Community News

  • 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.

  • Extension work starts at young age

    By Justin Thomas • For Roane Newspapers

    Head, heart, hands and health.

    These are the four “H’s” in 4-H, a youth development program offered through the University of Tennessee Extension offices in all 95 counties.

    There are many ways that 4-H impacts youth in Roane County, including in-school clubs and project groups.

  • 2.1 tons hauled from lake in last year’s cleanup

    Twenty-four volunteers pulled 2.1 tons of bottles, cans, tires and miscellaneous debris from Watts Bar Lake during last year’s River Rescue shoreline cleanup.

    Watts Bar Lake Association, Ijams Nature Center and TVA will have this year’s event, which will be from 9 a.m. to noon April 11.

    “We’d love to see as many people as possible to join us,” said Peter Giroux of Watts Bar Lake Association.

    Gloves, trash bags and grabbers will be furnished.

  • AARP driver safety course set

    A two-day AARP driver safety course is planned for later this month.

    The class will be from noon to 4 p.m. April 23-24 in Rockwood Community Center at 710 N. Chamberlain Ave.

    It will be taught by Diana Davis.

    Call Jim Norton at 233-3442 to register or for more about this and other driver safety courses in the area.

  • New Roane United Way board of directors

    Roane County United Way board of directors honor Bill Rhyne, center, for his service to the agency during the agency’s 2015 annual meeting at Roane County Park.

    Board members are, from left, Teresa Kirkham, James Doyle, Pat Baldwin, Suzanne Horsfall, Dana Peterka, Rhyne, Deb Schenk, Jan Hashmi, Susan Howell, Sharon Kohler, Deb Sumner and Scott Mason.