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Today's Features

  • Kingston Lions Club will take donations for its White Cane Days in the Kingston area on Oct. 15-18.

    Martin Skinner, longtime Kingston Lions Club member, explains that White Cane Days are the period in which Lions Clubs solicit funds from the public to support district programs that assist visually handicapped individuals.

    “Typically, these programs are East Tennessee Lions Eye Bank, Leader Dog for the Blind, Lions Volunteer Blind Industries [and] Tennessee School for the Blind,” Skinner said.

  • Rockwood Civitan Club’s 2014-15 officers were inducted late last month.

    They include, from left, Treasurer Mark Clem, Secretary Bob Layton, President Teresa Kirkham and President Elect Loren Bone.

    Rockwood Civitan Club’s next meeting will be at noon Oct. 10 in Junior’s Restaurant.

    The worldwide mission of Civitan International is to build good citizenship by providing a volunteer organization of clubs dedicated to serving individual and community needs, with an emphasis on helping people with developmental disabilities.

  • Susan Wann of Southwest Point Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution recently won first place in the American Heritage Fiber Arts - Quilting contest sponsored by the Tennessee Society Daughters of the American Revolution.

    The quilt memorializes Wann’s family, the Winstons, form 1681 through 2012.

    Blocks of the quilt include pictures and information documenting the migration of her ancestors from Virginia to California. Each state is listed in the quilt border.

  • Rob and April Viar announce the forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Brittanie Nichole Viar, to Benjamin Drew West.

    He is the son of David and Sharon West.

    The ceremony will be on Oct. 11 at the Shipwash farm. Formal invitations have been sent.

    The bride-elect is a graduate of Midway High School and Tennessee Wesleyan College. She teaches third grade at Sweetwater Elementary School.

    The prospective groom is a graduate of Tellico Plains High School. He is head foreman at GUBMK Contractors at Watts Bar Dam, Meigs County.

  • Our deepest sympathy is extended to the family of Jay Bee Dickens Jr., who recently passed away.

    He was a faithful member of the American Legion Post 232 of Harriman and a veteran of the U.S. Army.

    Some survivors include his wife Elizabeth Dickens.

    He had three daughters; two sons; mother, Dorothy Dickens; two sisters; three brothers and their family; 15 grandchildren; and a host of other relatives.

    The Rev. Willie Gallaher officiated this service.

    Mr. Dickens’ wish was to be cremated.

  • Collections are underway for coat and jacket donations for Dennis Ferguson’s annual Coats for the Cold.

    Collections continue through Oct. 17 at Midtown Pharmacy, Chase Drugs and Hannah’s Tanning Hut in Harriman, United Community Bank in Kingston, and Live and Let Live Drug Store in Rockwood.

    Coats will be distributed beginning at 2 p.m. Oct. 26 in the garden center at Rockwood Walmart Supercenter.

    Anyone in need of a coat or jacket is encouraged to attend and pick up outerwear to keep them warm during the upcoming cold months.

  • Charles Connor, author and founder of the Harriette Austin Writing Program and the Harriette Austin Writing Conference at the University of Georgia, will conduct an all-day writing workshop on “The Self-Publishing Process.”

    The workshop, “Where and How to Do It: eBooks, Print and Audio,” will be from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 1 in Anderson County United Way office at 161 Robertsville Road, Oak Ridge. The event is the fall workshop of the Tennessee Mountain Writers.

  • Obed Wild and Scenic River will have two programs on Oct. 4.

    Join National Park Service rangers for a free cup of coffee and informational session at Lilly Bridge from 10 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.

    Depending on participant interests and ability levels, participants will travel to one of several different climbing areas around the park.

  • Tony Jordan, retired CIA senior intelligence service officer, will be the guest speaker at the next Oak Ridge League of Women Voters’ Lunch with the League.

    The program will begin at noon Oct. 7 in the social hall of the Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church’s new location at 809 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

    Jordan, who has extensive experience as an operations manager in the Middle East and South Asia, will be addressing what he sees as failures in the U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East.

  • Two of Sir Winston Churchill’s great-grandchildren will be in Knoxville next week to give a lecture on their famous ancestor and his American mother’s role played in the Churchill story.

    Randolph Churchill, with help from his sister Jennie – her great-great-grandmother’s namesake – will give the lecture beginning at noon Oct. 7 in the Bijou Theatre at 803 S. Gay St.

    This lecture is presented by the East Tennessee Historical Society in partnership with the Bijou Theatre.

    Admission is free and open to the public.