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Community News

  • Grant available for livestock producers

    Ranchers and livestock producers in Roane County may be eligible for assistance from the Livestock Forage Disaster Program for grazing losses incurred in 2016.

    “Roane County recently met qualifying drought ratings that ‘trigger’ eligibility for the Livestock Forage Disaster Program on improved pasture,” said Sandi Childs, Roane County executive director for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency.

    The Program provides compensation to livestock producers who suffered grazing losses due to drought or fire.

  • Take a healthy hike at Obed

    The Obed Wild and Scenic River will have a healthy hike program on Jan. 6.

    The program will begin at 10:30 a.m.

    This free ranger-led hike will explore both the Lilly Bluff Overlook Trail and a portion of the Point Trail.

    Those in attendance will have a chance to observe the vista of Clear Creek as well as walk across the Melton Mill Creek Bridge.

    Participants should meet the ranger at the Lilly Bluff Overlook parking lot, which is off Ridge Road in Morgan County.

  • Rockwood BPW meets in monthly dinner session

    Rockwood Business and Professional Women meets at 6:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month.

    Meetings are in Victorian Square, Rockwood.

    The next meeting will be on Nov. 15. Meal cost is $10; reservations must be made by 10 a.m. the Monday of the week preceding the meeting date.

    Call Geraldine Wallick at 354-0934 or email hiegelma@comcast.com for reservations or information about the organization, which recently celebrated its 95th anniversary.

  • Roane Choral Society rehearses every Monday

    Roane Choral Society rehearses at 7 p.m. every Monday in Room O-128 of the O’Brien Building on the main campus of Roane State Community College.

    Call 354-0679 or visit www.roanechoralsociety.org for more information.

  • Hospital offering help with medicine costs

    Roane Medical Center’s Patient Drug Assistance Program is accepting new patients.

    With or without prescription medication insurance, costs associated with monthly maintenance medication can be crippling, said Ryan Reddick, Roane Medical Center’s director of pharmacy.

  • Planning to burn debris? Step 1: Obtain a permit

    Tennessee is in the midst of wildfire season, and residents wanting to burn leaves or debris are reminded that they need a burning permit.

    “It’s important — and required from Oct. 15, 2016, to May 15, 2017 — that citizens call for a burning permit and follow outdoor burning safety recommendations,” State Forester Jere Jeter said.

  • Roane State adds spring training for paramedics

    There's an Oct. 31 application deadline to start Roane State Community College's paramedic program in the spring semester.

    The three-semester program is normally not offered with a spring semester starting point. It has been added to meet a local, statewide and national shortage of paramedics, said David Blevins, program director.

    The shortfall in advanced emergency medical technicians and paramedics is frequently mentioned during monthly regional meetings of EMS directors, he said.

  • ‘Psycho’ showing Oct. 20

    Roane State Community College English professor DeAnna Stephens will introduce a free screening of “Psycho,” regarded as Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece of a psychological thriller, at 7 p.m. Oct. 20 in the Princess Theatre in Harriman.

    The R-rated film, often described as “creepy,” is the tale of a woman on the lam who checks into the mysterious Bates Motel, apparently vacant except for proprietors Norman Bates and his mother.

  • United Way seeks grant applications

    Community Investment and Community Enhancement grant applications will be available on the Roane County United Way Roane website beginning Nov. 1. Visit www.unitedwayroane.org/non-profits/community-impact for applications.

    Community Investment is the phase in strategic community initiatives to implement long-lasting change for all Roane County residents. The grant’s goal is to help community members achieve financial stability, enhanced levels of education and job qualification and healthier lifestyles.

  • On vacation with the Roane County News ... to Budapest!

    The Roane County News recently accompanied Juanita and Johnny Griffin to Budapest, Hungary, on a Danube River cruise.

    Planning a vacation? Take your Roane County News along and pose with it to be included in an upcoming issue.

    Be sure to tell us where you — and the News — traveled for a break and photo.

    You may drop off your photo at the newspaper office at 204 Franklin St., Kingston, or email it to newsroom@roanecounty.com.

    Happy travels!