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Community News

  • Weather delays International Fest for a week

    Inclement weather led officials at the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge to postpone its International Festival.

    The festival is rescheduled for Feb. 28 in the museum at 461 West Outer Drive, Oak Ridge.

    The same entertainment line-up, food and culture booths originally scheduled are on tap to be there for the rescheduled event.

    Entertainment, crafts and cuisines from cultures around the world will be featured at the International Festival.

    Spice of India Dancers will be the featured performers.

  • Safety first with Valentine’s Day cooking, candles

    A Valentine’s Day spent with a home-cooked meal and candles lit can quickly turn to disaster if fire safety measures are not in place.

    The biggest disaster threat in the United States isn’t floods, hurricanes or tornadoes — it’s fire, reports the American Red Cross.

    The Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters a year — one every eight minutes — and most are home fires.

  • Threatened historic sites sought for annual ET list

    East Tennessee Preservation Alliance is now accepting nominations for the East Tennessee Endangered 8, a listing of the eight most threatened historic sites in the region.

    The goal of the list is to educate property owners, the general public and area leaders about the plight and value of these significant historic resources.

    Nominations are due by March 2. Nomination forms are available online at knoxheritage.org/ETPA.

    The selected Endangered 8 will be announced at 11:30 a.m. April 17 at Historic Westwood, Knoxville.

  • Archivists continue to collect memorabilia for Civil War anniversary

    The Tennessee State Library and Archives continues the successful “Looking Back” project during the 2015 Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Signature Event at the East Tennessee Historical Society at 601 S. Gay St., Knoxville.

  • Tennesseans paying 12 cents more at the pump

    Tennessee motorists saw pump prices jump more than a dime last week.

    Both the national and state average prices for a gallon of regular unleaded rose 12 cents in seven days.

    “Gas prices increased due to a series of refinery issues in the Midwest and a rise in crude oil prices,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA, The Auto Club Group.

    “Gasoline and oil prices quickly rose mid-week, but stabilized through the weekend.”

  • Yager TN911’s Legislator of the Year

    State Sen. Ken Yager has been named 2014’s Legislator of the Year by TN911, an association of emergency communications districts across Tennessee.

    John Stuermer, the organization’s 2014 president, presented the award.

    “On behalf of TN911 and the folks who work in emergency communications across this state, we want to recognize Sen. [and] State and Local Government Committee Chairman Ken Yager for his commitment to improving the 911 system in Tennessee,” Stuermer said.

  • Don’t forget about Presidents Day health fair

    A blood lab is only one of the many screening services to be provided during Luminary United Methodist Church’s annual free community health fair on Feb. 16.

    The lab and several physicians and medical specialists will provide free screening services from 8 a.m. to noon.

    Call the church at 376-7040 to schedule a free bone density scan appointment from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • Healthy breasts save lives

    Roane County is one of the top three counties in a 16-county area with the highest incidences of breast cancer, a Tennessee Department of Health study reported in 2013.

    That’s why the Roane County Health Department and Roane County United Way are teaming up to serve as Ambassadors for the Susan G. Komen Knoxville breast cancer awareness and education program.

    The study, Cancer in Tennessee, determined that 4,363 new breast cancer cases are annually diagnosed in Tennessee.

  • Controlled burns now underway near old K-25 Site

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Office is initiating a series of controlled burns of grassland areas on the Oak Ridge Reservation.

    The controlled burns are for prescribed burning at East Tennessee Technology Park (former K-25 Site) and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory through April.

    Weather permitting, controlled burns will take place at:

    • West Borrow kudzu infestation, approximately 6 acres southeast of the Technology Park.

  • Give blood, help the area’s hungry

    Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee is partnering with MEDIC Regional Blood Center this month to help feed those who are hungry.

    When blood donors opt out of receiving a T-shirt during blood drives through Feb. 28, Medic will donate the money saved to Second Harvest.

    Each shirt declined will provide eight meals to the hungry in East Tennessee.