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Today's Features

  • Registration for “The Chase,” a 5K race and 1-mile family fun walk to raise money for infant loss awareness, will be at 8 a.m. Sept. 27 at Fort Southwest Point Recreational Park, Kingston.

    This is Grace Community Church’s second annual race, which raises awareness and funds for sudden infant death syndrome.

    The race is in loving memory of Chase Austin Ruffner.

    Chase, infant son of church members Isaiah and Brittany Ruffner, lost his life to sudden infant death syndrome.

  • Redeemer Lutheran Church, Midtown, recently celebrated the 25th anniversary of Pastor Michael Miller’s ordination into the ministry.

    The celebration on Sept. 7 includes, from left, the Rev. Steven Scov, the Rev. Robert Pfaff, the Rev. Roger Paavola, Miller and the Rev. Bill Couch.

    The church is at 1658 Roane State Hwy.

  • The youth of New Midway Baptist Church, Kingston, will have a fish fry on Sept. 27 in the church’s family life center on New Midway Road.

    The church’s youth are planning to go on a number of missions trips this year, and the proceeds from the fish fry will go toward the cost of those trips.

    The fish fry will be from 5 to 7 p.m.

    Tickets for all-you-can-eat crappie and catfish, with all sides, are $11 per person.

    They are available from any New Midway Baptist member, or they may be purchased at the door.

  • The circle is an ancient symbol for eternity.

    A circle has no beginning — and no end. Wreaths and wedding rings express this symbol.

    Pliny wrote a book, “Natural History” in ancient times. From that, we learn the many market gardens of Athens supplied the city with flowers, vegetables and wreaths.

    The flowers were raised mainly for garland and wreath makers. They formed a distinct trade.

    Wreaths were an important part of every festive occasion in ancient times. They were used to adorn statues and altars.

  • The Tennessee Arts Commission is accepting nominations for the 2015 Governor’s Arts Awards.

    The awards are Tennessee’s highest honor in the arts. They recognize individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to cultural life.

    “The awards provide an opportunity to recognize the state’s rich cultural heritage, and reward creative excellence in the arts,” said Anne Pope, executive director of the Tennessee Arts Commission.

  • Family-oriented fun for all ages is on tap at Bethel Presbyterian Church’s annual fall festival.

    This year’s festival will be on Sept. 20, with breakfast, marketplace, live entertainment, children’s activities, café and fried pies.

    All proceeds from this year’s festival will benefit the Michael Dunn Center, Mid-East Community Action Agency’s senior nutrition program and Second Harvest Food Bank’s backpack program.

    The church is at 203 S. Kentucky St., Kingston.

  • Oak Ridge’s Guest House/Alexander Inn is the recipient of the Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association’s 2014 Historic Preservation Award.

    The group will present the award to Rick Dover of Family Pride Corp., owner of the Alexander Inn, during a special ceremony at 12:30 p.m. Sept. 18 at the building’s entrance.

    “We’re going to faithfully restore this building to its original look, from the soda-fountain bar in the lobby to the beautiful wide porch out front,” Dover said.

  • Kingston Library Foundation and Roane Choral Society are among the 26 East Tennessee recipients of Tennessee’s Arts Build Communities grants.

    The Library Foundation is receiving money for the 2014 Roane County Student Writers Anthology, an annual publication of student works determined through a contest of Roane Writers Group.

    Roane Choral Society’s “A Child Again at Christmas” concert is the beneficiary of the funds.

  • Ghoulish tales centered around some of the notable homes and buildings in Harriman's elegant downtown return once again in time for the Halloween season.

    Hauntings of Historic Harriman is set this year for Oct. 3-4.

    Tours leave from Walden Street in front of the Harriman Public Library beginning at 8:30 p.m. and leaving every 15 minutes.

    The last tour will be 11 p.m. on Friday and at 10 p.m. Saturday.

    Tickets are $10 and available at Rocky Top General Store, Red Door Antiquities in Harriman and at the gate at the tour.

  • Roane County’s Relay for Life organizers are getting ready for next spring’s big event with their yearly fall kickoff.

    Big changes are happening for the coming year, and they’ll be announced in more detail at the kickoff, which begins at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 9 in Kingston United Methodist Church at 212 W. Church St., Kingston.

    The kickoff will include a chili supper and the awards for 2014 being handed out.

    One of the changes is moving the traditional overnight event to one during the day Saturday.