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Community News

  • Gaze at the stars Saturday

    One advantage to winter’s longer nights is stargazing, and Roane State Community College’s Tamke-Allan Observatory is the perfect place to do it.

    The facility’s next public stargaze is Feb. 5. The gate at the Roane County facility opens at 7 p.m.; the stargaze starts at 7:30.

  • MILITARY MATTERS: Randy D. Rollins

    U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Randy D. Rollins was recently presented with the Lt. Gen. Leo Marquez Award for being named the U.S. Air Force in Europe Marquez Award recipient.

    The award is presented to maintenance, communications-electronics maintainers who have demonstrated the highest degree of sustained job performance, efficiency, knowledge and results, and have had direct involvement in sortie (aircraft flight mission) generation.

    Son of Pleas and Diana Rollins of Rockwood, the technical sergeant is a 1999 graduate of Rockwood High School.

  • Free Presidents Day health fair slated

    A free health fair is planned for Presidents Day, Feb. 21, in Luminary United Methodist Church at 3401 River Road, Ten Mile.

    Call 376-7040 for details.

    Summit Medical Group of Knoxville will perform free fasting comprehensive blood-screening panels for the first 100 people beginning at 8 a.m. Prostate-specific antigen tests will be conducted.

    Those wishing to take advantage of the blood screenings must have fasted for 12 hours with consumption of only water, black coffee or tea and medications.

  • Child Advocacy Center to benefit from Soup's On

    Tuscan chicken soup makes its debut during Soup’s On, the sixth annual fundraiser for Kids First Child Advocacy Center, a nonprofit agency that serves Roane County.

    The event will be on Feb. 2 in Tellico Village Community Church’s Christian life center.

    Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with dinner planned from 4:30 to 7 p.m.

    Other soups on the menu include Soup’s On favorites Hunter’s chili, Blackfoot potato and Elvis Presley vegetable.

  • Breakfast With Legislators set

    Oak Ridge League of Women Voters will have its first Breakfast With the Legislators session from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Jan. 31 in Oak Ridge Civic Center.

    Area legislators will discuss the outlook for this Tennessee General Assembly session. A free continental breakfast will be served.

    Breakfast With the Legislators will be convened the last Monday of every month during the legislative session and is open to the public. The event will be canceled if Oak Ridge Schools are out due to snow.

    Call Claudia Lever at 865-483-8340 for details.

  • Chili supper to help pets

    Second Chance K-9 Rescue will have its 12th annual chili supper from 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 10 in Kingston Community Center.

    Cost is $5 and includes chili with the trimmings, dessert and drink. All proceeds help animals in Roane County.

    Second Chance is a nonprofit 501c3 organization that raises money to help spay and neuter pets.

  • Civil War trails guide available

    The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development has updated Tennessee Civil War trails map-guides available to the public.

    The guide identifies nearly 200 Civil War sites throughout Tennessee on this self-guided tour of the trails.

    “More than 500,000 copies of the original map-guide were distributed to the traveling public in little more than six months,” said Susan Whitaker, who serves as co-chairwoman of the Sesquicentennial Commission.

  • Team rally kicks off Relay for Life '11

    The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Roane County recently kicked off its 2011 relay season with a team rally.

    This year’s Relay for Life is planned from 6 p.m. April 29 to 8 a.m. April 30 on Roane State Community College’s main campus in Roane County.

    Public participation is encouraged. Monthly team rallies will take place at 5:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month in Room O-201 at Roane State.

    The upcoming relay team rallies, which will take place monthly until the event, will last for an hour.

  • 'Take Flight' exhibit coming to OR

    Children will have opportunities to create airplanes, helicopters and rockets from paper, launch them and discover the principles and forces that make flight possible in a new exhibit headed to Oak Ridge.

    “Take Flight,” a traveling exhibition from Science Works, will be open Feb. 5-April 24 in American Museum of Science and Energy of Oak Ridge.

    Innovative devices will help visitors launch paper airplanes to hit a target, release twirlers above the hoverport and blast paper rockets to new heights.  

  • NNSA celebrates nuclear science

    The National Nuclear Security Administration is celebrating National Nuclear Science Week with five days of features on the NNSA website that showcase the innovations and opportunities in nuclear science.
    Each day this week, NNSA’s Nuclear Science Week website, www.nuclearscienceweek.org, will feature a different way nuclear science is at the core of its mission.