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Community News

  • Register now for AARP Smart Driver course

    An eight-hour AARP driver safety class in Roane County next month offers area senior citizens a refresher course on driving and an update on rules of the road.

    The new two-day AARP Smart Driver course will be from noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 18-19 in Kingston Community Center.

    The course has been updated from those previously taught.

    Course participants will be taught to adjust to age-related physical changes; reduce incidents of violations and accidents; and update driving skills and rules of the road in a stress-free environment.

  • Habitat begins construction on 34th Roane home

    Roane County Habitat for Humanity has started building its 34th house in the county on Hope Circle in Kingston.

    Since 1992, Roane County Habitat has built houses for families in need of adequate or affordable housing.

    A selection process identifies families that have both the need for better housing and the ability to make the monthly zero-interest mortgage payments.

    The families then partner with Habitat by donating time to build Habitat homes, and they participate in home ownership training.

  • Get ready to save during tax holiday

    Tennessee’s annual sales tax-free holiday is coming up on Aug. 1-3.

    The annual holiday provides parents an opportunity to get needed back-to-school supplies and clothing, but the savings are available to Tennesseans of all ages, said state Sen. Ken Yager.

    “This sales tax holiday is very beneficial to parents by helping with a lot of the back-to-school expenses incurred at this time of year,” the Kingston Republican said.

  • On vacation with the Roane County News ... to California

    More fun in the sun for the Roane County News this vacation season — this time with Linda Wolfenbarger on a vacation in California.

    While she catches up on her hometown news, the critter looking over her shoulder may just be the largest reader we’ve ever had!

    Planning a vacation? Take your Roane County News along and pose with it to be included in an upcoming issue.

    Be sure to tell us where you — and the News — traveled for a break and photo.

  • Harriman Happenings: July 21

    Last Sunday, July 13, members of St. Mary’s Missionary Baptist Church celebrated the 35 years of ministry of our pastor, the Rev. Jesse L. Williams Sr.

    Pastor Williams and his wife, Sister Elfredia Wiliams, are special people.

    Pastor Williams is not only our pastor, he is a great friend, teacher and counselor.

    The morning message was given by the Rev. Gerald Marshall from Dayton, Ohio, pastor of New Commandment Missionary Baptist Church. Music was by the Celebration Choir.

    Afterward, a delicious dinner was served.

  • Pigeon Forge musician giving concert this weekend to benefit Explorers Post

    Pigeon Forge entertainer Kenny Evans will give a benefit concert for Harriman Police Explorers Post 920 this weekend.

    The concert will be from 6 to 8 p.m. July 19 in Harriman’s Princess Theatre.

    Admission is $10 per person.

    Tickets are available at Rocky Top General Store, Harriman Jewelry Exchange or online at brownpapertickets.com.

    Evans is a studio musician and vocalist who has worked as the opening act for country superstars including Kenny Chesney, Charlie Daniels, Lonestar, Sara Evans, Toby Keith and Tracy Byrd.

  • Ridgeview opening walk-in clinic in Harriman

    Ridgeview Behavioral Health Services Inc. is opening a walk-in clinic at its Roane County office at 221 Devonia St., Harriman.

    The walk-in clinic enables immediate access to mental-health care and eliminates delays associated with having to schedule an appointment.

    Clinic hours will be from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. weekdays.

    Individuals may walk in and meet with a clinician for an initial evaluation without an appointment during walk-in clinic hours.

  • League of Women Voters plan Roane candidate forum

    In carrying out its mission of encouraging informed and active participation in government and in preparation for the Aug. 7 Roane County General Election, the Oak Ridge League of Woman Voters will have a candidate forum next week.

    The forum, at 7 p.m. July 22 in the City Room, A111, on the Oak Ridge campus of Roane State Community College at 701 Briarcliff Ave., is free and open to the public.

  • Foster parents sought in Roane County area

    For those looking to make a difference in the lives of children, becoming a foster parent provides a rewarding opportunity to help a child in need.

    Youth Villages is currently in need of caring adults in the Roane County area to open their hearts and homes to children who have suffered abuse, neglect or abandonment.

    These children need families who will care for them until they can return to their birth families or an adoptive family is found for them.

  • Residents frolic in Florida

    Steve Arney and Eugene Martin of Harriman Care and Rehabilitation Center recently traveled by plane to Panama City Beach, Fla., for three days of fun and adventure on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico.

    The men were among a group of Signature Healthcare residents who spent a vacation enjoying nightly music and movies by the pool of their resort, dinners out, time on the beach, parasailing and a trip to Gulf World.