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Today's News

  • Historic figures passed through the Obed region

    Obed Wild and Scenic River will present an Oct. 11 ranger program about three famous people who once visited the Obed area.

    Both legend and evidence combine to show that Andrew Jackson, John Muir and Daniel Boone each trekked across the environs of Morgan County and what is now the Obed Wild and Scenic River.

    A park ranger will present information on each of their visits and will focus on primary source writings and journal entries from centuries past.

  • White Cane Days in Kingston: Lions Club to take monetary contributions

    Kingston Lions Club will take donations for its White Cane Days in the Kingston area on Oct. 15-18.

    Martin Skinner, longtime Kingston Lions Club member, explains that White Cane Days are the period in which Lions Clubs solicit funds from the public to support district programs that assist visually handicapped individuals.

    “Typically, these programs are East Tennessee Lions Eye Bank, Leader Dog for the Blind, Lions Volunteer Blind Industries [and] Tennessee School for the Blind,” Skinner said.

  • Two meetings set for Kingston homeowners

    Aid to Distressed Families of Appalachian Counties and the city of Kingston will have two public meetings on Oct. 9 with Kingston homeowners whose homes sustained damage during the June 10 tornado/straight-line winds.

    Ralph M. Perrey, Tennessee Housing Development Agency executive director, will be at the first meeting, from 10 a.m. to noon in Kingston City Hall at 900 Waterford Place.

    Another meeting, from 4 to 6 p.m., will be in Kingston Community Center at 201 Patton Ferry Road.

  • Orange you glad you’re a Vol? These kids are

    Students at The Henry Center show their orange pride prior to the Tennessee/Arkansas game earlier in the season.

  • Military Matters: Ryan M. Gross

    U.S. Army Pvt. Ryan M. Gross recently graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

    Son of April Curtis of Clinton and Ian Gross of Rockwood, he is a 2014 graduate of Rockwood High School.

    His grandmother is Linda Toman of Clinton.

    During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values and physical fitness.

  • Suicides on rise among Tennessee veterans

    Statistics released recently by the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services indicate the number of suicides by veterans increased from 197 in 2012 to 214 in 2013.

    “Sadly, our brave men and women who once served in uniform may struggle with thoughts of suicide and thoughts of giving up,” said Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Commissioner Douglas Varney.

    “They must always know they are never alone.”

  • Rockwood Civitan introduces new officers

    Rockwood Civitan Club’s 2014-15 officers were inducted late last month.

    They include, from left, Treasurer Mark Clem, Secretary Bob Layton, President Teresa Kirkham and President Elect Loren Bone.

    Rockwood Civitan Club’s next meeting will be at noon Oct. 10 in Junior’s Restaurant.

    The worldwide mission of Civitan International is to build good citizenship by providing a volunteer organization of clubs dedicated to serving individual and community needs, with an emphasis on helping people with developmental disabilities.

  • Lawyer to talk on aging matters

    Attorney, Amelia Crotwell of Elder Law of East Tennessee will present a program on advanced directives, living wills and other estate-planning documents during the Oct. 16 Thursday Night at the Library program.

    The program will start at 6 p.m. in Kingston Public Library at 1004 Bradford Way.

    Those planning to attend are asked to preregister by calling Mid-East Community Action Agency Senior Services at 354-0450, Ext. 228

    Crotwell will also discuss qualifying for public benefits and preserving assets.

  • Wann’s quilt top winner

    Susan Wann of Southwest Point Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution recently won first place in the American Heritage Fiber Arts - Quilting contest sponsored by the Tennessee Society Daughters of the American Revolution.

    The quilt memorializes Wann’s family, the Winstons, form 1681 through 2012.

    Blocks of the quilt include pictures and information documenting the migration of her ancestors from Virginia to California. Each state is listed in the quilt border.

  • Energy-assistance applications now accepted

    Mid-East Community Action Agency is now accepting applications from those needing help paying energy costs.

    Applicants must be responsible for paying their own energy costs.

    Applications are available online at www.mecaa.net.

    They may also be picked up at the Mid-East office at 2415 N. Gateway Ave., Suite B, Rockwood. Office hours are from 8 to 11:30 a.m. and from 12:15 to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday.