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Today's Features

  • Inclement weather led officials at the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge to postpone its International Festival.

    The festival is rescheduled for Feb. 28 in the museum at 461 West Outer Drive, Oak Ridge.

    The same entertainment line-up, food and culture booths originally scheduled are on tap to be there for the rescheduled event.

    Entertainment, crafts and cuisines from cultures around the world will be featured at the International Festival.

    Spice of India Dancers will be the featured performers.

  • A Valentine’s Day spent with a home-cooked meal and candles lit can quickly turn to disaster if fire safety measures are not in place.

    The biggest disaster threat in the United States isn’t floods, hurricanes or tornadoes — it’s fire, reports the American Red Cross.

    The Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters a year — one every eight minutes — and most are home fires.

  • East Tennessee Preservation Alliance is now accepting nominations for the East Tennessee Endangered 8, a listing of the eight most threatened historic sites in the region.

    The goal of the list is to educate property owners, the general public and area leaders about the plight and value of these significant historic resources.

    Nominations are due by March 2. Nomination forms are available online at knoxheritage.org/ETPA.

    The selected Endangered 8 will be announced at 11:30 a.m. April 17 at Historic Westwood, Knoxville.

  • The Tennessee State Library and Archives continues the successful “Looking Back” project during the 2015 Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Signature Event at the East Tennessee Historical Society at 601 S. Gay St., Knoxville.

  • Three women who are respected church mothers in their congregations were recently honored for their impact on their communities.

    Progressive Citizens of Roane County, a new entity in the area, selected Minnie Love, Lillian Eskridge and Alma Fletcher for Distinguished Citizen Awards and honored them at an event at Harriman’s Bazeltown Baptist Church.

    Love, known for her fighting spirit, was recognized with the Distinguished Citizen Award for determination.

  • Two events at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Harriman will mark the beginning of preparation for the most important holy day of the Christian Year — Easter.

    On Tuesday, Feb. 17, an annual feast of pancakes will be served from 5 to 7 p.m.

    The following day, traditional Ash Wednesday services will be at noon and 7 p.m.

  • Tennessee motorists saw pump prices jump more than a dime last week.

    Both the national and state average prices for a gallon of regular unleaded rose 12 cents in seven days.

    “Gas prices increased due to a series of refinery issues in the Midwest and a rise in crude oil prices,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA, The Auto Club Group.

    “Gasoline and oil prices quickly rose mid-week, but stabilized through the weekend.”

  • State Sen. Ken Yager has been named 2014’s Legislator of the Year by TN911, an association of emergency communications districts across Tennessee.

    John Stuermer, the organization’s 2014 president, presented the award.

    “On behalf of TN911 and the folks who work in emergency communications across this state, we want to recognize Sen. [and] State and Local Government Committee Chairman Ken Yager for his commitment to improving the 911 system in Tennessee,” Stuermer said.

  • A blood lab is only one of the many screening services to be provided during Luminary United Methodist Church’s annual free community health fair on Feb. 16.

    The lab and several physicians and medical specialists will provide free screening services from 8 a.m. to noon.

    Call the church at 376-7040 to schedule a free bone density scan appointment from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • Roane County is one of the top three counties in a 16-county area with the highest incidences of breast cancer, a Tennessee Department of Health study reported in 2013.

    That’s why the Roane County Health Department and Roane County United Way are teaming up to serve as Ambassadors for the Susan G. Komen Knoxville breast cancer awareness and education program.

    The study, Cancer in Tennessee, determined that 4,363 new breast cancer cases are annually diagnosed in Tennessee.