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Community News

  • Girl Scouts taking orders online for 2015 cookie sale

    Thin Mints, Samoas, and all the favorite Girl Scout cookies are back for this year’s sale, which begins Jan. 16.

    Two new varieties, Rah-Rah Raisins and Toffee-tastic, will be available this year — the first for online cookie sales.

    Girls have the option to build their own “My Digital Cookie” websites that are personalized — but protected. Parents must approve the websites, and girls send email links only to people they know.

  • Works sought for Arts in the Airport exhibit

    The Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville and the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority (McGhee Tyson Airport) are calling for entries for the next “Arts in the Airport,” a juried exhibition developed to allow regional artists to compete and display work in one of East Tennessee’s most-visited sites.

    An estimated 40-45 fine art works encompassing all styles and genres from both emerging and established artists will comprise the exhibition in the secured area behind McGhee Tyson Airport’s security gate checkpoint from April 16-Oct. 7.

  • Roane Open Art Show set to start Jan. 19 at RSCC

    The Arts Council of Roane County’s 2015 Roane Open Art Show will have its official opening at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 19 in the O’Brien Art Gallery on the main campus of Roane State Community College in Roane County.

    The event is open to the public.

    Many of the artists with works on display will be on hand for the event, and awards will be presented to the best works in several categories as judged by Roane State Art Department Associate Professor Stacy Jacobs.

  • Tax-Aide to offer free tax help in Kingston

    AARP Tax-Aide is offering free income-tax assistance and preparation from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Tuesday from Feb. 3-April 7 in Kingston Community Center at 201 Patton Ferry Road.

    Seven IRS-trained tax counselors will be available on site to offer assistance this tax season.

    AARP Tax-Aide, one of the nation’s largest free volunteer-run tax assistance and preparation services available to taxpayers with low- and middle-income, has been available in Roane County for more than 20 years.

    Special attention is given to those age 60 and older.

  • Harriman Happenings, Jan. 12

    Our deepest sympathy is extended to the family of Evione Wright, who recently passed away.

    She was the daughter of the late Otha and Willie Martin.

    She was the mother of several children and had 18 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.

    Her service was held last Saturday at Evans Mortuary. The Rev. Alvin Douglass officiated.

    Our sincere sympathy to the family and friends in the passing of Marlvin H. Bolton, who passed away last week.

    He was born in Atlanta to the late Rev. James and Emma Bolton.

  • TDOT ready to tackle roadways this winter season

    The Tennessee Department of Transportation is stocked and ready to clear roadways of ice and snow this season.

    Over the last several weeks, salt supplies have been replenished in all 95 counties, and crews have readied snow plows and brine trucks for the winter season.

    “Tennessee often sees the bulk of its winter weather in January and February,” TDOT Commissioner John Schroer said.

    “Our salt bins are fully stocked and we have more than a thousand employees ready to mobilize in the event of inclement weather.”

  • State seeking environmental stewards

    The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation welcomes Tennesseans to submit nominations for the Governor’s 2015 Environmental Stewardship Awards.

    The awards recognize Tennesseans who go above and beyond to protect the state’s diverse environment.

    “It is important to recognize the Tennesseans who help keep our state’s air, land and water healthy because these efforts make our communities stronger,” Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said.

  • New year, new meeting date for OR heritage group

    Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association is kicking off the new year by

    setting a new meeting time and date for its monthly meetings.

    Effective in January, the new membership and public monthly meeting will begin at 11:30 a.m. the second Friday of each month.

    The next meeting will begin at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 9 in Midtown Community Center (Wildcat Den) at 102 Robertsville

    Road.

    Previously, the heritage and preservation group met at 7 p.m. the second Thursday of each month.

  • Tennessee Theatre to be discussed at Knox Heritage luncheon on Jan. 16

    Knox Heritage’s series of educational lunches, Lost and Found, will continue on Jan. 16 with a look at the historic Tennessee Theatre.

    Jack Neely and Becky Hancock will present a history of the Tennessee Theatre.

    Hancock is executive director of the Tennessee Theater Foundation, and Neely has just released a book, “The Tennessee Theatre: A Grand Entertainment Palace.”

    They will discuss the little-known facts and interesting historical tidbits discovered while researching the book.

    The luncheon will be in the office of Knox

  • Free camping on Obed on MLK Day

    Obed Wild and Scenic River will observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 19 by authorizing one night of free backcountry camping permits.

    Other fee-free days during 2015 are also planned.

    They include Feb. 14-16 to commemorate Presidents Day weekend, April 18-19 to celebrate the opening weekend of National Park Week, Aug. 25 to celebrate the National Park Service birthday, Sept. 26 to observe National Public Lands Day, and Nov. 11 in honor of Veterans Day.