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  • Roane, Morgan Health Department District earns Tennessee excellence

    Roane and Morgan County Health Department District has earned Interest Level Recognition in the annual Excellence in Tennessee recognition program administered by the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence.

    TNCPE is Tennessee’s only statewide quality program and is patterned on the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, the national standard for recognizing performance excellence through innovation, improvement and visionary leadership.

    Roane and Morgan County Health Department District accepted the award at the 22nd

  • Harriman Happenings: March 16

    Due to illness, Pastor Jesse and sister Elfredia Williams were absent from church last Sunday.

    Pastor Willie Gallaher and Minister Allen Hickman were on their post.

    Minister Hickman delivered the message.

    His Bible text came from 1 Samuel 7:1-12.

    Sermon subject was God the Everlasting Rock.

    This was a great message. The celebration choir provided the music.

    Jeff Harris and his daughters from Nashville were recent guests of his mother, Julia Harris, and sister, Alicia.

  • 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
  • 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.

  • Take a healthy hike along the Obed

    In celebration of the National Park Service’s centennial next year, the Obed Wild and Scenic River is planning monthly healthy hikes.

    Healthy hikes are ranger-led activities that provide visitors with opportunities to improve their health and learn more about their national parks.

    Participants for this month’s healthy hike should meet at 3 p.m. in the Lilly Overlook parking area on March 21.

    Ranger Chance Hall will lead a half-mile hike out the Boulder Field Trail.

  • OR swimming classes set

    Preschool aquatics and swimming lessons for all ages are planned in Oak Ridge.

    Classes begin March 21, March 24 and March 26.

    There are 8 classes, each 30 minutes.

    The fee is $65, with an additional $10 nonresident fee for those who live outside Oak Ridge.

    Enrollment is limited. Registration is available at the Oak Ridge Civic Center front desk, with payment due at the time of registration; cash and checks are accepted.

  • Agent busy, but his phone wasn’t ringing off the hook

    By JUSTIN THOMAS • For Roane Newspapers

    It’s Tennessee Extension Month, and it’s interesting to note how far the program has come since its beginnings a century ago.

    University of Tennessee Extension Agriculture programs date back to 1914, with the first agriculture agent being James L. Herron.

    Things were different in those days, with Mr. Herron reporting 1,400 miles traveled by railroad.

    The phone didn’t ring as often, either, with only 192 calls reported for the year.

  • Hospice volunteer training coming up

    Amedisys Hospice will conduct a two-day hospice volunteer training in Rockwood next week.

    The training sessions for ages 16 and older will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 17 and 19 in Rockwood Community Center.

    Lunch will be provided both days.

    “Hospice volunteers do not provide medical care,” said Martha Dodge, Amedisys volunteer coordinator.

    “Younger folks can make cards, room decorations and other things to brighten the day of those with terminal diseases and those caring for them.”

  • Commodity foods to soon be distributed

    Mid-East Community Action Agency will have its quarterly distribution of USDA commodity foods later this month.

    The distribution will be in Harriman Church of God at 3106 Roane State Hwy., Midtown.

    Harriman and Kingston residents will pick up their foods from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 26.

    The food pick up for Oliver Springs and Rockwood residents will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 27.

    Commodity food recipients should be certified before March 13.

    Those receiving the foods are advised to bring a bag in which to carry the food.