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Community News

  • United Way meeting set

    Roane County United Way will have its annual meeting at 5:30 p.m. March 21 in office location at 2735 Roane State Hwy., Midtown.

    The meeting will feature campaign recognitions, election of new board members, and an update to the community on United Way activities.

    Anyone interested in attending should contact the United Way offices, 882-7711, or e-mail djackson@unitedwayroane.org no later than March 14.

  • Event aims to plant 50,000 trees in a day

    -More than 3,600 volunteers from 80 counties are signed up to participate in Tennessee’s largest tree-planting event, organized by Tennessee Environmental Council.

    During the Feb. 27 event, 50K Tree Day, participants will plant 50,000 native trees in one day.

    “People in Tennessee love planting trees, and it’s a top priority for our organization as a way to improve our environment, communities and public health,” said John McFadden, CEO of Tennessee Environmental Council.

  • Harriman Happenings: Feb. 15

    Get-well wishes to Marvon Brooms, who was discharged from Roane Medical Center.

    He is now getting much better at home.

    Sincere sympathy to the family of Edna Earl “Mac” McNamer, who recently passed away with her family by her side.

    In 1954, she and her late husband opened Merri-Mac Bakery. Ms. McNamer was presented with a key to the city in 2004 on their 50th anniversary.

    She was a beautiful lady who loved her family and her church family. She will be missed.

  • Democratic Party delegate convention set March 5

    The Roane County Democratic Party will host its Democratic Party County Delegate Convention on Saturday, March 5, at Rockwood City Hall.

    The convention is to select the delegates from each county to the District Convention.

    The doors open at 11:30 a.m., and the event starts at 1 p.m.

    It is open to all registered voters in the county, supporters of the Democratic Party, and those who agree to support the nominee of the Democratic Party in the 2016 Presidential election.

  • Bear, junior ranger program planned for Feb. 28

    The Obed Wild and Scenic River will have a bear and junior ranger program on Feb. 28.

    The program will be from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in Obed Visitor Center at 208 N. Maiden St. in downtown Wartburg.

    Children and adults of all ages are welcome to stop by and hear a park ranger describe the habits and mannerisms of black bears, which are found throughout the rural areas of eastern Tennessee.

    After the discussion on black bears, youngsters will get a chance to fill out an

  • Get ready to pay even more at the pump

    Prices at the pump should get more expensive this week thanks to an increase in oil prices and high demand for gasoline.

    Crude oil prices rose for the third consecutive week, making the cost to produce gasoline more expensive.

    Gas prices nationwide have increased for 20 of the last 23 days, rising 16 cents to Sunday’s average of $2.20.

    “Gas prices could climb another 8-10 cents this week in response to the recent hike in oil prices,” said Mark Jenkins, AAA spokesman.

  • On vacation with the Roane County News ... in France!

    The Roane County News traveled through France — from the east to the west coast — before ending up in Paris with Steve and Mona Bolden.

    “After visiting Nice and Monaco, the newspaper stopped at the beautiful Chateau de Chenonceau,” Mona said. “Then it was on to Omaha Beach to visit the site of D-Day and the American Cemetery in Normandy. A nighttime river cruise gave them a view of the Eiffel Tower lit up at night.

  • Victorian Square’s spring fling scheduled for Saturday

    Victorian Square Assisted Living is hosting a spring fling from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 7.

    A yard sale, entertainment and refreshments available for purchase are among the attractions.

    All proceeds will go toward the Resident Life Enrichment Fund, which is available to help resiwith items such as clothing, coats, haircuts or other personal care items.

    Victorian Square is at 241 S. Chamberlain Ave., Rockwood.

    In the event of inclement weather, all activities will be indoors.

  • Driver safety course May 10-11

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

    The class will be from noon to 4 p.m. May 10-11 in Rockwood Community Center at 710 N. Chamberlain Ave.

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

  • ‘Christmas in July’ fundraiser to help those in area nursing homes

    The Lady Associates of the Tennessee Valley Defenders Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club recently had a “Christmas in July” motorcycle ride to fund area nursing home visits and Christmas baskets.

    Club President Randy Childs said the event raised more than $1,000 to help residents who don’t typically receive visitors.

    Club members will meet with the residents in months prior to the holiday to introduce themselves and get to know them before taking them Christmas baskets.