The Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry and the Dayton Chamber of Commerce recently awarded the coveted Champion of Commerce award to state Rep. Ron Travis.
Travis, a Dayton Republican, represents part of Rockwood and southwestern Roane County in District 31 of the Tennessee House of Representatives.
The statewide board of directors for the Tennessee Chamber approves the award for legislators who have demonstrated exemplary efforts in protecting and promoting business and free enterprise at the conclusion of each General Assembly.
An Oliver Springs woman who has long been intrigued by the mystery slayings of two sisters and their 16-year-old errand boy has written a book about the ordeal.
“Murder by the Springs: An Unsolved Triple Murder in Oliver Springs in 1940” is a 138-page book penned by Danita Ashley, who has researched the story for more than a decade. The book is available on Amazon.com and may be purchased in either paperback or Kindle version.
Tennessee State Parks will sponsor free, guided hikes on New Year’s Day. Each state park will host its own special hike in the first few days of the New Year.
The First Hikes begin at 10 p.m. on Dec. 31 at Radnor Lake State Park. Henry Horton, Harrison Bay, Tims Ford, Norris Dam and Pickett state parks will host midnight hikes. The First Hikes will continue throughout New Year’s Day with morning, afternoon and evening hikes.
Roane County Executive Ron Woody will be the guest speaker at 2015’s first Oak Ridge League of Women Voters Lunch with the League.
The program will begin at noon Jan. 6 in the social hall of the Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church’s new location at 809 Oak Ridge Turnpike.
A significant portion of Oak Ridge is in Roane County, and Roane County government is planning for the future.
Woody will give his perspective on issues facing Roane County and an update on the state of the county.
AAA and Bud Light urge motorists to plan ahead for the holiday weekend if they will be out drinking. This means choosing a designated driver, staying where you are celebrating, using a cab or finding another form of sober transportation.
“It is imperative that motorists plan ahead,” said Gerry Gutowski, senior vice president, Automotive Services, The Auto Club Group. “For those that have no other safe option, Tow to Go is available.”
The Obed Wild and Scenic River Visitor Center’s film, “The Obed: Find Yourself Here,” recently placed first in the short video category of the National Association of Interpretation’s 2014 Media Award Winners.
The awards competition promotes excellence in the delivery of natural, cultural and historical information.
The National Association for Interpretation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit professional organization, is dedicated to advancing the profession of heritage interpretation, currently serving pro-