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Community News

  • Workshop aims to give materials, use sources to help track down ancestors

    Kingston’s Southwest Point Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution will host a public genealogy workshop next weekend.

    The workshop will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 30 in the Stowers Community Room of Roane Medical Center, Harriman.

    Call Connie Williams at 717-3949 to register or for details.

    “If you don’t know where to begin — [if] you have mounds of papers in boxes, or you have documented your family’s lineage to the Dark Ages — there will be something for everyone,” Williams said.

  • Rockwood swimming lessons start June 8

    Swimming lessons roll into high gear next month, and Rockwood Community Center is scheduling both morning and evening sessions.

    The two-week swimming lessons will be June 8-19 and July 6-17 at the Community Center pool.

    Lessons are $25 per two-week session.

    Morning lessons will be from 11 to noon; evening lessons will be from 6:30 to 7:30.

    Stop by the Community Center at 710 N. Chamberlain Ave. to register for lessons, or call 354-0434 for details.

  • On vacation with the Roane County News ... in Italy!

    The Roane County News is on a scholarly pursuit with Callie Crabtree of Rockwood.

    Crabtree, a student at Maryville College, is studying abroad in Milan, Italy, at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore.

    While on her spring break, the two grabbed a photo opportunity at The Coliseum in Rome.

    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.

  • Roane’s Frady pens new fitness book

    Roane County resident Tim Frady has recently released a new book, “Never Quit: The Back to Basics Fitness Guide,” available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle versions.

    Frady said his book focuses on relearning the basics that people know intuitively but consciously fail to remember or practice in their daily lives.

    “The book’s fitness program begins with a person’s mental and spiritual outlook before going into details about diet and exercise,” he said.

  • Voucher program helps landlords help others

    The East Tennessee Human Resource Agency administers the Housing Choice Voucher Program in Roane and 15 other East Tennessee counties.

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

    Homes must be inspected and meet HUD housing quality standards.

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

  • Look for gas prices to continue upward, at least for a while

    For the first time in more than 100 days, the year-over-year difference in the national average price for regular unleaded gasoline fell below $1 per gallon on May 12.

    Sunday’s price of $2.70 per gallon represents a new high for 2015. The national average has moved higher by 4 cents per gallon since last Sunday.

    Tennessee’s average price — $2.46 per gallon — is the highest since Dec. 10, 2014.

  • Harriman Happenings May 18

    We extend our deepest sympathy to the family of Curtis Leon Moore, who departed this life on Friday, May 8, at University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville.

    He is survived by a son, Kelvin Moore; mother, Mariah Harrison; sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles and lots of other relatives and friends.

    His service was at Kyker Funeral Home. Burial was at Braxtons Chapel Cemetery on Thursday.

    Keep this family in your prayers.

    William Ellis of Lenoir City passed away Tuesday, May 12.

  • Register kids now for Salvation Army summer camp

    A limited number of openings are available for ages 7-12 to attend this summer’s Salvation Army camp.

    The camp will be July 6-11 at Dale Hollow Lake in Kentucky.

    The deadline for applications is June 1.

    Applications may be picked up at Hands Of Mercy’s office at 147 Court St., Kingston.

    Children will check in to depart for camp at 8:30 a.m. July 6 at Hands of Mercy at 412 Devonia St., Harriman.

    A mandatory health and lice check will be performed by a nurse upon arrival.

  • It's Nursing Home Week

    Tennessee’s nursing homes are planning a variety of events for this year’s National Nursing Home Week, May 10-16.

    The 2015 National Nursing Home Week theme is “Bring on the Fiesta.”

    “This year’s Nursing Home Week theme highlights ‘familia, vida and amor,’ which is Spanish for ‘family, life and love,” said Tennessee Health Care Association Executive Director Jesse Samples.

    “These are just some of the elements needed to provide quality nursing home care.”

  • Buy a paper, help Shriners help children

    The Kerbela Shrine Paper Sale is May 11-17.

    The Kerbela Shrine Paper Sale is a major fundraiser that provides Shrine Hospitals the ability to help children in need with top-notch care without charge.

    “We sincerely hope that in these tough economic times, coupled with sky-rocketing medical costs, we can count on your media outlet to let folks know how they can help kids like Mason, this year's Shrine Poster child,” said C. Wayne Burkett, recorder for the Knoxville-based Kerbela Shriners.