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Community News

  • Committee for back taxes meets April 30

    The Roane County-Owned Back Tax Property Committee will meet Monday, April 30, at 6:30 p.m. in the first floor conference room at the Courthouse in Kingston.

    The committee consists of Commissioners Darryl Meadows, Todd Fink, Stanley Moore, Randy Ellis and Ron Woody.

  • Tips for family healthy spring

    Spring is here, and it’s a great time for the family to take advantage of the nicer weather.

    Get outside with the kids and enjoy outdoor activities that boost fitness.

    Practicing healthy habits every day will help children live a healthier life. It will also help them achieve more in school.

    A few small changes in the family’s physical activity can have a huge impact on kids now and on their long-term health.

  • Hosta details galore at next Lunch & Learn

    Fred Anderson of the East Tennessee Hosta Society will lead a session on hostas during the next Brown Bag Lunch and Learn series.

    The series will begin at noon Saturday in the Roane County University of Tennessee Extension Office.

    The office is at 3074 Roane State Hwy., Midtown.

    Participants are asked to bring a brown bag lunch or snack to enjoy while they listen to the presentation.

    This free monthly event is presented by the Master Gardeners of Roane County.

  • Support for victims of sexual abuse

    Avalon Center’s support group for victims of sexual abuse will meet in monthly session at 1 p.m. April 17.

    Call 931-456-0747 for location and more information.

  • Preservation group on the lookout for Endangered Eight

    The East Tennessee Preservation Alliance is now accepting nominations for the 2018 East Tennessee Endangered Eight, a listing of the eight most threatened historic sites in the region.

    The objective of the list is to inform area communities about the real threat of losing these important sites to development, demolition or lack of maintenance as well as the value of what will be lost if action isn’t taken soon to avoid their destruction.

  • ETHRA providing housing vouchers

    East Tennessee Human Resource Agency administers the Housing Choice Voucher Program in 16 East Tennessee counties.

    Funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, this program provides up to 784 vouchers to help families obtain safe, decent housing at an affordable price.

    Homes must be inspected and meet HUD’s Housing Quality Standards.

    The rental subsidy is based on each family’s income and is paid directly to the landlord.

  • Driver safety course planned next week

    An upcoming eight-hour AARP smart driver class in Roane County offers area senior citizens a refresher course on driving and an update on rules of the road.

    The class will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 14-15 in Mid-East Community Action Agency Roane County Services Center Annex at 2305 N. Gateway Avenue, Suite 10-B, Rockwood.

    Course participants will be taught to adjust to age-related physical changes; reduce incidents of violations and accidents; and update driving skills and rules of the road in a stress-free environment.

  • Ruby Julian turns 100 years old today

    Ruby Julian celebrates her 100th birthday today, Feb. 21.

    She was born on Feb. 21, 1918, to Reuben and Lovenia Hall in Harriman.

    She has lived in Roane County all of her life.

    The former Ruby Hall married Homer Julian Sr. in 1938.

    They were blessed with two sons, Homer Jr. of Rockwood, and James Thomas of Knoxville.

    She also has four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

    Julian is the oldest member of Walnut Hill Baptist Church.

  • Kingston Spring Street Fest coming

    Kingston Parks and Recreation Department is planning a Spring Street Fest.

    The event will begin at 11 a.m. March 24 on the lawn of the old Roane County Courthouse.

    Attractions include music, a car show, vendors, food, children’s games and activities, and performances by Southern Alliance Dance Company, Zach Miles and Jubal.

    The free family- and pet-friendly event ends with the showing of the 1980s classic, “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” at dark.

  • Walk through Oak Ridge history

    Manhattan Project Historical National Park will present a free walk-and-talk tour through Alvin K. Bissell Park, Oak Ridge, beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday.

    The easy to moderate 1-mile walk will start at the American Museum of Science and Energy at 300 S. Tulane Ave., Oak Ridge.

    Discussion will focus on different lifestyles and challenges that Oak Ridge residents faced during the project. Walkers will visit some historical structures and discuss how the town has changed and how it has stayed the same in the city’s 75th anniversary.