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  • Yager, Calfee invited to March legislative breakfast in Oak Ridge

    The Tennessee General Assembly has now been in session for more than two months.

    According to LegiScan, an impartial and non-partisan legislative tracking and reporting service, 195 of the 3,192 introduced bills were completed by mid-March.

    Legislative committees are dealing with hundreds of bills ranging from education, environment and health care to firearms, digital currency and controlled substances.

  • Looking for a gift idea? Try a tag

    Tennessee Specialty License Plates — which support more than 100 different organizations and charities — are now available as gifts through a new website hosted by the state Department of Treasury office at Tennessee Gift Center.

    The website is at tngiftcenter.com.

    The Gift-A-Tag Gift Voucher Program is the first offering on the Tennessee Gift Center website and it can be accessed directly by going to tngiftcenter.com/giftatag.

    Each Gift-A-Tag is good for the purchase of a specialty plate or the personalization of any license plate.

  • ‘Ring of Fire’ at Crossville theater

    “Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash” returns to the Cumberland County Playhouse’s Adventure Theater from March 27-June 9.

    “The show was a huge hit for us in 2013,” said director Bryce McDonald, “and since it closed we’ve had many people ask us to bring it back.”

    Playhouse Producing Director Jim Crabtree concurred.

    “It’s a wonderful production, full of heart, joy and great music,” he said.

  • Tennessee farmers applauded for work on special occasion

    Gov. Bill Haslam has proclaimed March 18 as Agriculture Day in Tennessee.

    This day coincides with National Agriculture Day to celebrate the abundance provided by the farms and producers of America.

    “We thank Gov. Haslam for recognizing the influence of agriculture on our state,” Commissioner of Agriculture Julius Johnson said.

    “As the world population soars, the demand for food, fiber and fuel continues to grow. Tennessee is helping to meet that demand.”

  • Breakfast funds help at home and abroad

    Roane County Trustee Wilma Eblen, right, is among the 175 people taking advantage of the good food and camaraderie at Kingston Rotary Club’s annual pancake breakfast fundraiser.

    Proceeds from the breakfast support service projects such as providing dictionaries to each third-grade student at Midway and Kingston Elementary Schools; awarding a scholarship to a nontraditional student at Roane State Community College; and helping to provide kidney transplants for low-income children in Mexico.

  • Registration to begin April 1 for summer camp

    Registration begins on April 1 for Oak Ridge Recreation and Parks Department’s 2015 summer camp.

    A link to ActiveNet online registration will be available at orrecparks.oakridgetn.gov.

    Space is limited, and the camp fills up quickly so early registration is recommended.

    Online registration will be available 24/7 beginning at 8 a.m. April 1.

    Payment plans are available only to online registrants. All payments must be completed by June 1.

    Convenience fees will apply to all credit card payments and payment plans.

  • Stories of Great War to be shared

    There is a reason Veterans Day Parades halt for a moment of silence at precisely 11 a.m.

    It was at 11 a.m. on the 11th of November 1918, that the deadliest and most destructive war in history, to that point, ended.

    More than 130,000 Tennesseans served in the Great War, some 40,000 of them from East Tennessee.

  • Motorists paying $19 less to fill up than in ’14

    Gas prices fell for the eighth consecutive day Sunday, AAA reported earlier this week.

    “The price of oil has not seen dramatic increases in the past couple of weeks and motorists are reaping the benefits,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA-The Auto Club Group.

    “Gas prices are at their lowest level this time of year since 2009, which will entice people to take a road trip this spring.”

    The national average price for a gallon of gasoline is nearly 3 cents cheaper than a week ago, but 18 cents more expensive than last month.

  • Orlando bound? You’re not alone

    Warm destinations offering fun-filled activities for families will experience the largest influx of travelers this spring season.

    Florida has three of the top 10 most popular city destinations, including Orlando at No. 1.

    Sunny beach destinations in California and South Carolina also rank high on the list, followed by ever-popular vacation destinations Washington, D.C., New York City, Seattle and San Francisco.

  • Roane, Morgan Health Department District earns Tennessee excellence

    Roane and Morgan County Health Department District has earned Interest Level Recognition in the annual Excellence in Tennessee recognition program administered by the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence.

    TNCPE is Tennessee’s only statewide quality program and is patterned on the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, the national standard for recognizing performance excellence through innovation, improvement and visionary leadership.

    Roane and Morgan County Health Department District accepted the award at the 22nd