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Today's News

  • Nance turning 95 today

    Edith Nance celebrates her 95th birthday today, March 27.

    She was honored by her family and friends with a birthday celebration on March 24 in Bradbury Community Center.

    Nance is the mother of four: Patsy Nance, Larry Nance, Danny Nance and the late Gloria Miller.

    She has a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

  • Payton Madox ‘Max’ Richardson and Maggie Rose Richardson

    Siblings Maggie Rose Richardson and Payton Madox "Max" Richardson both celebrated their birthdays on March 8.

    Maggie turned 5 on March 8 and celebrated with a Cinderella-themed party. Max, who turned 7 on March 8, had a Mario-themed party.

    They are the children of Cliff and Shauna Richardson.

    Grandparents are Jack and Diane Woolum of Kingston, the late Jerry D. Richardson, and Michael and Kay Griffith of North Carolina.

  • MILITARY MATTERS: Jacob R. Hester

    Airman Jacob R. Hester recently graduated from U.S. Air Force basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas.

    Son of Shannon and Lisa Hester, he is presently stationed at Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, in training to be a firefighter. Upon completion of his training, the airman will be transferred to Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana.

    Hester's grandparents are Pat Hester and the late Raymond Hester, the late Mary Carlene Morris, Reva Nickell and the late James Nickell.

    His brothers are Sammy and Jonathan.

  • Tony winner Kreis to give Knox concert: Only chance to see OS native’s show in Tennessee

    Levi Kreis garnered a 2010 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical, thanks to his electrifying performance as Jerry Lee Lewis in “Million Dollar Quartet” on Broadway.

    Now the Oliver Springs native has scheduled a one-night performance at Pellissippi State Community College.

    The March 30 event brings the Pellissippi State alumnus to the stage for an evening of cabaret-style vocals and piano.

    Kreis performs at 7:30 p.m.

    Tickets are $25 and can be ordered online at www.pstcc.edu/tickets.

  • MILITARY MATTERS: Levi G. Fletcher

    U.S. Army Pvt. Levi G. Fletcher recently graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

     Fletcher, a 2012 graduate of Roane County High School, is the brother of John Fletcher of Kingston.

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

  • Calfee passes first House bill

    First-term state Rep. Kent Calfee, R-Kingston, officially passed his first bill recently in the Tennessee House of Representatives.

    House Bill 940, which creates a special committee to review Tennessee's underground utility damage prevention program, will now travel to the desk of Gov. Bill Haslam to be signed into law.

  • The Garden Gate: Easter Bunny's all in the stars

    Easter traditions and religious references are everywhere right now, and lilies and churchly references are universal.  

    So how did rabbits get in the picture? And how could a rabbit lay many-colored eggs?

    The Easter Bunny legend finds its roots in the mythology of a constellation of stars. In this case it is the constellation of Lupus the Hare.

    In Greco-Roman mythology, Hermes, messenger to the Olympian gods, placed Lupus among the stars to honor its swiftness.

  • Mr. & Mrs. McNelly 50th

    Mr. and Mrs. Rolland McNelly of Midtown will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on April 2.

    Their children will give a reception in their honor from 2 to 4 p.m. April 7 in Piney Grove Baptist Church fellowship building at 2323 Ruritan Road, Midtown. Call Robin at 712-0286 for information or directions. All relatives and friends are invited to attend. The couple requests no gifts.

    McNelly and the former Carolyn Rayburn were married on April 2, 1963, in Rockwood, with the Rev. Bobby Spann officiating.

  • Soup’s On to help out abused kids

    Kids First Child Advocacy Center of the 9th Judicial District will have its first Roane County Soup’s On fundraiser on April 4.

    Both lunch and dinner of homemade soup, bread and cookies will be served in Kingston First Baptist Church’s family life center.

    Lunch hours will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dinner will be served from 4:30 to 7 p.m.

    Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door.

    Proceeds from the event benefits the Child Advocacy Center.

  • Mr. & Mrs. Edmonds

    Jessica Nicole Snow and Clint Alan Edmonds were married on Oct. 6 in Union Chapel Baptist Church, Kingston.

    Pastor Ronald Nickell officiated during the 3:30 p.m. candlelight ceremony.

    The bride is the daughter of Ricky and Tina Snow of Harriman.

    Her grandparents are Vickie Frogg of Harriman and the late Larry Frogg, and Kenny and Mary Snow of Harriman.

    The groom is the son of George Alan and Debbie Edmonds of Harriman.