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  • Henry leading initiative for Appalachian children

    Tennessee Department of Children’s Services Commissioner Jim Henry will chair a multi-state initiative designed to find solutions to help children and families throughout the Southern Appalachians.

    The Appalachian Child Welfare Leaders’ Roundtable, which is supported by Casey Family Programs, includes cabinet officials from Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia.

  • Free family concert Sunday

    The Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra will present “Peter and the Wolf” and Vivaldi’s “Spring” in a free family concert at 3 p.m. Jan. 25 in the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge.

    Children are welcome to go early for paper-puppet making and instrument making beginning at 2 p.m. in the museum at 461 W. Outer Drive.

    The museum is offering free admission from 1 to 5 p.m. Jan. 25 to support the concert.

    The concert is funded through the Tennessee Arts Commission and National Endowment for the Arts.

  • Weekly cancer support group to start in February

    A cancer support group aimed at helping anyone affected by the disease will start up in February.

    The group will meet at 11 a.m. each Saturday in Asbury Chapel United Methodist Church at 1717 Eureka Road, Rockwood.

    “This support group is designed to help anyone that has had cancer impact their lives,” said Asbury Chapel Pastor Sam Reese.

  • Still time to sign up for health insurance

    There’s still time for Tennesseans without health insurance to sign up on the Health Insurance Marketplace and avoid the penalty.

    Under the Affordable Care Act, 2015 is the first year Americans must prove they had qualifying health insurance or an approved exemption for the previous year (when filing 2014 taxes), or face a tax penalty.

  • Hospice volunteers needed

    Amedisys Hospice is planning classes to train hospice volunteers.

    Anyone 16 and older can volunteer to visit with patients and their caregivers or do other special projects.

    Hospice volunteers do not provide medical care. They provide emotional support and do things to brighten the day of those with terminal illnesses and their caregivers.

    “You will make a difference in their lives, and they will make a difference in your life,” said Martha Dodge, volunteer coordinator.

  • Yager elected to serve on ETDD board

    State Senator Ken Yager was recently named to the East Tennessee Development District Association’s board of directors.

    Yager, a Kingston Republican, was elected by other legislators in the East Tennessee region to serve on the board.

    “I am very pleased to be elected to the East Tennessee Development District Board,” said Yager.

    “I appreciate the confidence that my colleagues have in me and look forward to serving the people of this district.”

  • Sen. Yager among those honored for ‘Wall of Faces’

    State Sen. Ken Yager was among those honored by State Sen. Mark Green in their joint efforts in putting faces with the heroes of Tennessee’s fallen listed on “The Wall.”

    “The Wall” is national memorial constructed from black polished marble with the names of 58,300 men and women whose ultimate sacrifice was in service for the United States during the Vietnam War.

    Yager, a Kingston Republican, collected 16 photos from around the 12th District for the project.

  • Lift Every Voice: Service to honor King’s spiritual legacy

    The community will gather this weekend to remember and honor the work of the Rev. Martin Luther King at a special service at Rockwood First Christian Church, Disciples of Christ.

    The 3 p.m. worship service on Jan. 18 will honor the spiritual legacy of King, the civil rights leader best known for his “I Have A Dream” speech who was shot and killed in Memphis in April 1968.

  • State NAACP head to speak at Freedom Fund Banquet

    Gloria J. Sweet-Love, Tennessee NAACP State Conference president, will be the keynote speaker during the Freedom Fund Banquet on Jan. 17.

    The annual dinner, an event of the Roane County NAACP in cooperation with Roane State Community College, will begin at 6 p.m. in the student lounge of Roane State’s main campus in Roane County.

    The young adult speaker will be Jennifer Hill.

    Tickets are $30 and are available by calling Roane County NAACP President Joe Eskridge at 385-8378 or 882-5545.

  • Community health fair coming Feb. 16

    The annual Luminary United Methodist Church free community health fair will be on Feb. 16 in the church at 3401 River Road, Ten Mile.

    A blood lab and several physicians and medical specialists will provide free screening services from 8 a.m. to noon.

    Call the church at 376-7040 to schedule a free bone density scan appointment from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.