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Today's Features

  • The Avery Trace Chapter, NSDAR Scholarship Committee, on behalf

    of the chapter, presen-

    ted Linda Brown of the Roane State Foundation with a check for $400 during a recent monthly chapter meeting in Kingston Community Center.

    The money will be used to fund a book scholarship for a Roane State student majoring in history.

    When this is not possible, the foundation selects an honors student in another field of study who is in need of financial support.

  • State Rep. Kent Calfee, left, presents Operation REACH President Randy Ellis with a check for $2,100.

    The money was raised during Calfee’s inaugural spaghetti dinner and dessert auction, with all proceeds from the event going to Operation REACH, a charitable organization that enables children in need to go Christmas shopping every holiday season.

  • A former Tennessee legislator, a pair of engineers, a retired elementary school principal and a builder make up this year's Roane Treasures.

    The group was recognized by Roane County Executive Ron Woody during a Founders Day ceremony earlier this month.

    This year's Golden Treasure is 96-year-old Ida Lou Nelson.

    Treasures and the County Commission districts they represent are Jack Bowman, 1st; Mitchell B. Ollis, 2nd; Thomas Pickel, 3rd; Leonard Morris, 4th; and Arvel McNelley, 5th.

  • Col. Hugh X. Lewis, a BMI Award-winning country music songwriter and performer, will be featured during the Kingston First Baptist Church Young at Heart meeting on Dec. 2.

    The meeting starts at 10:30 a.m. in Kingston United Methodist Church at 212 W. Church St.

    Lewis was designated poet laureate of Christian country music by the Tennessee General Assembly.

    His syndicated television show, “The Hugh X. Lewis Country Club,” was the longest single-sponsored multi-market syndicated broadcast in country music history.

  • Harriman’s Douglass Family Singers will mark the group’s 54th anniversary with a special concert at 4 p.m. Dec. 1 in Believers Voice of Deliverance Church at 306 Spencer Ave., Harriman.

    Darrell McFadden and the Disciples are the special guests.

    Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for 9 and younger, with proceeds helping to pay for special guest singers and benefiting the church.

  • Oak Ridge’s Alexander Inn, historically known as the Guest House, has been stabilized and is prepared for rehabilitation.

    The occasion was marked with an official groundbreaking ceremony earlier this month.

    Family Pride Corp., which has led successful projects in Loudon, Lenoir City and Knoxville, is in charge of the rehabilitation.

    The company plans to transform the Manhattan Project-era hotel into a state-of-the-art assisted-living facility.

  • Although turkey has become the mainstay of our Thanksgiving Day dinners, it is interesting to note that turkey is not listed in the records of the first Thanksgiving dinner.

    They were, however, plentiful in the New England woods at the time.

    Wild ducks, geese, venison, fish, shellfish, all sorts of “sallet,” wild fruits and berries, and wine made from both white and red grapes comprised the menu on that important day.

    The party on that first Thanksgiving celebration was a three-day bash.

  • Jessie Whittington and Shelia Carpenter recently celebrated the completion of their new Roane County Habitat for Humanity homes.

  • 25 Years Ago

  • James and Pamela Foster of Harriman announce the forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Erika Nichole Foster, to Christopher Cory Stafford.

    He is the son of Henson and Elaine Stafford of Harriman.

    The ceremony will be at 4 p.m. Dec. 28 in Riverside Baptist Church, Harriman.

    All relatives and friends of the couple are invited to attend.

    The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Zola Keathley.

    She is a dental assistant with Dr. James D. Walmsley’s dental practice.