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  • Town hall meeting to address prescription drug abuse concerns

    The Roane County Rx Task Force will have a “Taking Back Roane County” town hall meeting from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 22 in the student lounge area of Roane State Community College’s main campus.

    A panel of physicians, pharmacists and law-enforcement officers will discuss their concerns and challenges around prescription drug abuse and provide information about how county residents can protect themselves and loved ones.

    An addiction video with personal testimony will run prior to the meeting.

  • Put on those walking shoes and join the Friday Fit Club

    Covenant Health affiliates Methodist Medical Center and Roane Medical Center are teaming up with Anderson and Roane County Parks and Recreation Departments to create a Friday Fit Club.

    The club will meet for monthly hikes.

    Those who enjoy hiking and are interested in participating in the Friday Fit Club are encouraged to attend a planning meeting from 8:45 to 10 a.m. Jan. 9 in the Ridge Conference Room of Methodist Medical Center at 990 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge.

    Light refreshments will be served, and registration is required.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Food City cites employees for volunteerism

    Food City stores in Harriman, Kingston and Oliver Springs recently recognized employees through the supermarket chain’s Claude P. Varney Volunteer Recognition Program.

    Savannah Daugherty of the Harriman store was honored for her work with East Tennessee Children’s Hospital and Anderson County Rescue Squad.

    The Kingston store applauded Tiffany Martin for her work with Anointed Praise and Worship’s women’s ministry.

  • Volunteer Energy Cooperative launches online, mobile account tracking tools

    Volunteer Energy Cooperative, which serves South Roane County in its 17-county service area, is helping electricity consumers take control of their energy use and costs in 2015 with a full array of online and mobile account tracking and management options that was launched Jan. 15.

    VE-Bill, VEC’s online bill presentment and payment service, has been upgraded to include a wealth of tools.

    The addition of the mobile app SmartHub allows VEC members to take all these tools on the go.

  • Harriman Happenings: Jan. 5

    Troy and Ashley Anderson took their children to Florida for Christmas.

    They went to Disney World and other places of interest.

    Troy said, “This was a great Christmas for all of us.”

    After Christmas Day, Mel and Stephanie and their children, along with Mel’s mother, Carolyn Clemmons, spent a week in Florida.

    The children love going there. They see so many things and have several friends there they go out with.

  • Help build a primitive bow at Jan. 15 Obed workshop

    Obed Wild and Scenic River, in partnership with bowyer Travis Gosnell, will have the year’s first primitive bow workshop on Jan. 15.

    The workshop will be from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Obed Visitor Center at 208 Maiden St., Wartburg.

    Gosnell, who built his first bow as a child, said he has always enjoyed a good challenge.

    “At times, it is a kind of therapy from the rat race of life,” he said about building bows.

    Gosnell has his bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Tennessee Tech University.