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Today's Features

  • Medic Regional Blood Center is partnering with the American Heart Association during February in hopes of helping educate the public about being more heart healthy.

    Statistics show that the number one cause of death in Tennessee is cardiovascular disease and stroke.

    Medic is offering donors the chance to decline their T-shirt thank-you gift and opt to have the value of the shirt donated to the American Heart Association.

  • Glen and Nadine Kinser will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary during a reception hosted by Jack and Diane Woolum.

    The reception will be at 4 p.m. Feb. 2 in Pentecostal Lighthouse Church, Harriman.

    All relatives and friends are invited. The couple requests no gifts.

    The Kinsers were married on Feb. 3, 1944, in Harlan, Ky. He is now 90, and she is 89.

  • Rockwood’s Oak Leaf Lodge 49 Knights of Pythias will join the national Order of Knights of Pythias in celebrating the national organization’s 150th anniversary in February.

    Oak Leaf Lodge will have a commemoration dinner and program on Feb. 15 in the lodge hall. All members, guests and prospective candidates for membership are welcome to attend.

  • The Roane County News had a blast when it went to Universal Studios in Orlando, Fla., with Clay Sexton, Kelly Wright and Tanner Jones on an excursion during winter break.

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

    Be sure to tell us where you — and the News — traveled for a break and photo.

    You may drop off photos at the newspaper office at 204 Franklin St., Kingston, or email to newsroom@roanecounty.com.

    Happy travels!

  • It helps to get all tax documents together before starting on the 2013 tax return.

    Taxpayers will need a Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement, which employers should send by the end of January.

    Give it a couple of weeks to arrive by mail, said Dan Boone, IRS spokesman.

    Those who haven’t received a W-2 by Feb. 14 should follow these steps:

    • Contact employer first and request a W-2 if it hasn’t already been sent. Make sure the employer has the correct address.

  • Preparations for the 12th annual Secret City Festival are well underway, and applications are now available online for vendors and exhibitors.

    Visit www.SecretCityFestival.com and download an application to become involved in this year’s event, which will take place June 13-14 at AK Bissell Park.

    Artists, crafters, exhibitors and food vendors from around the area are encouraged to apply.

  • 25 Years Ago

  • Ferns are very ancient plants.

    They made their earliest appearance about 400 million years ago, with the club mosses and scouring rushes. Both were ancestors of the true ferns still with us today, virtually unchanged from their ancient forms.

    By the end of the 19th century, many great houses in Boston, Philadelphia, Charleston and other cities had greenhouses where ferns and palms were much-favored plants.

    Ferns comprise the highest division of the so-called flowerless plants. They are extensively used as food in some parts of the world.

  • The new year got off to a frigid start as the Tennessee Valley was hit by the lowest temperatures recorded in 20 years Jan. 7-8. The frigid conditions also prompted a new record for electricity consumption across Volunteer Energy Cooperative’s 17-county service area, which includes parts of Roane County.

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    Roane County Heritage Commission recently received a $2,500 donation from Ryman Hospitality Properties of Nashville. State Sen. Ken Yager, center left, representing Ryman, presents the donation to Charlotte Branson, center right, Roane County Heritage Commission president, with board members, from left, Janice Black, Stephanie Wright, Bill Milburn, Darleen Trent, Robert Bailey and Junior Hendrickson. Yager told the group Ryman Hospitality Properties plans to make it a recurring donation.