Today's Features

  • Our deepest sympathy is extended to the family of the Rev. Orville “Chee” Willis, who recently passed away.

    He slipped peacefully away at Tennova West in Knoxville.

    He was the son of the late Pastor O.W. and Mrs. Willis. Also, brother of the late Pastor Donald Willis, former pastor of St. Mary’s Baptist Church.

    His service was held last Tuesday at Mount Sinai Baptist Church in Clinton.

    Sincere sympathy to the family of Ronald Coleman, who passed away last Sunday.

    The family is being remembered in our prayers.

  • Roane County United Way will have its annual meeting at 5:30 p.m. March 21 in office location at 2735 Roane State Hwy., Midtown.

    The meeting will feature campaign recognitions, election of new board members, and an update to the community on United Way activities.

    Anyone interested in attending should contact the United Way offices, 882-7711, or e-mail djackson@unitedwayroane.org no later than March 14.

  • Mid-East Community Action Agency will have its quarterly distribution of USDA commodity foods this month.

    Distributions will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Harriman Church of God at 3106 Roane State Hwy., Midtown.

    Harriman and Kingston residents will pick up their commodity foods on March 17.

    The following day, March 18, is reserved for Oliver Springs and Rockwood resident to pick up their foods.

    Commodity food recipients must be certified before March 4 to receive foods during this distribution.

  • You have enjoyed the accents, the outfits and knowing looks that are staples of the hit show “Downton Abbey.”

    But, it’s time to say goodbye to “Downton” as the program’s final season comes to an end.

    To celebrate, the Roane State Foundation welcomes “Downton” fans to its “Farewell to Downton” event on March 12.

    The event begins 2 p.m. at the Princess Theatre in downtown Harriman.

  • Roane County PAWS, is an animal advocate/rescue group dedicated to helping the animals of Roane County, will have a fundraising silent auction next weekend.

    The auction will be from 5 to 8 p.m. in Harriman American Legion Hall.
    Many donations to be auctioned off include those from area and out-of-town businesses.

    Funds raised in the silent auction will help PAWS make a difference in the lives of animals.

  • The public is welcome to join the Rockwood Ministerial Association for its annual Holy Week luncheons.

    The luncheons, which support the Association’s food pantry, will be from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 21-25 in the fellowship hall of Rockwood First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in downtown Rockwood.

    The suggested donation is $5 per meal. Area churches provide the meals for the community.

  • The Roane County Distinguished Citizenship Awards program has been rescheduled for 5 p.m. March 12 in Bazeltown Baptist Church, Harriman.

    The ceremony, originally scheduled in January, was postponed due to inclement weather.

    This awards program annually recognizes a select group of Roane County residents for exemplary community service, said the Rev. Joseph Weaver, chairman of Roane County Church Alliance.

    Mary Alice Douglass, human resources manager for URS/CH2M Oak Ridge LLC, will be the guest speaker.

  • MONDAY, FEB. 29
    • North Rockwood Baptist Church will have a five-day revival through Friday. Services will begin at 7 p.m. daily, with Bro. Chris Kitchen as evangelist. The church is at 1300 N. Gateway Ave.



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    Sugar Grove Valley Baptist Church, Harriman, is a quaint little facility tucked away at 2838 Sugar Grove Valley Road. Sunday school starts at 10 a.m.; Sunday worship services are at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. The congregation also meets for services at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

  •  Twelve Students With a Testimony members from New Midway Baptist Church, Kingston, traveled to Belloc, Haiti, in December for their first “Fields of Discipleship” program on the village’s soccer field.