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Today's News

  • The Chase raises funds for infant loss awareness

    Registration for “The Chase,” a 5K race and 1-mile family fun walk to raise money for infant loss awareness, will be at 8 a.m. Sept. 27 at Fort Southwest Point Recreational Park, Kingston.

    This is Grace Community Church’s second annual race, which raises awareness and funds for sudden infant death syndrome.

    The race is in loving memory of Chase Austin Ruffner.

    Chase, infant son of church members Isaiah and Brittany Ruffner, lost his life to sudden infant death syndrome.

  • Silver anniversary of Miller’s ordination

    Redeemer Lutheran Church, Midtown, recently celebrated the 25th anniversary of Pastor Michael Miller’s ordination into the ministry.

    The celebration on Sept. 7 includes, from left, the Rev. Steven Scov, the Rev. Robert Pfaff, the Rev. Roger Paavola, Miller and the Rev. Bill Couch.

    The church is at 1658 Roane State Hwy.

  • New Midway fish fry to benefit youth missions

    The youth of New Midway Baptist Church, Kingston, will have a fish fry on Sept. 27 in the church’s family life center on New Midway Road.

    The church’s youth are planning to go on a number of missions trips this year, and the proceeds from the fish fry will go toward the cost of those trips.

    The fish fry will be from 5 to 7 p.m.

    Tickets for all-you-can-eat crappie and catfish, with all sides, are $11 per person.

    They are available from any New Midway Baptist member, or they may be purchased at the door.

  • Church Calendar: Sept. 19-28

    FRIDAY, SEPT. 19
    • Kingston Church of Christ has its Sewing 4 Souls from 9 to 11:30 a.m. each Friday. Members make clothes for needy children around the world. The church is at 303 N. Kentucky St.; rear parking is available off Loveliss Street. Call Evelyn Landis at 423-334-1490 or 423-507-4683 for details.

  • Bus tour bringing Tennessee first lady here

    Tennessee first lady Crissy Haslam will be in Roane County today — Sept. 19 — as part of the Governor’s Books From Birth 10th anniversary statewide bus tour.

    Haslam and the special bus will be here beginning at 2 p.m. at Harriman’s Pinnacle Pointe shopping center on Hwy. 70 in Midtown.

    The event is free and open to the public.

    Children’s activities and registration for Roane Imagination Library will be available.

  • Artists sought for Street Painting Fest

    Anyone who enjoys drawing upon his artistic skills while sketching a face, animal or colorful scene might like “painting” pictures in chalk on a sidewalk.

    Such artists are encouraged to sign up for the 15th annual Oak Ridge Street Painting Festival.

    This festival will be from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 4 (rain day on Oct. 5) on the sidewalks of the Oak Ridge campus of Roane State Community College on Briarcliff Avenue.

    Artists may start their chalk paintings on the afternoon of Oct. 3.

  • Get ready to indicate interest in arts grants

    East Tennessee Foundation will begin accepting letters of intent for its Arts Fund grants programs on Oct. 1.

    Organizations must be tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizations or other exempt entities in order to be eligible for funding.

    Available grants range from $5,000-$15,000

    and will be awarded to support two-year pro-

    jects.

    Letters of intent must be submitted online to the Foundation no later than Nov. 3.

    A select number of organizations will be invited to submit full proposals early next year.

  • Lots to see and do at Kingston Country Fair

    Kingston Country Fair organizers are touting this year’s annual event as “the largest craft fair in Roane County.”

    The festivities, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 4 at Southwest Point at 1226 S. Kentucky St., feature a collection of some of the finest handcrafters in East Tennessee.

    Admission is free. Door prizes will be given away each hour throughout the day.

    Attractions also include a classic car show, 4-H shows with a petting zoo, horse and riding demonstrations.

  • Roane State opens new building on OR campus

    Gov. Bill Haslam said the effort to build the new Goff Health Sciences and Technology Building on Roane State Community College’s Oak Ridge campus “shows what happens when a community really cares.”

    The building, he said, will also help the state meet his goal to get 55 percent of Tennesseans equipped with a college degree or certificate by the year 2025.

  • New scholarship for visually impaired students

    The Debbie Van Cleave Memorial Scholarship has been established through East Tennessee Foundation to benefit legally blind students pursuing high education.

    The scholarship is in memory of Debbie Van Cleave, an East Tennessee award-winning artist whose talent in pottery was not diminished by the fact that she was blind.

    Scholarship applications, detailed descriptions and eligibility criteria for 2015 will be available beginning Dec. 1 at www.easttennesseefoundation.org.