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  • ORUD treats Kingston city employees

    Oak Ridge Utility District treats Kingston city employees, including, from left, Firefighter Jay Settles, Police Investigator Keith Kile, Council Member Norm Sugarman and Water Department employee Jimmy Agee, to an annual “thank you” fish fry buffet.

    They were among 41 at the Kingston City Park pavilion who had a meal of fried fish, hushpuppies and cole slaw. \

    “We appreciate being part of the Kingston community and especially value the relationship we have with the city employees,” said Jeff Patterson, ORUD operations manager.

  • Milsaps retirement party set

    Harriman Public Library board, staff and patrons plan to honor Barbara Pelfrey Milsaps with a reception next week.

    The reception will begin at 6 p.m. June 4 in the library at 601 Walden St.

    Milsaps has retired from her longtime post as Harriman library director.

    She is being honored “for her 38 years of loving service to the library and the community,” said Tammie Edwards, Harriman library director.

    “Thank you, Barbara. We love you.”

  • Tennessee Polk Salad Festival set in Harriman

    The Tennessee Polk Salad Festival will return to the David Webb Riverfront Park in Harriman on June 6.

    The regional arts, crafts and food festival, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., is an annual event of the Arts Council of Roane County.

    “Art touches us all, and the festival will encourage feelings of creativity and self-expression for all as everyone is encouraged to express their creative talents through music, performance, literature and visual arts,” said Arts Council member Becky Brunton.

  • Roane United Way tweaks community investment process

    Roane County United Way has completed its annual community investment process of awarding funds to organizations that provide services to improve the lives of Roane County citizens.

    Some changes were made to the application process and the focus when awarding candidates this year.

    In the past, United Way’s business model focused on the “direct impact” of the services being provided to improve the lives of individuals and families.

  • Moms-to-be get help with kicking the smoking habit

    The Roane County Health Department has staff trained and certified to offer a program to help pregnant women quit smoking and stay quit.

    “We know the harm tobacco use causes to the mother and unborn child,” said Laurie Adams, executive director of the Baby & Me Tobacco Free Program.

    “This program is research-based and proven to help pregnant women quit smoking and stay quit.”

    The program is based in Jamestown, N.Y.

  • Bear, Junior Ranger programs at the Obed

    Obed Wild and Scenic River will have a special bear program from 1 to 2:30 p.m. May 30 in Obed Visitor Center at 208 N. Maiden St., downtown Wartburg.

    Children and adults are welcome to stop by and hear a park ranger describe the habits and mannerisms of black bears.

    Immediately afterward will be a free Junior Ranger program for ages 5-12.

    Participants will complete a Junior Ranger booklet, filled with fun puzzles, mazes, trivia, and information on the park and its variety of resources.

  • AARP smart driver class set June 8-9

    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 8 a.m. to noon June 8-9 in Harriman United Methodist Church at 601 Queen St.

    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.

  • Lifestar opening base in Rockwood

    The University of Tennessee Medical Center’s Lifestar Aeromedical Services plans to open a base in Rockwood later in the summer.

    The facility will be at Rockwood Municipal Airport at 258 Rockwood Airport Drive.

    Last month, Lifestar reached an agreement with Air Evac EMS Inc. to assume responsibility for medical operations of Air Evac Lifeteam in Etowah.

    Lifestar also operates a facility in Sweetwater.

    The Rockwood base will be staffed by one of the teams from the Etowah/Sweetwater facilities.

  • Learn to keep diabetes from getting the best of you

    Have diabetes been getting the best of you?

    Are you finding it hard to count carbs or understand food labels?

    “Take Charge of Your Diabetes” is a free six-week, educational program designed to help those diagnosed with diabetes to better manage this condition.

    Classes will be from 3 to 5 p.m. each Tuesday starting May 26 in the Roane County University of Tennessee Extension Office at 3074 Roane State Hwy., Midtown.

  • Main RSCC campus to be closed May 27

    Roane State Community College’s main campus in Roane County will be closed on May

    27.

    The campus will be closed while the water line that supplies the campus is under repair.

    During the repairs, water to the campus will be shut off.

    All other Roane State locations will be open and on schedule.

    Two classes in session on May 27 have been relocated to the Princess Theatre and to Channel 15 television station in downtown Harriman.

    The main campus will reopen on May 28.