Today's Features

  • Obed Wild and Scenic River will have two programs on June 6.

    Join National Park Service rangers for a free cup of coffee and informational session at Lilly Bridge from 8:30 a.m. 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.

    The Climb with a Ranger program is an excellent introduction to rock climbing for individuals who have always wanted to try the activity.

  • Oak Ridge Utility District treats Kingston city employees, including, from left, Firefighter Jay Settles, Police Investigator Keith Kile, Council Member Norm Sugarman and Water Department employee Jimmy Agee, to an annual “thank you” fish fry buffet.

    They were among 41 at the Kingston City Park pavilion who had a meal of fried fish, hushpuppies and cole slaw. \

    “We appreciate being part of the Kingston community and especially value the relationship we have with the city employees,” said Jeff Patterson, ORUD operations manager.

  • Harriman Public Library board, staff and patrons plan to honor Barbara Pelfrey Milsaps with a reception next week.

    The reception will begin at 6 p.m. June 4 in the library at 601 Walden St.

    Milsaps has retired from her longtime post as Harriman library director.

    She is being honored “for her 38 years of loving service to the library and the community,” said Tammie Edwards, Harriman library director.

    “Thank you, Barbara. We love you.”

  • The Tennessee Polk Salad Festival will return to the David Webb Riverfront Park in Harriman on June 6.

    The regional arts, crafts and food festival, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., is an annual event of the Arts Council of Roane County.

    “Art touches us all, and the festival will encourage feelings of creativity and self-expression for all as everyone is encouraged to express their creative talents through music, performance, literature and visual arts,” said Arts Council member Becky Brunton.

  • Christian comedian Jamey Ragle talks family and the physical calamities of getting old to a roomful of people recently at Kingston Community Center.

    Ragle’s routine was a preview of Re:Ignite 2015, a three-day service at Kingston’s Impact Church on Decatur Hwy.

  • Clymersville Baptist
    “Journey off the Map” is the vacation Bible school theme at Clymersville Baptist Church, Rockwood. Classes for preschoolers through adults will be from 6 to 8:30 p.m. May 31-June 3 in the church at 662 Clymersville Road.

  • A number of area singers will be featured this weekend during the annual C.S. “Sonny” Harvey Memorial Gospel Singing.

    The singing will begin at 6 p.m. May 30 in the former Beech Park gymnasium on Butler Mill Road, Oliver Springs.

    Featured singers include Crimson River, Pastor Robbie Leach, Eternal Life, Pastor Garvan Walls and Joyce Vespie Weaver.

    The annual singing benefits an Oliver Springs association while honoring the memory of Harvey, a longtime Oliver Springs businessman, community and civic leader who died in January 2013.

  • Roane County United Way has completed its annual community investment process of awarding funds to organizations that provide services to improve the lives of Roane County citizens.

    Some changes were made to the application process and the focus when awarding candidates this year.

    In the past, United Way’s business model focused on the “direct impact” of the services being provided to improve the lives of individuals and families.

  • The Roane County Health Department has staff trained and certified to offer a program to help pregnant women quit smoking and stay quit.

    “We know the harm tobacco use causes to the mother and unborn child,” said Laurie Adams, executive director of the Baby & Me Tobacco Free Program.

    “This program is research-based and proven to help pregnant women quit smoking and stay quit.”

    The program is based in Jamestown, N.Y.

  • Obed Wild and Scenic River will have a special bear program from 1 to 2:30 p.m. May 30 in Obed Visitor Center at 208 N. Maiden St., downtown Wartburg.

    Children and adults are welcome to stop by and hear a park ranger describe the habits and mannerisms of black bears.

    Immediately afterward will be a free Junior Ranger program for ages 5-12.

    Participants will complete a Junior Ranger booklet, filled with fun puzzles, mazes, trivia, and information on the park and its variety of resources.