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Community News

  • FSA offering targeted loans for underserved, beginning farmers

    USDA Tennessee Farm Service Agency offers targeted farm ownership and farm operating loans to assist underserved applicants as well as beginning farmers and ranchers.
    “Each year, a portion of FSA’s loan funds are set aside to lend to targeted underserved and beginning farmers and ranchers,” said  FSA Acting Executive Director, Tyeisha Samples.

  • Save room for Lions pancakes

    The Harriman Lions Club is gearing up for its annual fundraiser, “World’s Greatest Pancake Breakfast” to help fund its many charities.

    The breakfast will be from 7 to 11 a.m. May 6 in Roane Street Grill at 812 N. Roane St., Harriman.

    Generous portions of pancakes, bacon, sausage, eggs, coffee, orange juice and milk will be available for $8 for adults, $15 for couples and $4 for ages 10 and younger.

    The Harriman Lions Club has provided exams and glasses for many people over the last 60 years.

  • Blood drive scheduled at Grande Vista Bay

    A Medic mobile blood drive is planned later this month at Grande Vista Bay.

    The blood drive will be from 3:30 to 6 p.m. April 26 at 1405 New Hope Road, Rockwood.

    All donors will be required to show identification.

    Each donor will receive a free T-shirt and coupon for a free appetizer.

    Call 524-3074 or visit www.medicblood.org for details.

  • Hear about garden toad habitat at free session

    The Master Gardeners of Roane County will host its free Brown Bag Lunch and Learn Series on March 11.

    The session begins at noon in the UT Extension Office at 3074 Roane State Hwy., Midtown.

    This session will be “Garden Toad Habitat” with Certified Master Gardener Marlin Helms.

    This is an ongoing series on the second Saturday of each month.

    Participants are asked to bring a brown bag lunch or snack to enjoy while they listen to the presentation.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.