Community News

  • Military Matters: Russel Huggins

    U.S. Army Pvt. Russel Huggins recently graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

    He is the son of Daniel J. Huggins, Rockwood.

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

  • Lots to buy, learn at Roane Master Gardeners sale

    The Master Gardeners of Roane County will present its annual Helping Tennessee Grow Better Communities Plant Sale and Garden Show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 9 at Roane County Park, Midtown.

    The Master Gardeners will sell specialty plants and other garden-related items.

    “Bring the entire family and come join us for a fun-filled day at the park,” said Barbara Peratrovich, a Master Gardeners member.

    Educational display and prizes will be among the other attractions.

  • Rockwood Concert in Park slated

    A “Concert in the Park” will begin at 6 p.m. May 23 at Homecoming Park in downtown Rockwood.

    Live big-brass band music and food will be provided; the public is welcome to bring a chair or blanket to participate in the community event by Rockwood First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

  • Donate items for West Roane County VFD sale

    West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department is making plans for its annual round-the-clock fundraising yard sale.

    The sale will be 7 a.m. May 1 to 2 p.m. May 2 at Station 1 at 1303 Pumphouse Road, Rockwood.

    Donations of slightly used items are sought.

    Call 354-8201 and leave a message to arrange for pick up or drop off.

  • Community health fair rescheduled

    Wintry weather in mid-February meant a lot of planned events were either canceled or put on the back burner.

    One of the latter is the community health fair, hosted annually by Luminary United Methodist Church in Ten Mile.

    The health fair, normally on Presidents Day, will be from 8 a.m. to noon May 4 in the church at 3401 River Road.

    Free services include up to 100 comprehensive blood tests, bone density scans and screening by physicians specializing in eye, skin, ear, nose and throat.

  • Sign of the times on Rockwood streets

    Pete Kirby, left, and Jim Huddleston of the Rockwood Street Department give street signs along Kingston Avenue a fresh, new look by installing new signage on Tuesday.

    Kirby said all of the city’s street signs will have the new look.

  • Get in the Game for United Way

    Roane County United Way’s inaugural “local celebrity” basketball event, “Get in the Game!”, will begin at 7 p.m. April 17 in the gymnasium of Roane State Community College’s main campus in Roane County. Admission is $5 per person.

  • Full Metal Jackets drop in on TVA

    Members of the Roane County High School’s Full Metal Jackets robotics team recently visited TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant to show off their talents.

    TVA employees help fund the team as part of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math initiative.

    Student teams in grades 9-12 competition this year had to build robots that could handle recycling bins.

    Names of the students were not available.

  • Spring into action with free pick up

    The city of Rockwood is offering free trash and brush pick-up service to its residents through April 17.

    The city will pick up trash (1/2-ton truck) or brush (2-ton truck).

    A charge will be imposed if the brush or trash exceeds the listed amounts.

    No tires, paint cans or shingles will be accepted.

    Call 354-0184 to get on the list to have items picked up.

  • Free radon test kits available from state

    The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, in observance of Earth Day, is offering free radon test kits for a limited time.

    The program is part of TDEC’s ongoing efforts to inform Tennesseans about the dangers of radon exposure.

    “It is important for Tennesseans to test their homes because radon acts unpredictably,” TDEC Commissioner Bob Martineau said.

    “We are pleased to provide a simple do-it-yourself test kit that can determine the presence of radon in the home and can help prevent exposure.”