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Today's Features

  • The Roane County News took a bite out of the Big Apple when it accompanied Mackenzie Leach on a fall break trip to New York City.

    The pair pause for a photo in Central Park on their big site-seeing tour.

    Planning a vacation? Take your Roane County News along and pose with it to be included in an upcoming issue.

    Be sure to tell us where you — and the News — traveled for a break and photo.

    You may drop off photos at the newspaper office at 204 Franklin St., Kingston, or email to newsroom@roanecounty.com.

    Happy travels!

  • Kingston’s Nanthawan Dye was recently awarded second place in the 2014 Watermelon Carving Contest.

    Dye’s entry, which took honors in the “Most Elegant” category, was among the elegantly etched and creatively carved watermelons from across the globe submitted for the contest, sponsored by the National Watermelon Promotion Board.

    “We were wowed by the nearly 100 contest submissions this year — the most we’ve ever received,” said Stephanie Barlow, National Watermelon Promotion Board director of PR and social media.

  • Festivals
    • The second annual Senior Street Fair, a partnership between Rockwood Housing Authority and Mid-East Community Action Agency, will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 24 on West Rockwood Street, Rockwood, in front of Martin Manor Apartments. Music, an Elvis impersonator, a chili and cornbread competition for seniors, vendors, marshmallow roast, cake walks and other activities are planned. A warming center will be inside Martin Manor for those needing to get in from the cold.

  • Mr. and Mrs. Ronny Young of Smithville announce the forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Alyssa Anne Young, to Daniel Lee Leslie.

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

    The ceremony will be at 4 p.m. Oct. 25 in Elizabeth Chapel Baptist Church, Smithville.

    The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Violet Pack and the late John W. Pack, and James Young and the late Marie Young, all of Smithville.

  • This past week Carolyn Clemmons spent several days with her son, Roy Clemmons and his family.

    They went to Octoberfest and the Shriner’s Circus in Nashville Municipal Auditorium.

    Carolyn’s grandson, Tennessee, is 22 months old.

    They went to church and ate at Demos Restaurant. It was a fun filled weekend.

    My niece Cheryl Childress celebrated her birthday Oct. 11. Happy birthday Cheryl. I’m sure you had a blessed and happy day.

  • The lionfish invasion and sharks will be topics for the Oct. 23 episode of Classroom Under the Sea.

    One of the most destructive forces in the ocean today is a fish. One of the most misunderstood fish in the ocean is known for its destructive force.

    The lionfish and the shark will be the topics of the next episode of “Classroom Under the Sea,” an online lecture series hosted by two educators living underwater for 73 days.

  • Editor’s note: As Ellen Probert Williams continues her respite, we share one of her classic columns, first published on Oct. 3, 2012.

    Many of the rollicking medieval names for plants have been lost in favor of more prosaic titles, but think how exuberant a garden would be planted with such things as Bouncing Bet, Sweet Sultan, Bobbing Joan, Lustie Gallant, Gardener’s Garters or Glare of the Garden.

  • Emergency management personnel from Y-12 National Security Complex, along with state, federal and area emergency management personnel, will conduct an exercise Oct. 15 at Y-12’s New Hope Center.

    Because of the activities associated with the exercise, New Hope Center on Scarboro Road will be closed to the public from 8 a.m. to noon.

    East Portal Road from Scarboro Road, up to and including Portal 13, will also be closed from 8 a.m. to noon.

    The exercise should be completed by late morning or early afternoon.

  • Festivals
    • Rockwood First Presbyterian Church will have its annual Halloween cookout and hayride from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 29. Food, family-oriented fun and games and Christian fellowship are planned. The church is at 429 W. Rockwood St.

  • Madison Kaye Ariks was born at 9:41 a.m. July 12 in Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center, Knoxville.

    She weighed 6 pounds, 12 ounces, and was 19 1/2 inches long.

    She is the daughter of Chris and Jessica Ariks of Kingston.

    Grandparents are Ronnie and Rhonda Nickell of Oakdale, and the late Angelia Ariks of Kingston.

    Great-grandparents are the late Nancy Edmonds of Pennington Gap, Va., the late Jimmy Nickell and Reva Nickell of Kingston, and the late Ruby Johnson and Lonnie and Sue Johnson of Kingston.