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Today's News

  • Ross elected chairman of state committee

    Kingston Parks and Recreation Director Rick Ross already had the appreciation of local officials, who recognize him as the tireless, dedicated department head responsible for shepherding for so many of the city’s signature events.
    Now he’s been recognized by his peers, as well.
    Earlier this year, Ross was elected chairman of the athletic branch of the Tennessee Recreation and Parks Association for 2013.
    The ballot was taken from fellow TRPA members — other parks and rec directors from all over the state.

  • Bedwell-Stone

    Michael and Sharon Bedwell of Knoxville announce the forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Karen Bedwell, to Stephen Stone of Powell.

    He is the son of Rick and Adele Stone of Kingston.

    The ceremony will be at 5 p.m. March 23 in Christ Covenant Presbyterian Church at 12915 Kingston Pike, Knoxville.

  • The Garden Gate: Easter is the lily’s time to shine

    The practice of placing floral groupings in temples began with the Chinese Buddhists in the 6th century.

    Flowers have been important symbols of worship for religions worldwide for many centuries, even long before the Christian era.

    They can be seen in secular and religious occasions, especially joyful ones like weddings, and in all places of worship and ceremonial occasions, such as churches, temples and synagogues.

    Festivals of ancient gods were marked by strewing flowers and their petals, as well as adorning statues with wreaths.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Feb. 20

    25 Years Ago
    Rolland “Rollo” McNelly of Midtown joined the elite ranks of bowlers who have scored a perfect 300-point game. His feat at Midtown’s Tri-Cities Lanes was accomplished with a ball given to him by Betty Maples, the facility’s owner. “When the pins fell, it was a great feeling,” McNelly said of that final frame that cinched the game. “I’d like to have another one — someday.”

    10 Years Ago

  • Mr. & Mrs. Lybarger 50th

    Mr. and Mrs. Bill Lybarger of Canton, Ill., formerly of Kingston, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Feb. 9.

    Their daughters hosted a reception in their honor in Canton, and the couple is planning to take a trip to celebrate their anniversary.

    Lybarger and the former Kathleen “Kathy” Weaver were married on Feb. 9, 1963, in Canton First Christian Church, with the Rev. Orville Wright officiating.

    He was a Caterpillar Inc. human resources manager who retired in 2007 after 44 years of service. She is a homemaker.

  • Phone numbers changed: Facility not all that’s new for Roane Medical Center

    Phone numbers at Roane Medical Center have changed.

    This change, effective Feb. 17, is part of the move to the new medical center campus in Midtown.

    The new numbers are part of the dial scheme for the Covenant Health system, of which Roane Medical Center is a member.

    The Covenant Health five-digit dial plan is implemented across the system.

    This feature is designed to help decrease long-distance costs systemwide and allows facilities the ability to five-digit dial each other.

  • Gavin Lee Young

    Gavin Lee Young will celebrate his first birthday on Feb. 23.

    He is the son of Ashley Giles and Jesse Young.

    Grandmother is Teresa Johnson.

  • OUR OPINION: Aytes marriage to employee is, indeed, conflict

    The selection of Gary Aytes as Roane County Schools director has been welcomed by many — and rightly so.

    At a time when funding and teachers’ employment issues have caused tension elsewhere, he has boosted morale among teachers and parents in Roane County.

    Aytes also has found love along the way.

    At a school board meeting last month, Aytes was congratulated on his recent marriage to Glenna Treece, a well-respected former Midtown Elementary School principal who now works as the school system’s parent involvement coordinator.

  • Celebrity protection unnecessary, harmful

    By KEN PAULSON
    First Amendment Center
    It’s open season on paparazzi in celebrity-laden states as legislatures gear up to protect the rich and famous.

    Most recently, the Hawaii legislature was so grateful that Aerosmith singer and American Idol judge Steven Tyler purchased a home on Maui that it named an anti-paparazzi bill after him.

  • Patient transfer to new hospital smooth affair

    Six of Roane County’s eight ambulances were parked on Harriman’s Devonia Street Sunday morning — but not because of any emergency.

    The gathering was due to the closing of the old Roane Medical Center in downtown Harriman and the transfer of patients to the new facility in Midtown.

    “We’ve been planning this for over a month,” Roane County ambulance director Howie Rose said about the patient transfer. “We’ve had weekly meetings with the hospital to get ready for this.”