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Community News

  • Roane County looks for success in 2012 Great American Cleanup

    Spring time is near, signaling the return of the nation’s largest annual community improvement program, Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup.

    Last year, 143,053 Tennessee volunteers contributed 358,240 hours picking up more than 121 million pounds of litter and debris from all 95 counties. Visit www.ktnb.org/gac.html for more results.

    Keep Tennessee Beautiful will once again look for improvement during this year’s GAC in Tennessee, which will take place March 1-May 31.

  • $16.1 million in refunds await Tennesseans

    Refunds of more than $16.1 million may be waiting for about 18,400 Tennesseans who did not file a federal income tax return for 2008.

    Nationwide, the Internal Revenue Service has more than $1 billion for about 1 million people who haven't yet filed for 2008.

    To collect the money, a return for 2008 must be filed with the IRS no later than April 17.

    There is no penalty for filing a late return qualifying for a refund.

  • Website offers state's residents free legal assistance

    More than 100 low-income Tennesseans are receiving free legal assistance every month through the OnlineTNJustice.org website, but backers of the project want to serve more.

    "With one in five Tennesseans in poverty, and with most of them having access to a computer in a library, church, or other location, we are doing all we can to spread the word that Online Tennessee Justice is a great place for them to turn to when they need help with legal problems," Memphis attorney George T. "Buck" Lewis said of the project.

  • 'Round Rockwood: Feb. 27

    By Josephine McKinney, Community correspondent
    I want to go back in time to the days of Santa Claus, the big man in a red suit. And how it was when we lived on the farm and walked three miles to the little three room school house in Swan Pond community  — no swans, no pond — but for some unknown reason that was what it was called.

  • Harriman Happenings: Feb. 20 & 27

    By Louise Warmley, Community correspondent
    Congratulations to my niece, Sheila, and nephew, Tim Williams, who celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary Tuesday, Feb. 14.

    They didn’t do anything special; they just spent a quiet evening at home with a special dinner.

    They are the parents of two daughters and two grandchildren.

    God bless you with many more years together.

  • The Garden Gate: Ashes literally mark the beginning of Lent

    By Ellen Probert Williamson
    The beginning of Lent, Ash Wednesday, falls on Feb. 22 this year.

    Churches across the country observe this day with special services that  usually culminate with the marking of a cross with ashes on the foreheads of the faithful.

    The ashes used for these ceremonies of devotion are traditionally those resulting from the burning of palms left from the previous year’s Palm Sunday observance.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Feb. 22

    25 Years Ago
    A harmless-looking hole appeared in the back parking lot of Rockwood High School. It was later determined to be about a 28-foot-deep drop that some joked “carries boats to the Lost Sea.” Water Department Superintendent Curtis Early was willing to bet the hole was an ore mine. “We’ve filled these up all over town,” he said.

    10 Years Ago

  • RSCC training center sets Feb. 28 info session

    Anyone interested in Roane State Community College’s Advanced Materials Training and Education Center — a no-cost, high-tech training program for those who are unemployed or underemployed — is welcome to attend an upcoming informational meeting at the college’s Oak Ridge cam-pus.

    The meeting will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 28 in Room C-119 of the Oak Ridge campus at 701 Briarcliff Ave.

  • GOP Women to hear about Sharia Law

    Ann Zelenik, executive director of the Tennessee Freedom Coalition, will be speaking at the Roane County Republican Women dinner at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 23 in Kingston Community Center.

    The public is welcome to attend; the cost of the soup dinner with dessert is $5. Zelenick’s presentation will start at 7 p.m.

  • Uhuru Dancers featured at International Festival

    The Uhuru Dancers will be featured performers at the International Festival on Feb. 18 at the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge.

    The dancers will lead participants to experience African culture in motion through African dance, drum and song.

    The hand-clapping, toe-tapping music, song and dance of cultures around the world will be on stage at the family-friendly event, with entertainment on stage throughout the day.