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  • Air Force Jazz Ensemble to perform at Princess

    The U.S. Air Force Band of Mid-America Shades of Blue Jazz Ensemble will perform in a free concert beginning at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 2 in the Princess Theatre in downtown Harriman.

    Although admission is free, tickets are required.

    Tickets can be picked up in advance from Rocky Top General Store at 316 Ruritan Road or Harriman Jewelry Exchange at 509 Roane St., both in Harriman.

    Remaining tickets will be available at the box office on the day of the concert.

  • Yager heads state, local gov’t committee

    State Sen. Ken Yager has been appointed chairman of the Senate’s state and local government committee for the 109th Tennessee General Assembly.

    The Kingston Republican, who represents the 12th District in the Tennessee Senate, was also chosen to serve on the Senate’s commerce and labor and energy, agriculture and natural resources committees.

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

    While everyone was dealing with the bitter cold temperatures, Steve and Mona Bolden took their Roane County News on a cruise to the Southern Caribbean to celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary, Jan. 11-18.

    They said the temperatures were perfect, staying between 79-81.

    They visited San Juan, Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, St. Maarten and Barbados.

    Planning a vacation?

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

  • Grant aims to help nonprofits in pediatric cancer treatment, services

    East Tennessee Foundation is now accepting applications for funding from the Butterfly Fund of East Tennessee Foundation.

    Organizations must be tax-exempt 501(c)(3) or other exempt entities and submit proposals directly related to support of pediatric oncology research, treatment and/or services.

    Funds totaling $50,000 are available to award, and organizations may apply for the entire amount or a portion of funds available.

    Using an online grant application system, applications must be submitted no later than Feb. 27 to be eligible for funding.

  • 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.”