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Today's News

  • Churchill’s kin to be in East Tennessee for lecture

    Two of Sir Winston Churchill’s great-grandchildren will be in Knoxville next week to give a lecture on their famous ancestor and his American mother’s role played in the Churchill story.

    Randolph Churchill, with help from his sister Jennie – her great-great-grandmother’s namesake – will give the lecture beginning at noon Oct. 7 in the Bijou Theatre at 803 S. Gay St.

    This lecture is presented by the East Tennessee Historical Society in partnership with the Bijou Theatre.

    Admission is free and open to the public.

  • Dixie Lee part of Harriman downtown royalty

    Blake Rice Kirkland of Harriman, left, presents a sketch of singer and actress Dixie Lee to the Princess Theatre in downtown Harriman.

    Chris Whaley, president of Roane State Community College, a partner in the Princess Theatre operations, accepts the sketch on the theatre’s behalf.

    Lee was born Wilma Winifred Wyatt on Nov. 4, 1911, in Harriman.

    Her brief film career included 1935’s “Love in Bloom.”

  • VEC to pass on TVA’s increase

    The recently approved TVA budget for 2015 and will impact Volunteer Energy Cooperative members.

    “The first thing most people will be interested in knowing about the TVA budget is whether or not it will mean higher electric bills,” said Volunteer Energy Cooperative President/CEO Rody Blevins. “For VEC members, the answer is a small yes.”

    Volunteer Energy supplies electricity to a number of Roane Countians in the South of the River area.

  • ‘Elvis’ to be at October Sky Fest

    Noted Elvis Presley impersonator Greg Johnson will perform for Oliver Springs October Sky Festival on Oct. 18.

    Julia Daniel, the event’s coordinator, said Johnson is scheduled to perform from noon to 2 p.m.

    Joining him will be Pigeon Forge favorite impersonators Jeanette Bradley, who impersonates Dolly Parton, and Phillip Ray with his impression of Johnny Cash.

    Custom and classic cars, hot rods and motorcycles will be on display at the Rocket Boys Rodtoberfest Car Show on Main Street.

  • Rotarians get update on Boys and Girls Club

    Dean Deatherage, center left, chief professional officer for the Boys and Girls Club of the Clinch Valley, recently presented a status update on the Boys and Girls Club of Roane County to member of the Kingston Rotary Club.

    The Roane County club, housed at Harriman Middle School, provides programs for children and young adults centered around the arts; character and leadership; education and career development; health and life skills; and sports, fitness and recreation.

  • Roane Choral Christmas concert set

    Roane Choral Society will present “A Child Again at Christmas” at 7 p.m. Nov. 22 at the O’Brien Theatre on the main campus of Roane State Community College.

    “As we capture the magic of Christmas through the past and present, this concert would be incomplete without the appearance of the Roane Choral Society children’s choir and youth choir, as well as the recipients of the RCS Music Education in Schools Grant,” said Julianne Bailey, a member of the Roane Choral Society.

  • Children’s, youth choirs formed

    Roane Choral Society has formed children’s and youth choirs under the directorship of Brenda Luggie, choral director at Roane State Community College.

    The children’s and youth choirs will perform in the Society’s concert, “A Child Again at Christmas,” at 7 p.m. Nov. 22 in the O’Brien Theatre on the main campus of Roane State.

    No audition is necessary. No fees or dues are required.

    The children’s choir is open to grades 3-6.

  • Pelfreys headline Gospel Singers Reunion

    The Pelfreys of Chattanooga — headed by former Gold City lead vocalist Jerry Pelfrey — will be the guest featured group for the 25th annual Dudley Evans Gospel Singers Reunion.

    The silver anniversary event will be from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Oct. 11 at Roane County Park shed 2, Midtown.

    Victorious, with members Evans, Johnny Hamilton, Doug and Susie Johnson, will be the host group.

    A number of area singers and groups will also be involved with the singing.

  • Former youth minister to lead OS First Baptist service Oct. 12

    Oliver Springs First Baptist Church will welcome the Rev. Blair Waddell to lead its morning worship service on Oct. 12.

    Waddell is a former Oliver Springs First Baptist youth minister.

    He’s among the visiting former church leaders who have been conducting services in the absence of a full-time pastor.

    Waddell led a thriving youth group during his tenure in Oliver Springs.

    He started studies for his master’s degree while on staff at Oliver Springs First Baptist.

  • Kingston native Wright singing in hometown

    Singer-songwriter and Kingston native Woody Wright will make a couple of appearances in his hometown in October.

    Wright is a featured artist with the “Gaither Homecoming” series and a gospel recording artist.

    He will be the guest speaker as he revisits some of his school teachers at the Oct. 10 Roane County Retired Teachers luncheon in Kingston Community Center.

    The meeting will start at 11:30 a.m.

    On Oct. 13, Wright will be the guest artist for Kingston First Baptist Church’s Young at Heart luncheon.