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  • ‘Ring of Fire’ at Crossville theater

    “Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash” returns to the Cumberland County Playhouse’s Adventure Theater from March 27-June 9.

    “The show was a huge hit for us in 2013,” said director Bryce McDonald, “and since it closed we’ve had many people ask us to bring it back.”

    Playhouse Producing Director Jim Crabtree concurred.

    “It’s a wonderful production, full of heart, joy and great music,” he said.

  • Motorists paying $19 less to fill up than in ’14

    Gas prices fell for the eighth consecutive day Sunday, AAA reported earlier this week.

    “The price of oil has not seen dramatic increases in the past couple of weeks and motorists are reaping the benefits,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA-The Auto Club Group.

    “Gas prices are at their lowest level this time of year since 2009, which will entice people to take a road trip this spring.”

    The national average price for a gallon of gasoline is nearly 3 cents cheaper than a week ago, but 18 cents more expensive than last month.

  • Orlando bound? You’re not alone

    Warm destinations offering fun-filled activities for families will experience the largest influx of travelers this spring season.

    Florida has three of the top 10 most popular city destinations, including Orlando at No. 1.

    Sunny beach destinations in California and South Carolina also rank high on the list, followed by ever-popular vacation destinations Washington, D.C., New York City, Seattle and San Francisco.

  • Roane, Morgan Health Department District earns Tennessee excellence

    Roane and Morgan County Health Department District has earned Interest Level Recognition in the annual Excellence in Tennessee recognition program administered by the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence.

    TNCPE is Tennessee’s only statewide quality program and is patterned on the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, the national standard for recognizing performance excellence through innovation, improvement and visionary leadership.

    Roane and Morgan County Health Department District accepted the award at the 22nd

  • Harriman Happenings: March 16

    Due to illness, Pastor Jesse and sister Elfredia Williams were absent from church last Sunday.

    Pastor Willie Gallaher and Minister Allen Hickman were on their post.

    Minister Hickman delivered the message.

    His Bible text came from 1 Samuel 7:1-12.

    Sermon subject was God the Everlasting Rock.

    This was a great message. The celebration choir provided the music.

    Jeff Harris and his daughters from Nashville were recent guests of his mother, Julia Harris, and sister, Alicia.

  • Agent busy, but his phone wasn’t ringing off the hook

    By JUSTIN THOMAS • For Roane Newspapers

    It’s Tennessee Extension Month, and it’s interesting to note how far the program has come since its beginnings a century ago.

    University of Tennessee Extension Agriculture programs date back to 1914, with the first agriculture agent being James L. Herron.

    Things were different in those days, with Mr. Herron reporting 1,400 miles traveled by railroad.

    The phone didn’t ring as often, either, with only 192 calls reported for the year.

  • Classes teach how to better deal with chronic conditions

    Anyone dealing with diabetes or other chronic illness knows how difficult it is, and a couple of upcoming free classes aim to improve things.

    “Living Well With Chronic Conditions” is for those with diabetes, asthma, depression, COPD, heart disease, chronic pain, cancer or other conditions.

    Another class, “Take Charge of Your Diabetes,” focuses specifically on that condition.

  • Commodity foods to soon be distributed

    Mid-East Community Action Agency will have its quarterly distribution of USDA commodity foods later this month.

    The distribution will be in Harriman Church of God at 3106 Roane State Hwy., Midtown.

    Harriman and Kingston residents will pick up their foods from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 26.

    The food pick up for Oliver Springs and Rockwood residents will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 27.

    Commodity food recipients should be certified before March 13.

    Those receiving the foods are advised to bring a bag in which to carry the food.

  • Hospice volunteer training coming up

    Amedisys Hospice will conduct a two-day hospice volunteer training in Rockwood next week.

    The training sessions for ages 16 and older will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 17 and 19 in Rockwood Community Center.

    Lunch will be provided both days.

    “Hospice volunteers do not provide medical care,” said Martha Dodge, Amedisys volunteer coordinator.

    “Younger folks can make cards, room decorations and other things to brighten the day of those with terminal diseases and those caring for them.”

  • Don’t revel in lower prices at pump

    The national average price for a gallon of gasoline declined for the first time in 40 days, AAA reported earlier this week.

    The U.S. average rose 42 cents since Jan. 27, but dipped four-tenths of a cent Sunday.

    In Tennessee, the average dropped one-tenth of a cent on Sunday. Gas prices in the state have increased by 31 cents since Jan. 27.

    “Motorists are beginning to see some relief at the pump after prices rose in response to increased oil prices and refinery maintenance season,” said AAA spokesman Mark Jenkins.