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Today's Features

  • Babies born at Methodist Medical Center, Oak Ridge, to Roane County parents:
    Oct. 28 — Kayla and Christopher Pierce, Kingston. A girl, Alisa Louise Lynette, 7 pounds, 1 ounce. Sibling: Brennan. Grandparents: Lena Honeycutt; David Malosh; Wayne Honeycutt; Jeannie Pierce; Rodney Pierce.

    Nov. 1 — Kelly Meredith and Michael Burton, Oliver Springs. A boy, Ke’son Alexander, 6 pounds, 0 ounces. Siblings: Madison and Lacy. Grandparents: Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Ward; the late Mr. and Mrs. Richard Burton.

  • Probably the most popular flower in the world is the rose.

    The most beautiful member of the Rosaceae family, the rose originated in Asia Minor.

    This marvelous flower is one of the oldest in cultivation. It was considered a very old bloom 5,000 years ago, when it was featured in the royal gardens of ancient Asia and Africa.

    Roses have been symbols of poetic fantasy since the dawn of civilization, perhaps even before written history.

    From the biblical Rose of Sharon in Song of Solomon to this day, they have been symbols of love.

  • Our deepest sympathy is extended to the families of Jadah Gallaher and Roderick Drummond, who lost their lives due to an accident.

    There are a lot of prayers from concerned people.

    Jadah is the daughter of the Rev. Willie and Sister Missy Gallaher.

    Rod, as we call him, was a wonderful young man. He came from a Christian home.

    They will be missed. Let’s continue to lift both families in prayer.

    Get-well wishes to Darius Gallaher and Hunter Crass, who were hurt in the train and car accident.

  • Roane County University of Tennessee Extension will conduct a three-session Canning College this month.

    Classes will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Thursday from June 12-26 in Roane County United Way, Midtown.

    Those wishing to participate are asked to register by June 10 by calling 376-5558.

    The $50 fee covers cost of ingredients, supplies, a food preservation book and at least one take-home item prepared in each class session.

    Justin Thomas, UT Extension agent, will conduct the class.

  • Mid-East Community Action Agency will have its quarterly distribution of USDA commodity foods this month.

    The distribution for Roane County recipients will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 19 in Harriman Church of God at 3106 Roane State Hwy., Midtown.

    All commodity food recipients should be certified before the deadline date.

    Those receiving the foods are advised to bring a bag to in which to carry the food.

    All recipients must pick up their commodities or arrange to have them picked up.

  • Roane Writers Group will have its fundraising gala from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Sept. 20 in Rockwood Events Center in downtown Rockwood.

    The venue offers a raised stage with theater lighting, dining and dancing areas for up to 300.

    A silent auction, food, a variety of beverages and music will be featured during the gala.

    All proceeds from the event will benefit the group’s annual Roane County Student Writing Contest awards and scholarships.

    Contact B.J. Gillum at bjgillum@comcast.net or 354-8658 for more information.

  • State Rep. Kent Calfee sponsored a resolution in the last Tennessee General Assembly session to honor Oliver Springs’ Janelle Arthur for her success in the music industry.

    Arthur finished in the top 5 of the 12th season of “American Idol,” a FOX-TV talent-show-style program, in 2013.

  • Michele R. Daniel will be the guest speaker during the annual Edgar Fritz Memorial Scholarship Program at Little Leaf Baptist Church, Oliver Springs.

    The program will start at 4 p.m. June 8.

    The scholarship was established after the death the Rev. Edgar Fritz in August 1978. The church has provided more than 50 scholarships. Daniel is a former recipient.

    Little Leaf Baptist Church is at 228 E. Tri County Blvd.

  • Daniel Palmer recently enhanced the landscape around Kingston’s Bethel Presbyterian Church as his Eagle Scout project.

    Palmer focused on Bethel because of the long-standing relationship between the church and Kingston’s Boy Scout Troop 101, which has met at Bethel for the past 64 years.

    The project was his way of thanking the church because of all he learned and the many years of good experiences during troop meetings at the church. Palmer’s love of plants prompted the landscaping theme.