the families, its beginnings, etc.,” Greif said.

    “This book contains lots of early pictures and information about the Stone and Bernard families.”

    Greif, a longtime Rockwood resident and businessman, said he would not be in Rockwood had it not been for the Bernards and his wife, the former Carolyn Bernard, who passed away in May 2000.

  • The Council of Catholic Women at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Harriman, recently presented a $1,000 scholarchip to Cynthia Roberts.

    Roberts, a 2014 Roane County High School graduate, finished with a 3.85 grade-point average.

    She was president of both the Key Club and Future Business Leaders of America.

    She was also secretary of both DECA and the Beta Club, and she served as a woodwind section leader in the Roane County High School Band.

  • Oral Baptist Church, Roane County, will have a special patriotic program on July 2.

    The free community event begins at 7 p.m. and features the Whitestone Singers.

    Under the direction of Eugene Hattaway, the group is a favorite at Whitestone Country Inn during the Christmas and Fourth of July seasons.

    The Whitestone Singers perform

    annually for candlelight tours at Biltmore Estate in Asheville, N.C., and participate in the chorus for the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

  • The Farm Hands Bluegrass Quartet will give a free gospel concert at 5 p.m. July 13 in Midtown Valley United Methodist Church.

    The church is at 1625 Roane State Hwy. A love offering will be taken, and a potluck supper will follow the concert.

    Call Diane at 376-6877 for information.

    The Farm Hands Bluegrass Quartet performs more than 150 dates per year.

    The quartet’s album, “In a Country Town,” is the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America’s 2014 Album of the Year.

  • Perhaps now is the time to give recognition to a native American plant that grows abundantly in 48 states.

    The seeds of this plant are high in vitamin C and are enjoyed equally by people and birds.

    And its showy flower heads grow to monumental proportions.

    Of course, a sunflower with a bloom 1 foot or more across is hard to miss — and it is fully spectacular enough to merit some attention.

  • 25 Years Ago

  • Obed Wild and Scenic River will have a guided night sounds hike beginning at 9 p.m. June 28.

    Those wishing to participate in this free event are asked to meet at the Lilly Overlook parking area.

    The hike will progress from there to the overlook and back as a ranger guides the group through the collage of sounds on the trail.

    The less-than-half-mile round-trip hike is open to all ages.

    Children participating must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the program.

  • Westel Fire Department’s monthly fundraising dinner on June 20 will be hosted by Woodmen of the World Chapter 900.

    The cookout, with hamburgers and hot dogs, will be from 4 to 7 p.m. at the fire hall west of Rockwood on Hwy. 70 in the Westel community.

    Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children, with all proceeds benefiting the fire hall.

    Call Terry Carter at 388-6846 for further details.

    Woodmen of the World will have this event in honor of Flag Day, which was June 14.

  • Members of Kingston Police Explorers Post 376 who are leaving this summer for the U.S. armed services were honored.

    The post also recently raised $1,200 for the Wounded Warrior Project.