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  • Keep eyes, mind on the road when driving

    In recognition of Distracted Driving Awareness Month, AAA is warning drivers to avoid any activities that divert attention from the primary driving task.

    Any distractions could endanger a driver, passengers or others sharing the road, such as bicyclists or pedestrians.

  • Get ready to apply for arts grants

    The Tennessee Arts Commission is partnering with 13 arts and cultural agencies and development districts across the state to offer Arts Build Community grants for Fiscal Year 2016.

    ABC grants provide support for arts and cultural projects that positively impact communities across Tennessee.

    The grants are designed to help effect positive change in communities through the arts.

  • Coal in Appalachia focus of forum

    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.

    The event is free and the community is invited.

  • Easter Egg Hunts 2015
  • Happy Easter! No weekend road construction

    The Tennessee Department of Transportation will suspend all interstate construction work this Easter weekend in anticipation of increased holiday travel.

    TDOT crews and contractors stopped all road construction work that requires lane closures at 6 p.m. April 2.

    Road construction will be halted until 6 a.m. April 6 to provide maximum roadway capacity to motorists expected to travel across the state this holiday weekend.

    Motorists will still encounter some long term lane closures on construction projects that will remain in place.

  • Caregiver course starts April 8 at Mid-East offices

    A free six-week Powerful Tools for Caregivers course will be from 1 to 3:30 p.m. each Wednesday beginning April 8.

    The course will continue weekly until May 13 in Mid-East Community Action Agency at 2415 N. Gateway Ave., Suite B, Rockwood.

    It will be facilitated by Powerful Tools for Caregivers Class Leaders Kyra Clements and Amber Jacks.

    Class size is strictly limited, and preregistration is required.

    Contact Jacks at 354-0450, Ext. 228, or ajacks@mecaa.net to register or for information.

  • Lots of family fun at Thunder Road Festival

    Rockwood’s Thunder Road Festival on Saturday is open not only to moonshiners — buckaroos of all ages are welcome, too.

    Rockwood Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller will kick off festivities with an opening ceremony at 10 a.m.

    Vendors and cars of all makes and models will be on the downtown streets.

    Other festivities include a best costume contest for moonshiner or hillbilly, a Barre Exercise demonstration at 11:15 a.m. and musical entertainment.

    A parts alley will be available for car parts vendors.

  • Easter Egg Hunts 2015
  • Chicks, ducklings not wise gift choice

    Those Easter baskets are often filled with candy and colorful eggs.

    However, there is one type of gift to avoid during the holiday — baby chicks and ducklings.

    The Centers for Disease Control reports live poultry commonly carry Salmonella germs.

    When humans handle the birds, the bacteria can spread. Exposure to Salmonella commonly causes extreme abdominal upset. In severe cases, the illness can be fatal.

  • Tennesseans’ prices at pump little affected by Middle East

    Tensions between Saudi Arabia and Libya caused oil prices to briefly spike last week, but Tennesseans saw little difference in prices at the pump.

    Florida gas prices, however, responded in kind.

    “The increase in oil came at a time when gasoline supplies in Florida are already tight,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman for AAA-The Auto Club Group.