Today's Features

  • Robin Vaughan of Harriman has begun a yearlong term of service in the AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America program.

    She is Court Appointed Special Advocates of the Ninth Judicial District during her term.

    AmeriCorps VISTA is the national service program designed specifically to fight poverty. Founded as Volunteers in Service to America in 1965 and incorporated into the AmeriCorps network of programs in 1993, VISTA has been on the front lines in the fight against poverty in America for more than 40 years.


    Roane County’s Caring Hearts sewing group recently donated 210 quilts to three charities: Knoxville’s Lost Sheep Ministry, which takes care of the homeless; Lenoir City’s Iva's Place, a charity for abused women; and a Roane County group which caters to the needy. Anyone interested in joining the group or donating supplies may call 376-0867.Materials used for quilts include denim fabric or clothes, flannel shirts or sheets, polyester fabric or clothes, cotton sheets (good or stained), thin blankets and mattress pads.

  • Christians in Roane County are again picking up the cross this weekend in their third annual Crusaders for Christ trek from Rockwood to Kingston.

    Participants carrying the cross this year will meet at 9 a.m. April 7 at Paradise Baptist Church, Rockwood, and make the 14.1-mile trek to Kingston First Baptist Church at 215 N. Kentucky St.

    “We sent out packets to the faith-based community and asked for their participation,” said Tony Ruff, student pastor at Potter’s House in Kingston.

  • St. Anthony’s Anglican Church, Crab Orchard, celebrated its first anniversary as a mission church on Passion Sunday, March 25th.

    Twenty-four people attended the Holy Eucharist service led by Father Ernie Pinto. A ham dinner, complete with a large decorated cake marking the occasion, followed.

    In addition to the normal set of parishioners, including many from Roane County, St. Anthony’s welcomed visitors from area churches as well as visitors from Holy Cross Anglican Church in Farragut.  


  • Flowers play a big role in religious symbolism, worship services and ceremonial occasions of all kinds.

    They can be seen in secular and religious occasions, especially joyful ones like weddings, and in churches, temples, synagogues and all places of worship throughout the world.

    Flowers were used as a part of worship long before the Christian era.

    Festivals of ancient gods were marked by the strewing of petals and flowers and the adorning of statues with wreaths.

  • 25 Years Ago
    A letter-writing campaign was launched to convince Food Lion to locate a multi-million-dollar distribution center here. Sponsored by the Roane County Chamber of Commerce, elementary school children were to provide 6,000 of 10,000 letters the Chamber hoped to deliver to Food Lion headquarters in North Carolina to tell them “we want them, we need them ... come on down,” things that don’t show up on technical and demographic studies of the area.

    10 Years Ago

  • Roy and Vivian Gallaher of Rockwood celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on March 7.

    They were honored on the occasion by their church, Asbury Chapel United Methodist Church of Rockwood.

    The Gallahers were married on March 7, 1942, in Lafayette, Ga.

  • Ida Belle Raby Garrett will celebrate her 85th birthday on April 6.

    Her family will honor her special day with a celebration from 2 to 4 p.m. April 7 in South Harriman Baptist Church.

    All relatives and friends are invited to attend.

    The first of five children, Garrett was born April 6, 1927, and spent the first years of her life in Paint Rock.

    She was 9 when her father died, and the family moved to South Harriman, where she attended South Harriman Elementary School and graduated from Harriman High School.

  • Gavin Lee Young was born at 5:28 p.m. Feb. 23 in Women’s East of Chattanooga.

    He weighed 6 pounds, 10 ounces.

    He is the son of Ashley Brooke Giles and Jessie Mitchell Young.

    Grandparents are Teresa Lynn Johnson and Christopher Lee Giles.

    Great-grandparents are John and Sharon Johnson, and Rocky and Marty Giles.