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Community News

  • Landlords sought for voucher plan

    East Tennessee Human Resource Agency is searching for landlords and property managers interested in participating in the Housing Choice Voucher Program.

    Funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, this program helps more than 700 families in 16 counties obtain safe, decent housing at a cost which they are able to afford.

    Homes must be inspected and meet HUD's housing quality standards.

    The family's rental subsidy is income-based and paid directly to the landlord.

  • DOE bus tours continue until Sept. 2

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s 2011 Oak Ridge Facilities public bus tour has begun for the summer.

    The tour continues through Sept. 2.

    It offers visitors a first-hand look at the DOE’s Oak Ridge facilities and provides historical commentary on the transformation of the Oak Ridge Reservation during the past 65 years.

    The tour continues to be a focal point for tourists visiting the area. Since its inception in 1996, the
    DOE public tour program has attracted 25,000 visitors from all 50 states.  

  • Foundation awarding special grants to nonprofit agencies

    East Tennessee Foundation celebrates 25 years of thoughtful giving – Neighbors Caring for Neighbors — in 2011.

    The foundation plans to  mark the occasion and to demonstrate what it does in the 25-county service area that includes Roane County, by awarding 25 special grants to nonprofit agencies.

    One nonprofit agency in each of the 25 counties will be selected to receive a $2,500 grant.

    In addition, a $25,000 foundation recognition endowment will be awarded to a nonprofit within the service area.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of June 8

    25 Years Ago
    Bowers Elementary School fourth-grader Joey Presswood received a certificate for five years of perfect attendance. Joey, the 11-year-old son of Buddy and Mildred Presswood of the Emory Gap community, had not missed a day of school since he started kindergarten.

    10 Years Ago

  • The Garden Gate: Does your salad start or end the meal?

    By Ellen Probert Williamson

  • 'Star Wars' group to make appearance at Kingston book sale

    Kingston Library Foundation will have a used book sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 18 at Kingston Community Center.

    Money raised from this sale will go toward purchasing children’s books, large-print books, magazines and the newest best sellers.

    “We sincerely appreciate all your previous donations that made our book sales so profitable,” said Joyce Young of Kingston Library Foundation. “As in the past, we are requesting your help in donating your soft backed and hard backed books to the library for this sale.”

  • Red Cross going to one military contact number

    As part of an ongoing effort to better serve the military community, the American Red Cross is moving to a single telephone number for its emergency communication services.

    Beginning at 8 a.m. June 13, service members and their families can use one toll-free number — 877-272-7337 — to send an urgent message to a service member.

    “The Red Cross has always been there for us,” Robert L. Gordon III, deputy assistant secretary of defense for military community and family policy, said.

  • Midway High class of 1951 reunites

    Midway High School’s class of 1951 recently had their 60-year reunion in Whitestone Country Inn.

    Classmates attending are, front row from left, Ada Frank Woody Thompson, Mary Johnson Kimbell, John Kimbell; middle row, Nola Hall Francis, Christine Raley Matthews, Marie Mitchell White, Tiny Rose Creasman, Stella Huston Massey; and back row, Darrell Townsend, Joe Deatherage and Willie Rose Green.

  • Summer reading program: Oliver Springs sets ‘One World, Many Stories’

    Area preschool and elementary students are encouraged to participate in “One World, Many Stories,” the Oliver Springs Public Library’s summer library program.

    The program, which takes place each Tuesday through June, will feature a different country each week with a story, activity, craft and food representing that country.  

    Interested patrons are welcome to read for prizes and take part in special events offered throughout the summer.

  • Summer reading program: Kingston plans activities in City Park

    Kingston Public Library’s annual summer reading program kicked off on June 1.

    The program, which will continue each Wednesday through the end of the month, will be from 10 a.m. to noon in the pavilion at Kingston City Park.

    Artist Micki Anderson is heading up this year’s program. Refreshments will be served courtesy of area businesses.

    Call Barbara Thorbjornsen at 376-9905 for more information.