Veterans who served at the U.S. Marine Corps base in North Carolina have been getting sick for decades. So have their children.
Now we have Fort McClellan, the Army chemical school in Alabama, and the stories are coming out: PCBs, radiation, depleted uranium, mustard gas and more ... leading to cancer, arthritis, autoimmune disease, diabetes, heart disease, fibromyalgia and multiple miscarriages.
There are still some openings available in the AARP driver safety course to be taught in Roane County later this month.
The eight-hour class, from noon to 4 p.m. April 22-23, offers area senior citizens a refresher course on driving and an update on rules of the road.
The class will be in Rockwood Community Center at 710 N. Chamberlain Ave.
Course participants will be taught to adjust to age-related physical changes; reduce incidents of violations and accidents; and update driving skills and rules of the road in a stress-free environment.
Hamblen County Mayor Bill Brittain is the new chairman of the board of directors for the East Tennessee Development District and the East Tennessee Human Resource Agency.
The agencies both serve Roane County.
Brittain and other officers were recently elected during the annual business meetings and luncheon.
Other officers also elected by unanimous consent of the board were Anderson County Mayor Terry Frank, vice chairwoman; Luttrell Mayor Johnny Merritt, secretary; and Campbell County Mayor E.L. Morton, treasurer.
A community discussion of the history and possible future of coal in Appalachia will take place April 7 at Pellissippi State Community College’s next Faculty Lecture Series presentation.
Grant Mincy, an adjunct faculty member in Natural and Behavioral Sciences at Pellissippi State, presents “Flowers of Darkness: Coal, Power and Liberty in the Southern Appalachian Bio-Region” beginning at 12:30 p.m. in the Goins Building Auditorium at the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.