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Today's News

  • The Garden Gate: Are you savvy on the lesser-known first Christmas gifts?

    We give a great emphasis — and sometimes much money — to the giving of gifts at Christmastime.

    We sometimes become so involved that we completely forget that we are commemorating the presenting of gifts by the Magi to the Christ Child.

  • Zackary Culleton

    Zackary Culleton turned 6 years old on Dec. 5.

    He celebrated on Dec. 8 with a panda party attended by 30 relatives and friends in Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge.

    He is the son of Holly Culleton and Shawn Culleton.

    Grandparents are Len and Gina Jackson of Harriman, and Connie and Dave Pulk of Knoxville.

    Billie and Chuck Beach of Oliver Springs are described by Zackary’s Grandmother Jackson as his “almost grandparents.”

    Zackary has a 10-year-old brother and best friend, Josiah.

  • Robbins turns 101 and still going strong

    Addie “Mac” Robbins turned 101 years old on Dec. 1.

    She celebrated her birthday Thanksgiving weekend with family at Jamestowne Assisted Living, Kingston.

  • Fiction, poetry workshops set for January Jumpstart

    Tennessee Mountain Writers are planning fiction- and poetry-writing workshops for January Jumpstart XIV on Jan. 10-12 in Best Western Morristown Conference Center.

    J.T. Ellison, a bestselling author of 10 critically acclaimed novels, will lead the fiction workshop.

    The poetry workshop will be conducted by award-winning poet and quilter Jane Hicks.

    January Jumpstart will open with an informal evening social hour on Friday.

    Workshop sessions will run from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Sunday.

  • ‘Nutcracker’ helps animal shelter

    The cast of Roane County’s 2013 “The Nutcracker” and public donations yielded 1.5 tons of food for the Roane County Animal Shelter.

    “The Nutcracker” 2013 cast alone donated 1,470 pounds of pet food during the annual food drive.

    Top donors included cast members Jensen Peacock, with 310 pounds, and Savannah Ellis, with 190 pounds.

    Arts in Motion owner Jennifer Austin, an animal lover herself, initiated the pet food drive years ago.

    It has become a traditional part of “The Nutcracker.”

  • Military Matters: Mark A. Jones

    U.S. Air Force Airman Mark A. Jones recently graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

    Son of Roy Jones of Oliver Springs, he is a 2007 graduate of Mount Pisgah Christian Academy, Oliver Springs.

    Jones earned a bachelor’s degree in 2011 from Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville.

    The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

  • Military Matters: Brett M. McKinney

    U.S. Air Force Airman Brett M. McKinney graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

    Son of Jessica Ferguson of Kingston, he is a 2012 graduate of Roane County High School, Kingston.

    The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

  • Double up on giving this year

    There’s still time to help two area nonprofit agencies with one stop this holiday season.

    Medic Regional Blood Center offers donors the opportunity to decline the the traditional donor thank-you gift.

    The value of the gift will be donated to Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee. The value provides about nine meals to the area food provider, said Christi Fightmaster of Medic public relations.

    “This is a great way to make your good deed go a little farther,” she added.

  • Dunn Legacy Society inducts Blanchards, Seiverses

    The Michael Dunn Foundation hosted a November reception to honor the newest members of the Michael Dunn Foundation Legacy Society.

    The Legacy Society was established to recognize and thank individual donors who have made the most significant contributions in the history of the organization.

    Established in 2011, the Legacy Society represents approximately $750,000 in individual, lifetime contributions made to the Michael Dunn Foundation.

    The newest members honored at the Legacy Society reception were the Blanchard family and the Seivers family.

  • OUR OPINION: It’s time to pare down to one big Christmas parade

    Nearly a decade ago, an economic report showed that Knoxville had fallen behind similar-sized regional cities, such as Chattanooga and Lexington, Ky., in part, because of leaders’ clannishness.

    Instead of working together for the good of the city, leaders then were trying to stake out their own little piece of the pie for their own communities or interests

    That situation has improved, and with it, so have Knoxville’s economy and attractiveness.

    We raise this point because we fear the same is true in Roane County.