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Today's News

  • Mr & Mrs. Nelson 50th

    Mr. and Mrs. Charles Nelson will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on April 22.

    Nelson and the former Brenda Adkisson were married on April 22, 1961, in Oliver Springs.

    He is retired from K-25 Site in Oak Ridge, and she is retired from Y-12 Plant in Oak Ridge.

    The couple has a daughter, Lesa McFarland, and a son-in-law, Randy McFarland of Oak Ridge.

    There are two grandchildren, Sam and Evan McFarland.

  • Gathering to mark 90th

    William Thomas “Bill Tom” Ferguson turns 90 years old today, April 13.

    His birthday will be celebrated with a gathering at 2 p.m. April 16 at his home at 211 Ferguson Lane, Kingston.

    No invitations are being sent, but all relatives and friends — especially any World War II veterans — are invited to attend. The family requests birthday cards only.

    Ferguson grew up on a farm, and his family said he still thinks he needs to work from daylight to dark.

    He enjoys music and loves to dance.

  • Melhorn celebrates birthday

    Brenda Melhorn of Rockwood celebrated her 60th birthday on March 27 in St. Paul Lutheran Church, Wartburg, with more than 100 family members and friends.

    She is the daughter of the late Walter and Elsie Melhorn.

    Melhorn has Downs syndrome and lives a good life, thanks to her family and friends, and the love and kindness of friends at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Glen Alice Christian Church and Post Oak Springs Christian Church.

  • Christopher Jayden Lee Howard

    Christopher Jayden Lee Howard turned 1 year old on April 1.

    He celebrated on April 2 with a Toy Story-themed party with relatives and friends at Roane County Park.

    He is the son of Jessica Thomas and Jason Howard of Harriman.

    Grandparents are Danny and Susan Thomas of Harriman and Donna Howard of Lenoir City.

    Great-grandparents are Mary Hilton of Rockwood, James and Darene Jones of Harriman, Frankie Howard of Rockwood and the late Norville E. “Bud” Howard.

  • General Sessions Court

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.

    Paul Arwood, assault Jan. 2, 2009. Dismissed Nov. 1, cost to state. Capias for failure to appear Jan. 11, 2010. Dismissed Nov. 1, cost to state.

    Brandi I. Russell, probation violation June 7. Guilty as charged Nov. 1, convicted.

    Darrell B. Griffin, probation violation July 27, 2009. Dismissed Nov. 8, cost to state. Capias for failure to appear Oct. 4. Dismissed Nov. 1, cost to prosecutor.

  • Easter Egg Hunts
  • Master Gardeners planning plant sale

    Roane County Master Gardeners’ sixth annual plant sale will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 23 at Ladd Landing, Kingston.  

    This is a public opportunity to obtain plants, knowledge and information from volunteers trained through the Tennessee Master Gardener program of Roane County and the University of Tennessee Extension.

    Perennials, annuals, house plants, shrubs, grasses, vines, herbs, trees, vegetables and yard art will be available.

  • 'Music of the Masters' closes out season

    Roane Choral Society will present “Music of the Masters,” its final concert of the season at 3 p.m. May 1.

    The group will be accompanied by a string quartet and piano in the historic Bethel Presbyterian Church, Kingston.  

    The performance will include “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” by Bach, “Hallelujah” by Beethoven, “How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place” by Brahms and other classics.

    There is no admission charge; however, donations will be appreciated.

  • Anthony helping out with Donate Life cause

    Roane County Clerk Barbara Anthony is in the midst of celebrating “Show Us Your Heart Tennessee” in April’s observance of National Donate Life Month.  

    National Donate Life Month is a time to raise public awareness about organ donation and the increasing gap between the number of people whose lives depend upon receiving a transplant and the number of available organs.

  • Rockwood eyes another engineer to head utilities

    Rockwood Water, Sewer and Gas Board members didn’t get their first pick, but they may yet have their civil engineer.

    The Rockwood City Council, sitting as the water board, approved offering the job to Kimberly E. Ramsey, who worked many years as a town engineer and in public works at Farragut.

    “Hopefully, we got a bargain tonight,” said council member Bill Thompson about Ramsey, who sat for a lengthy interview with council members on Monday.