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Today's News

  • ‘Downton Abbey’ style tea to boost Foundation

    Fans of the popular PBS “Downton Abbey” series can immerse themselves in a bit of Downton Abbey during Roane State Community College Foundation’s Upstairs/Downstairs High Tea.

    The high tea will begin at 2 p.m. Jan. 24 in Whitestone Country Inn in Kingston.

    Tickets are $50 for individuals and $75 for couples.

    The event will include entertainment inspired by “Downton Abbey,” a fashion show, a silent auction, traditional tea and plenty of refreshments.

    Proceeds will be used for student scholarships.

  • ‘Moped Preacher’ starts up Roane church

    DeWayne Howard started evangelizing as a child, spreading his message at churches around Roane County.

    The then-pint-sized minister, known by so many as the Moped Preacher because he got around on a white Moped, is all grown up and back in Roane County after being gone for 20 years.

    He’s returned to start up churches in his home county, beginning with Impact Church at 2903 Decatur Hwy., Kingston.

    “For me, it is good to be home,” Howard said. “I’m really glad God sent us back to Kingston.”

  • Heaven Bound to be at Singing in the City

    Heaven Bound of Florida will be the featured guest performers at the monthly Saturday Singing in the City.

    The gospel duo of Randy and Patty Simmons will sing at 6 p.m. Jan. 17 in the Rockwood Event Center at 116 W. Rockwood St.

    They will join host singers Victorious of Rockwood, as well as other singers, including Sandy Shelton and Stephanie Wilson.

    Refreshments will be available in a dinner-style setting.

    Admission is free, but a love offering will be taken.

    Call Dudley Evans at 245-8152 for details.

  • Book signing in Oak Ridge

    Eva Nell Mull Wike will sign copies of her award-winning history book, “Fiddler of the Mountains,” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 17 in Mr. K’s Used Books and CDs Inc. at 374 S. Illinois Ave., Oak Ridge.

    The book includes a CD of her uncle Johnny Mull’s restored mountain music from the 1950s.

    Those buying the book at the signing may opt to have a portion of the proceeds to go to either Boys and Girls Club of Roane County or Oliver Springs Historical Society.

    Email jimwike@comcast.net for more information.

  • Sock Hops headlining Winter Blast

    The third annual Winter Blast could easily become a Valentine tradition for area sweethearts.

    The event, a fundraiser for CASA of the Ninth Judicial District, will be on Feb. 7 in the historic Princess Theatre, Harriman.

    The evening begins at 5 p.m. with a roaming feast provided by Annie’s Catering, Ruby Tuesday and Roane Street Grill in three venues adjacent to the Princess Theatre on Roane Street.

    The Sock Hops will give a concert of four-part harmony with music from the 1950s and 1960s.

  • Community health fair coming Feb. 16

    The annual Luminary United Methodist Church free community health fair will be on Feb. 16 in the church at 3401 River Road, Ten Mile.

    A blood lab and several physicians and medical specialists will provide free screening services from 8 a.m. to noon.

    Call the church at 376-7040 to schedule a free bone density scan appointment from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • Lift Every Voice: Service to honor King’s spiritual legacy

    The community will gather this weekend to remember and honor the work of the Rev. Martin Luther King at a special service at Rockwood First Christian Church, Disciples of Christ.

    The 3 p.m. worship service on Jan. 18 will honor the spiritual legacy of King, the civil rights leader best known for his “I Have A Dream” speech who was shot and killed in Memphis in April 1968.

  • State NAACP head to speak at Freedom Fund Banquet

    Gloria J. Sweet-Love, Tennessee NAACP State Conference president, will be the keynote speaker during the Freedom Fund Banquet on Jan. 17.

    The annual dinner, an event of the Roane County NAACP in cooperation with Roane State Community College, will begin at 6 p.m. in the student lounge of Roane State’s main campus in Roane County.

    The young adult speaker will be Jennifer Hill.

    Tickets are $30 and are available by calling Roane County NAACP President Joe Eskridge at 385-8378 or 882-5545.

  • Tensions rise at assessor’s

    Charles Laxton doesn’t care for how property assessor David Morgan is doing his job.

    Laxton let him know it on Wednesday.

    Laxton could be heard slamming the door and giving Morgan a piece of his mind throughout the courthouse.

    As a result, he was escorted out by the sheriff’s office.

    Here’s how Morgan described the incident:

  • LET ’EM ROLL

    The need for cooperation between fire departments was made clear recently by two major Harriman fires — one massive, the other fatal.

    Many area fire departments rolled out to help with the Jan. 8 inferno that razed the downtown Miller & Brewer building, and then again at Monday’s Margrave Street fire that killed a 65-year-old woman.

    That kind of mutual aid between departments is common at larger, more complicated fires.

    A closer working relationship may soon emerge between Kingston and Harriman fire departments, however.