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Today's Features

  • Roane Writers Group will host a benefit 1950s Sock-Hop Gala from 5 to 9 p.m. Sept. 20 in Rockwood Event Center.

    Those attending this adults-only bash are encouraged to wear poodle skirts, jeans, pony tails and duck tails, saddle shoes and penny loafers.

    They may also park motorcycles and antique cars in front and go inside to dance to ’50s music by a disc jockey and a band.

    Reservations are $250 for a table of eight or $30 per person; school teachers are admitted for $25.

  • The Roane County News had fun in the sun and got sand between its — er, folds — when it took a trip to Panama City Beach, Fla., with a group of Roane County women.

    Vacationers, from left, Lesi Clough Gibson, Jill Cole, Robin Pitt, Diane Tate, Wendy Mee and Meri Bradshaw Kidd took a break from the rays and waves to pose for us.

    Planning a vacation? Take your Roane County News along and pose with it to be included in an upcoming issue.

  • The Rotary Clubs of Harriman, Kingston and Rockwood recently installed their new officers for the 2014-15 Rotary year.

    Installed during a joint meeting last month in Roane Medical Center’s Roane Rotary Room were new Presidents Holly Tucker of Harriman, Terry Stevens Sr. of Kingston and Eddie Bilbrey of Rockwood.

    The officers were installed by Bobby Davis, a Kingston Rotary Club member and past district governor of Rotary District 6780.

  • Summer months are difficult for several businesses — and the same is true for Medic Regional Blood Center, the community blood provider.

    The organization struggles to reach the daily quota of donors necessary to adequately supply hospitals, said Christi Fightmaster of Medic public relations.

    “Families are busier than usual with kids out of school and planning vacations,” she said. “However, there’s more activities in our area which, unfortunately, can lead to accidents where blood is needed.”

  • The Tennessee Arts Commission has awarded an Arts Build Communities grant to the Roane Choral Society.

    The $3,300 grant is made possible through an appropriation of state funds by the Tennessee General Assembly, federal dollars from the National Endowment for the Arts, and by Tennesseans who buy specialty license plates.

    “This is a very fine performing-arts group,” said state Sen. Ken Yager. R-Kingston.

    “I am very pleased this grant has been awarded for this purpose.”

  • Luminary United Methodist Church, along Watts Bar Lake a few miles south of Kingston, has welcomed a new pastor.

    The Rev. Chuck Griffin officially became the spiritual leader of the 350-member congregation on July 1. He previously served churches in Lexington, Ky., Jonesborough and Kingsport.

  • Molly LaRue, above, keeps a tight grip on her balloon before Cardiff Baptist Church’s big balloon release last week to launch the church’s upcoming vacation Bible school.

    Each balloon released from the church at 2170 N. Gateway Ave., Rockwood, has a special invitation and tag on it. Anyone who finds one of the balloons and returns it to the church during VBS will be eligible for a special prize, said VBS director Les LaRue.

    The VBS theme is Lifeway's Agency’s “D3.”

  • New Mountain View Baptist
    “Gone Fishing: ‘Come, follow me and I will make you fishers of men’ (Matthew 4:19)” is the theme of vacation Bible school at New Mountain View Baptist Church, Oliver Springs. Classes for all ages will be offered from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 14-18 in the church at 381 Mahoney Road; refreshments will be served. Call 435-5242 for details or transportation.

  • SUNDAY, JULY 13
    • St. Mary’s Missionary Baptist Church, Harriman, will celebrate Pastor Jesse and Elfreda Williams for 35 years of spiritual leadership and faithful service. They will be honored during two services: the Rev. Gerald Marshall of Dayton, Ohio, will lead the 11 a.m. service; the Rev. Alvin Douglass of Anointed Praise and Worship Church will be in charge of the 3 p.m. service. The church is at 1038 Trenton St.

  • At the time of the Declaration of Independence of this country, John Adams and several of his associates called for fireworks to express their jubilation ― and we have used them in this way ever since.

    July is a celebration month. There is Independence Day on July 4 as the birthday of our nation as an independent democracy. In France, the commemoration of the taking of the Bastille on July 14 is observed as a turning point in the 18th-century French Revolution. And we celebrate summer vacations and our gardens.