Community News

  • Fundraising campaign for proposed amphitheater kicking off next month

    A pledge campaign to help fund construction of an amphitheater on Watts Bar Lake in Kingston will officially get underway in January.

    The goal of the 18-month-long campaign is to raise $160,000 for the construction of what is being referred to as Three Rivers Amphitheater.

    “Three Rivers Amphitheater refers to the site’s proximity to the Tennessee, Clinch and Emory rivers,” said a website dedicated to the project at www.kingstonamphitheater.org.

  • Soup’s On fundraiser in 10th year for CAC

    Kids First Child Advocacy Center’s 10th annual Soup’s On fundraising event will be on Jan. 21 in Tellico Village Community Church’s Christian life center.

    Lunch will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; dinner will be from 4:30 to 7 p.m.

    Tickets are on sale now and are $10 in advance, $12 at the door.

    Soups will include Blackfoot potato with sausage, Tuscan chicken, Elvis Presley vegetable, vegetarian and Hunter’s Chili.

    Call 865-986-1505 or visit kidsfirsttn.org for details.

  • Rep. Travis a Champion of Commerce

    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.

  • Sip coffee, climb with a ranger along the Obed

    Obed Wild and Scenic River will kick off the new year with two programs on Jan. 3.

    Join National Park Service rangers for a free cup of coffee and informational session at Lilly Bridge from 10 to 10:30 a.m.

    The Climb With a Ranger program will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., beginning at Lilly Bridge.

    The park will provide all gear for rock climbing. Those participating should bring drinking water and sturdy footwear.

  • Oliver Springs woman writes book about 75-year-old mystery killings

    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.

  • Start your New Year right by taking a hike at state park

    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.

  • Woody to talk planning in OR

    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.

  • Plan ahead during party season

    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.”

  • Obed film wins national honors

    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-

  • Holidays perfect time for writing

    The Roane Writers Group has kicked off its annual student writing contest for the 2014-15 academic year.

    Open to all Roane County students in grades 4-12, the contest welcomes submissions in three categories: short story, poetry and essay.

    Entries will be accepted through March 6.

    The contest was conceived to encourage children to discover the joys of good writing and appreciate the difference it could make in their futures.