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Today's Features

  • Roane Choral Society has formed children’s and youth choirs under the directorship of Brenda Luggie, choral director at Roane State Community College.

    The children’s and youth choirs will perform in the Society’s concert, “A Child Again at Christmas,” at 7 p.m. Nov. 22 in the O’Brien Theatre on the main campus of Roane State.

    No audition is necessary. No fees or dues are required.

    The children’s choir is open to grades 3-6.

  • The annual Roane County Band Festival will begin at 7 p.m. Oct. 6 on the Oliver Springs High School football field.

    Bands from all five Roane County public high schools will perform in this non-competition event of the Roane County Rotary Clubs.

    The event allows members of the bands to see each other’s annual show in a non-competitive atmosphere.

    Admission is canned goods, which will be donated to area food banks.

    Cash donations will be taken during the festival, with the proceeds to be divided between the five bands.

  • Kingston Lions Club will have its annual Moonlight for Sight 5K run on Oct. 4.

    The route begins at Fort Southwest Point, proceeds along the waterfront to Kingston City Park’s Gravel Pit and back.

    The event will begin at 9 p.m.

    Proceeds are used primarily to assist those with vision problems.

    There will also be a “challenge” walk in which walkers will be challenged to complete as many loops as possible around the course at the Fort in one hour.

  • Dean Deatherage, center left, chief professional officer for the Boys and Girls Club of the Clinch Valley, recently presented a status update on the Boys and Girls Club of Roane County to member of the Kingston Rotary Club.

    The Roane County club, housed at Harriman Middle School, provides programs for children and young adults centered around the arts; character and leadership; education and career development; health and life skills; and sports, fitness and recreation.

  • The Pelfreys of Chattanooga — headed by former Gold City lead vocalist Jerry Pelfrey — will be the guest featured group for the 25th annual Dudley Evans Gospel Singers Reunion.

    The silver anniversary event will be from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Oct. 11 at Roane County Park shed 2, Midtown.

    Victorious, with members Evans, Johnny Hamilton, Doug and Susie Johnson, will be the host group.

    A number of area singers and groups will also be involved with the singing.

  • Oliver Springs First Baptist Church will welcome the Rev. Blair Waddell to lead its morning worship service on Oct. 12.

    Waddell is a former Oliver Springs First Baptist youth minister.

    He’s among the visiting former church leaders who have been conducting services in the absence of a full-time pastor.

    Waddell led a thriving youth group during his tenure in Oliver Springs.

    He started studies for his master’s degree while on staff at Oliver Springs First Baptist.

  • Singer-songwriter and Kingston native Woody Wright will make a couple of appearances in his hometown in October.

    Wright is a featured artist with the “Gaither Homecoming” series and a gospel recording artist.

    He will be the guest speaker as he revisits some of his school teachers at the Oct. 10 Roane County Retired Teachers luncheon in Kingston Community Center.

    The meeting will start at 11:30 a.m.

    On Oct. 13, Wright will be the guest artist for Kingston First Baptist Church’s Young at Heart luncheon.

  • Editor’s note: Ellen Probert Williams is taking a brief respite. As she rests up, we share one of her classic columns, first published on Oct. 9, 2013.

    Area markets are featuring enormous pumpkins and, even though it isn’t quite Halloween time, preparations are afoot for that annual day of witches, haunts, goblins and ghosts.

  • U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Samantha M. Adams recently graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio.

    Adams is the daughter of Stanley M. Adams of Sarasota, Fla., Heather J. Raines of Harriman, and Shelia Morton of Dandridge.

    She is the stepdaughter of Robert Raines of Harriman and the sister of Jeffrey L. Adams of Knoxville. Her grandmother is Shelia Adams of Sarasota.

    The airman is a 2007 graduate of Bearden High School, Knoxville.

  • The 15th annual Oak Ridge Street Painting Festival will be from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 4 (rain date Oct. 5) at Roane State Community College’s Oak Ridge campus.

    Dozens of artists will transform concrete sidewalk squares into colorful chalk paintings during this free festival organized by the Rotary Club of Oak Ridge.

    Children’s activities include face painting, chalking and other free activities from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Kid Zone. Music will be provided by the Roane State Celebration Singers at 9 a.m.