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Community News

  • Roane State fees due Jan. 5

    Registration for Roane State Community College’s spring semester is under way.

    For students who register on or before Jan 5, fees are due by Jan. 5 at 4:30 p.m. to avoid deletion of their class schedule.

    Students can pay fees at www.roanestate.edu.

    Click on RaiderNet.

    Log in to your account.

    Click on the Account Summary and Pay link in the Student Self-Service Box.

    Payment is also accepted by personal check, money order, or by Visa, American Express or MasterCard credit or debit card at any Roane State campus.

  • Double the good with Medic in OS

    Medic Regional Blood Center and Second Harvest Food Bank are teaming up in December with a “Double Your Good Deed” theme to create a unique giving opportunity for donors.

    All blood donors, including those donating next week during a blood drive in Oliver Springs High School library, will have the opportunity to opt out of a T-shirt, and a donation equal to nine meals will be made to Second Harvest.

    “It’s very easy for donors to help two area nonprofits at one time,” said Medic spokeswoman Christi Fightmaster.

  • Does the IRS have your refund check?

    The Internal Revenue Service it is looking to return $2.1 million in undelivered tax refund checks to 1,779 Tennessee filers.

    The refund checks could not be delivered because of mailing address errors. The checks average $1,182.

    Nationwide, there are more than 99,000 undelivered refund checks worth about $153 million. The checks average $1,547.

  • ‘Nutcracker’ helping shelter pets

    Those planning to attend this weekend’s performances of “The Nutcracker” are urged by staff and students of Arts in Motion  studios to open their hearts to help the county’s homeless pets.

    Members of the audience are asked to donate pet food prior to each performance in the O’Brien Theater of Roane State Community College’s main campus.

    Performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. Dec. 2-3 and at 2 p.m. Dec. 4. A school performance will start at 10 a.m. Dec. 1.

  • Santa is Rockwood bound

    It’s may be his busiest time of the year, but Santa Claus is taking a break from the North Pole hustle and bustle to visit with all the boys and girls in Roane County on Friday.

    He’s joining his friends at Rockwood 2000 for a free family event beginning at 7 p.m. at Rockwood Homecoming Park.

    Photo opportunities will be available; the public is encouraged to bring along cameras for this special event, which is part of the annual tree-lighting celebration that ushers in the holiday season in Rockwood.

  • 9 teams represented at Relay for Life kickoff

    Volunteers, participants and cancer survivors launched fundraising efforts recently during a rally to kick off the 2012 American Cancer Society Relay for Life in Roane County.

    Roane Countians Steve and Linda Beason shared their experiences with the Hope Lodge in Nashville.

    Hope Lodge is a program funded by the money raised at Relay for Life. It offers free lodging to cancer patients and a caregiver while the patient is undergoing treatment.

  • Wood, Dunn have works in national juried exhibition

    Two Roane County artists will have their works shown during the Arts & Culture Alliance’s National Juried Exhibition of 2011.

    Katie Wood of Harriman and T.P. Dunn of Kingston are among the 38 artists in the Southeast and Midwest whose works are included in the new exhibition featuring both traditional and non-traditional work.

    The exhibition will be displayed from Dec. 2-Jan. 27, 2012, in the Emporium Center at 100 S. Gay St., downtown Knoxville.

  • Hospice volunteers sought

    Caris Healthcare is seeking volunteers to provide companionship to hospice patients.

    No experience is necessary.

    Free training, tuberculosis test and hepatitis B vaccine will be provided.

    Contact the Caris Healthcare volunteer coordinator at 1475 Simpson Road West, Lenoir City, TN 37771; 865-988-8034; or cmcdaniel@carishealthcare.com.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Nov. 30

    25 Years Ago
    Established and newcomer in Rockwood: Evans Mortuary celebrated its 10th anniversary with an open house where visitors were taken on a tour of the facility and treated to refreshments. Further south on Gateway Avenue, plans were finalized for the construction of a new Hardee’s restaurant.

    10 Years Ago

  • The Garden Gate: Holiday green brings an air of festivity

    By Ellen Probert Williamson
    The hanging of the greens in churches at the beginning of Advent began with the ancient Roman festival of Kalends, when green branches were given to friends for good luck and to bring blessings on the household.

    The bringing of evergreens into the house was thought to help woodland spirits who might be clinging to the branches. They would be warmed, sheltered and add to the festivity of the season.