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Today's Features

  • Anyone who enjoys drawing upon his artistic skills while sketching a face, animal or colorful scene might like “painting” pictures in chalk on a sidewalk.

    Such artists are encouraged to sign up for the 15th annual Oak Ridge Street Painting Festival.

    This festival will be from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 4 (rain day on Oct. 5) on the sidewalks of the Oak Ridge campus of Roane State Community College on Briarcliff Avenue.

    Artists may start their chalk paintings on the afternoon of Oct. 3.

  • East Tennessee Foundation will begin accepting letters of intent for its Arts Fund grants programs on Oct. 1.

    Organizations must be tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizations or other exempt entities in order to be eligible for funding.

    Available grants range from $5,000-$15,000

    and will be awarded to support two-year pro-

    jects.

    Letters of intent must be submitted online to the Foundation no later than Nov. 3.

    A select number of organizations will be invited to submit full proposals early next year.

  • Kingston Country Fair organizers are touting this year’s annual event as “the largest craft fair in Roane County.”

    The festivities, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 4 at Southwest Point at 1226 S. Kentucky St., feature a collection of some of the finest handcrafters in East Tennessee.

    Admission is free. Door prizes will be given away each hour throughout the day.

    Attractions also include a classic car show, 4-H shows with a petting zoo, horse and riding demonstrations.

  • Rockwood Rotary Club has a number of upcoming projects planned for the next month.

    Today — Sept. 20 — the club is sponsoring seven Rockwood High School juniors at Camp Nakanawa in Crossville for Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, an annual training program.

    Also attending will be five students sponsored by Harriman Rotary Club. Kingston Rotary Club is sponsoring four students for the leadership training.

    Rockwood Rotarians will distribute 196 dictionaries to third-graders at Midtown and Ridge View elementary schools on Sept. 30.

  • A line of pets will begin forming at 2 p.m. Oct. 4 at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Harriman, for the fifth annual Blessing of the Animals.

    Everything from dogs and cats to hamsters and even horses – four legs, two legs, feathered or scaled – all creatures are welcome.

    Light refreshments will be served for all the pets and their caretakers.

    This favorite traditional ceremony may be traced back to the fourth century when animals were first allowed into the church to be blessed.

  • 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.