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Community News

  • Free Knoxville hospital workshop to assist with health plan enrollments

    Tennova Healthcare will offer area residents free assistance in learning about and enrolling in health insurance options on the Health Insurance Marketplace.

    The health system will have a free workshop to help individuals enroll from 8 a.m. to noon Nov. 22 in the registration department at Physicians Regional Medical Center at 900 E. Oak Hill Ave., Knoxville.

    Application counselors will be on hand to help with enrollments on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Harriman Happenings 11/17

    Last Sunday Redd Hardy was ordained for a deacon at St. Mary’s Missionary Baptist Church in Chattanooga, where he has been a member for a long time.

    Herbert and Carolyn Griffin, Richard and Mary Hickey, Keith and Jill Johnson and Rosa Osborn of Harriman attended this service.

    Deacon Hickey read the Scripture. Deacon Griffin gave the duty of a deacon and Carolyn gave encouraging expressions to her daughter, Redd’s wife.

    Robin’s son Randy Shannon sang a melody of songs.

  • On vacation ... with the Roane County News

    Kingston City Council member Teresa Nichols and her husband, Jeff, took the Roane County News with them on a recent trip to Denmark.

    The trio stopped by Legoland in Billund, Denmark, for one of the paper’s more fun photos. 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 photos at the newspaper office at 204 Franklin St., Kingston, or email to newsroom@roanecounty.com. Happy travels!

  • CONTACT training reassurance volunteers

    CONTACT Care Line will have a free training session for those interested in its reassurance program.

    The training will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Nov. 13 in Grace Lutheran Church at 131 W. Gettysburg Ave., Oak Ridge.

    Volunteers may park in the back parking lot of the church and enter through the double-glass doors.

    Those interested in more information may call 865-312-7450 or email office@contact

    carelinetn.org and leave a name and phone number.

  • UT opens new mobile spay/neuter clinic

    The University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine has officially opened its new mobile spay/neuter clinic.

    “We look forward to a time when a lack of available locations where people can get their pets spayed and neutered is a thing of the past,” said Karen Walsh, a field program manager with PetSmart Charities Inc.

    The charity made the unit possible with a $260,485 grant.

    The 36-foot unit includes three surgery tables, holding cages and an oxygenizer.

  • Help available for open enrollment in health-care plans

    The window for open enrollment in the Affordable Care Act health-care plans is Nov. 15 to Feb. 15, and Oak Ridge Public Library is planning two opportunities for the public to enroll.

    Due to library renovations, these programs will be in the AB Room of the Oak Ridge Recreation Center at 1403 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

    The programs will be from 1 to 6 p.m. Nov. 22 and Dec. 6.

  • Harriman’s Henderson a lieutenant colonel

    The U.S. Army promoted Lt. Col. Courtney L. Henderson to his present rank during a spring ceremony in Colorado Springs, Colo.

    A Harriman native, he is the son of Marcella Willis of Kingston and Sammy L. Henderson of Harriman.

    The lieutenant colonel was commissioned into the Army as a signal officer in August 1998, only months after he graduated from Roane County High School, Kingston.

    Henderson served as a gold bar recruiter for his first three months of active duty before attending the signal officer basic course in Fort Gordon, Ga.

  • New United Way funding model to be discussed

    Roane County United Way will have the second of two meetings to share information with the community and potential non-profit partners regarding a new funding model currently being implemented.

    The meeting will begin at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 11 in the United Way office at 2735 Roane State Hwy., Midtown.

    Based on community input, the United Way is now focused on helping more members of the community achieve greater financial stability, additional education and job skills, and healthier lifestyles.

  • Bark for Life set for this weekend

    Bark for Life, a new Roane County Relay for Life fundraising event for the American Cancer Society, honors the care-giving qualities of canine companions.

    The event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Roane County Park shed 2. Registration begins at 9:15 a.m.

    Preregistration is $10 per dog and $5 for each additional pet owner. Registration the date of the event will be $15 per dog.

    For those on Relay teams, registration fees will go toward their team’s fundraising total.

  • Get ready for Christmas Ideas Fair

    Rural Mixers Family and Community Education Club members are gearing up for this week’s Christmas Ideas Fair.

    Club members include, seated, Rachel Wright and Robin Greenburg; and standing, Linda Rogers, Judy Murray, Lennie Stansbury, Madge Jackson and Debbie Genona.

    The Christmas Ideas Fair, a project of Roane County FCE clubs, will be from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 6 and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 7 in Kingston Community Center.

    Handmade items and crafts will be featured, with lunch and dinner available on Thursday, and lunch available on Friday.