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  • Military Matters: Michael W. Aliff

    Michael W. Aliff, an Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps cadet at Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, has graduated from the U.S. Army Air Assault School and earned the honor of wearing the Air Assault Badge.

    The 2012 graduate of Oliver Springs High School is the son of Mike Aliff of Oak Ridge and Devonah Erwin of Maryville.

    The 10-day course of instruction focuses on combat assault operations involving hands-on, performance-oriented Army warfare operations associated with helicopters.

  • Military Matters: Travis A. Best

    U.S. Air Force Airman Travis A. Best recently graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio.

    He is the grandson of Lee Patterson and Dianne McKeethan of Kingston.

    A 2008 graduate of Oakdale School, the airman is the son of James and Elaine Best of Oakdale.

    Best completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

  • Military Matters: Cody B. Jewett

    U.S. Air Force Airman Cody B. Jewett recently graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio.

    Son of Shawn and Susan Jewett of Harriman, he is a 2013 graduate of Harriman High School.

    Jewett completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

    Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate’s degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

  • Military Matters: Leonard Wright

    U.S. Army Pfc. Leonard Wright recently graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

    Son of Leonard Wright of Harriman and Donna Binford of Kingston, he is a 2014 graduate of Roane County High School, Kingston.

    During the nine weeks of training, Wright studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values and physical fitness.

    He also received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat.

  • Oak Ridge forum to include state, U.S. House candidates

    In carrying out its mission of encouraging informed and active participation in government, Oak Ridge League of Women Voters will have a candidate forum on Sept. 17.

    The forum, free and open to the public, will be at 7 p.m. in the amphitheater of Oak Ridge High School at 1450 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

    Candidates running for office in Tennessee House Districts 32 and 33, Tennessee Senatorial District 5, and U.S. House of Representatives 3rd Congressional District have been invited to participate.

  • Lincoln lecture to kick off OR series

    Roane State Community College and the Oak Ridge Institute for Continued Learning are jointly launching a free intergenerational lecture series open to the public.

    James L. “Jamie” Cotton Jr., author of “The Greatest Speech, Ever: The Remarkable Story of Abraham Lincoln and His Gettysburg Address,” will give the first lecture in the inaugural series.

    The lecture will begin at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 18 in the lecture room in the new Goff Health Sciences and Technology building on Roane State’s Oak Ridge campus.

  • OR heritage group marks 15 years at Sept. 11 celebration

    Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association members and the public are encouraged to celebrate the organization’s 15th anniversary during a reception on Sept. 11.

    The reception will be from 6 to 8 p.m. in the “Midway Gatehouse” — site of the group’s original meeting — on Scarboro Road, near the Y-12 Plant.

    Refreshments, displays and opportunities to view the historic building and its artifacts will be available.

  • Pain meds top drug problem in state

    Abuse of prescription opioids — or pain medications — is the No. 1 drug problem for Tennesseans receiving publicly funded assistance for treatment services, according to statistics recently released by the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.

    Over the past decade, substance abuse admissions for prescription drugs like hydrocodone, oxycodone, morphine and methadone have increased 500 percent, the statistics show.

  • The Garden Gate: Hard to contain your gardening enthusiasm

    For the dedicated gardener, anywhere is likely to be a spot to plant something — and anything is a likely container to plant it in.

    It isn’t necessary to have an acre of land to have a garden.

    For millions of people — apartment dwellers, people who live on houseboats, people whose occupations keep them on the road in campers and mobile homes — even a small plot is not available.

    Container gardening is the answer.

  • Free prostate cancer screening offered Sept. 18

    September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, and Roane Medical Center is among the sites free prostate-specific antigen tests are being offered.

    Testing will be conducted from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 18 in the Stowers Rotary Community Room.

    The testing is part of the free Eddie Check PSA tests and blood drives offered at 10 locations across eight East Tennessee counties.

    Blood donors will receive a free T-shirt and other special coupons and discounts for donating.