Community News

  • Thunder Road Festival Saturday in Rockwood

    Rockwood Thunder Road Festival is roaring back this Saturday with a mix of old and new draws.
    “We already have a great amount of vendors and cars signed up,” said event organizer Bill Anderson.
    New for this year is the Moonshine Runners Obstacle Course at Homecoming Park.
    The first run will begin at 11:45 a.m. A second run will start at 1 p.m. The event has a $2 entry fee.
    Also this year is a best costume for moonshiner or hillbilly. The winner of Mr. and Mrs. Best Moonshiner will be announced at 3:30 p.m.

  • Easter Egg Hunts 2015
  • Walk with frog calls, bats

    The Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Reservation will have a “frog calls and bat monitoring” nature walk on April 4.

    Participants, limited to 25 with children allowed, will meet at 7 p.m. at the visitors overlook parking lot of East Tennessee Technology Park (former K-25 Site) on Gallaher Road.

    The walk will be concentrated around the ponds surrounding the park.

  • Not ready to take boat’s helm? Class shows how

    “Now In Command,” a U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary course, will be from 6 to 9 p.m. April 16 in Kingston Community Center.

    Cost of the course is $25.

    The course is geared for those who are generally not at the helm of a boat. Its purpose is to help them become prepared with practical knowledge skills in case of an emergency.

  • Easter Egg Hunts 2015
  • Pancakes still a bargain at Kingston Lions breakfast

    In spring, thoughts turn to daffodils, tulips, forsythia — and pancakes.

    To satisfy the sweet tooth, the Kingston Lions Club has scheduled its annual pancake breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. March 28 in Kingston First Baptist Church’s family center.

    The cost is the same as last year: $5 for adults, $2 for children younger than 12.

    The menu will again include pancakes, bacon, sausage, orange juice, milk and coffee.

  • USDA statistics reveal 97 percent of all U.S. farms are family owned

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service reports that family-owned farms remain the backbone of the agriculture industry.

    The latest data come from the Census of Agriculture farm typology report and help shine light on the question, “What is a family farm?”

    “As we wrap up mining the 6 million data points from the latest Census of Agriculture, we used typology to further explore the demographics of who is farming and ranching today,” said Statistics Division Director Hubert Hamer.

  • 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.