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  • Start your New Year right by taking a hike at state park

    Tennessee State Parks will sponsor free, guided hikes on New Year’s Day. Each state park will host its own special hike in the first few days of the New Year.

    The First Hikes begin at 10 p.m. on Dec. 31 at Radnor Lake State Park. Henry Horton, Harrison Bay, Tims Ford, Norris Dam and Pickett state parks will host midnight hikes. The First Hikes will continue throughout New Year’s Day with morning, afternoon and evening hikes.

  • Woody to talk planning in OR

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody will be the guest speaker at  2015’s first Oak Ridge League of Women Voters Lunch with the League.
    The program will begin at noon Jan. 6 in the social hall of the Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church’s new location at 809 Oak Ridge Turnpike.
    A significant portion of Oak Ridge is in Roane County, and Roane County government is planning for the future.
    Woody will give his perspective on issues facing Roane County and an update on the state of the county.

  • Plan ahead during party season

    AAA and Bud Light urge motorists to plan ahead for the holiday weekend if they will be out drinking. This means choosing a designated driver, staying where you are celebrating, using a cab or finding another form of sober transportation.

    “It is imperative that motorists plan ahead,” said Gerry Gutowski, senior vice president, Automotive Services, The Auto Club Group. “For those that have no other safe option, Tow to Go is available.”

  • Obed film wins national honors

    The Obed Wild and Scenic River Visitor Center’s film, “The Obed: Find Yourself Here,” recently placed first in the short video category of the National Association of Interpretation’s 2014 Media Award Winners.

    The awards competition promotes excellence in the delivery of natural, cultural and historical information.

    The National Association for Interpretation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit professional organization, is dedicated to advancing the profession of heritage interpretation, currently serving pro-

  • Holidays perfect time for writing

    The Roane Writers Group has kicked off its annual student writing contest for the 2014-15 academic year.

    Open to all Roane County students in grades 4-12, the contest welcomes submissions in three categories: short story, poetry and essay.

    Entries will be accepted through March 6.

    The contest was conceived to encourage children to discover the joys of good writing and appreciate the difference it could make in their futures.

  • Harriman Happenings, Dec. 22

    The youth of St. Mary’s Baptist Church was in charge of the youth Christmas last Sunday during the 11 a.m. worship service.

    They gave a skit with the older youth, and the little ones gave their speeches by memory.

    All of the children were great. Their leaders were Missy Gallaher, Pearl Moore and Carolyn Clemmons.

    Minister Allen Hickman delivered the morning message. He spoke about giving my all to God.

    This was a good sermon.

    Afterward, we enjoyed our church family and friends for our Christmas dinner.

  • Health benefits for MST victims expanded

    By FREDDY GROVES

    King Features Syndicate

    Military sexual trauma ... like most things in the military, this also comes with its own acronym: MST.

    It can, apparently, happen to anyone.

    The Department of Veterans Affairs recently announced expanded eligibility for health services for MST, this time moving to include Reservists and members of the National Guard in receiving mental-health services for sexual assault or harassment that happened during training.

  • Obed on tap for program

    The unique Obed River gorge of the Cumberland Plateau will be discussed during a 6:15 p.m. Dec. 17 program in The United Church, The Chapel on the Hill, at 85 Kentucky Ave., Oak Ridge.

    Interpretive Ranger Veronica Greear will discuss the Obed Wild and Scenic River, notable for its biodiversity, supporting a diversity of ecosystems that are unique to this river system.

    Following the presentation, the Obed Wild and Scenic River’s Visitor Center film: The Obed: Find Yourself Here award winning short movie will be shown.

  • RSCC recipient of almost $ 1 million in training grant

    Roane State Community College is among the key organizations across the state that has been awarded funding through the Labor Education Alignment Program.

    The program is a state effort focused on increasing opportunities for Tennesseans to obtain a certificate or degree beyond high school that is aligned with the needs of the workforce in their communities.

    Roane State was awarded $970,000 as part of the program.

  • Yager new to Dunn Center board

    State Sen. Ken Yager, left, is the newest member of the Michael Dunn Center board of directors.

    He is welcomed to the board by Michael Dunn Center President and CEO Mike McElhinney, center, and Jim Pinkerton, board chairman.