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Community News

  • Hospice volunteers needed

    Caris Hospice is seeking volunteers to work with patients and families coping with a terminal illness in Roane County.

    Patient visitation and caregiver respite, administrative and special-projects volunteers are needed.

    “Please join us to share a smile or laugh, organize the office or make a gift for our patients,” said Jennifer Wilson, hospice volunteer coordinator.

    “Overwhelmingly, our volunteers report they receive blessings during this sacred time.”

  • Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.

    Special music and messages were given during a service celebrating the spiritual legacy of the civil rights leader on the eve of his birthday.

    Rockwood church leaders under the name People for the Dream organized the event in Rockwood Christian Church, Disciples of Christ.

    “The whole movement was born out of the church,” said Bea Thomas, Speights Chapel AME Zion Church pastor, prior to the event.

  • On vacation with the Roane County News ... in Aruba!

    The Roane County News was chasing sun and fun when it went to Aruba with Wayne and Erna Tipps over the holidays.

    “The weather was wonderful,” the couple said. “We missed the annual ‘cold spell’ in Tennessee.”

    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.

  • Grant aims to help nonprofits in pediatric cancer treatment, services

    East Tennessee Foundation is now accepting applications for funding from the Butterfly Fund of East Tennessee Foundation.

    Organizations must be tax-exempt 501(c)(3) or other exempt entities and submit proposals directly related to support of pediatric oncology research, treatment and/or services.

    Funds totaling $50,000 are available to award, and organizations may apply for the entire amount or a portion of funds available.

    Using an online grant application system, applications must be submitted no later than Feb. 27 to be eligible for funding.

  • On vacation with the Roane County News ... to the Caribbean!

    While everyone was dealing with the bitter cold temperatures, Steve and Mona Bolden took their Roane County News on a cruise to the Southern Caribbean to celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary, Jan. 11-18.

    They said the temperatures were perfect, staying between 79-81.

    They visited San Juan, Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, St. Maarten and Barbados.

    Planning a vacation?

    Take your Roane County News along and pose with it to be included in an upcoming issue.

  • Yager heads state, local gov’t committee

    State Sen. Ken Yager has been appointed chairman of the Senate’s state and local government committee for the 109th Tennessee General Assembly.

    The Kingston Republican, who represents the 12th District in the Tennessee Senate, was also chosen to serve on the Senate’s commerce and labor and energy, agriculture and natural resources committees.

  • Air Force Jazz Ensemble to perform at Princess

    The U.S. Air Force Band of Mid-America Shades of Blue Jazz Ensemble will perform in a free concert beginning at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 2 in the Princess Theatre in downtown Harriman.

    Although admission is free, tickets are required.

    Tickets can be picked up in advance from Rocky Top General Store at 316 Ruritan Road or Harriman Jewelry Exchange at 509 Roane St., both in Harriman.

    Remaining tickets will be available at the box office on the day of the concert.

  • Food City cites employees for volunteerism

    Food City stores in Harriman, Kingston and Oliver Springs recently recognized employees through the supermarket chain’s Claude P. Varney Volunteer Recognition Program.

    Savannah Daugherty of the Harriman store was honored for her work with East Tennessee Children’s Hospital and Anderson County Rescue Squad.

    The Kingston store applauded Tiffany Martin for her work with Anointed Praise and Worship’s women’s ministry.

  • Volunteer Energy Cooperative launches online, mobile account tracking tools

    Volunteer Energy Cooperative, which serves South Roane County in its 17-county service area, is helping electricity consumers take control of their energy use and costs in 2015 with a full array of online and mobile account tracking and management options that was launched Jan. 15.

    VE-Bill, VEC’s online bill presentment and payment service, has been upgraded to include a wealth of tools.

    The addition of the mobile app SmartHub allows VEC members to take all these tools on the go.

  • Weekly cancer support group to start in February

    A cancer support group aimed at helping anyone affected by the disease will start up in February.

    The group will meet at 11 a.m. each Saturday in Asbury Chapel United Methodist Church at 1717 Eureka Road, Rockwood.

    “This support group is designed to help anyone that has had cancer impact their lives,” said Asbury Chapel Pastor Sam Reese.