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Community News

  • Red Cross unveils new flood app

    The American Red Cross is introducing a new flood app to help save lives and reduce losses from floods and flash floods.

    This free app gives iPhone, iPad and Android smart phone users instant access to area and real-time information, so they know what to do before, during and after a flood.

    Content is available in English and Spanish based on the user’s language settings on his mobile device.

    The app includes location-based, audible NOAA flood and flash flood watches and warnings – even if the app is closed.

  • Coffee, climbing slated at Obed

    Obed Wild and Scenic River will have two free programs on April 5.

    Join National Park Service rangers for a free cup of coffee and informational sesion at Lilly Bridge from 10 to 10:30 a.m.

    The Climb With a Ranger program will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., beginning at Lilly Bridge.

    The park will provide all gear for rock climbing. Those participating should bring drinking water and sturdy footwear.

    Depending on participant interests and ability levels, participants will travel to one of several different climbing areas around the park.

  • Museum marking 65th anniversary

    The public is welcome to help celebrate the 65th anniversary of the American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge beginning at 2 p.m. March 19 in the museum lobby.

    The museum, originally named the American Museum of Atomic Energy, shares its anniversry opening date — March 19, 1949 — with the gate opening of the 1940s Secret City of Oak Ridge and the birth of twin girls, Madeleine Leigh and Amanda Anne, to Bill and Audrey Tewes.

  • UT honoring Roane County’s Jim and Pat Henry

    Jim Henry, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services, and his wife, Pat, travel the state championing the cause of children and families at risk.

    The Kingston couple meet with Children’s Services employees and service providers, sharing their experiences as parents of a child with disabilities.

    The University of Tennessee at Knoxville College of Social Work will honor the Henrys for their work and advocacy March 25 with the 2014 Sen. Douglas Henry Award for Service to Children and Families at Risk.

  • Join Roane in the Great American Cleanup March 20

    The Roane County Road Department is inviting Roane Countians to join together to keep Roane County — and America — beautiful.

    That’s why it is joining with other state and county agencies and community volunteers for a communitywide roadside litter cleanup from 8:30 to 3 p.m. March 20.

    “We at the Roane County Highway Department believe that no matter where we live, our community is a key aspect of life,” said Roane County Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson.

  • The Garden Gate: Ashen mark a reminder of Genesis Scripture

    Ash Wednesday is observed in countless churches worldwide as the beginning of Lent, a 40-day period of abstinence and thoughtful study preceding the joyousness of Easter.

    Historically, evidence from the writings of the early Christian church tells us that Easter was originally celebrated in conjunction with the Jewish Passover.

    In addition to Scripture references, this combining of observances points to the Christian observance of the “Pasha” (Passover-Easter) through fasting, prayer and study.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of March 12

    25 Years Ago

  • Girl Scouts want to reconnect with ex-troop members

    The Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians is looking to reconnect with former Girl Scouts.

    “We know there is a strong network of local women who are former Girl Scouts,” said Booth Kammann, CEO for the Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians. “We want to reconnect with those women and provide them opportunities to tell their stories and become involved in shaping the lives of our future women leaders.”

  • More Tennesseans e-filing tax returns

    With five weeks left before the April 15 tax filing deadline, the Internal Revenue Service reports that Tennesseans are e-filing tax returns in record numbers.

    Through March 7, the IRS has received nearly 1.469 million electronic returns from Tennesseans, an increase of 3.8 percent over last year at this time.

    But the largest increase is in the number of taxpayers filing from their own computers. Nearly 712,000 Tennessee filers have e-filed self-prepared returns, an increase of 9.8 percent over last year at this time.

  • Ross in running for Miss Junior Teen

    Hannah Ross of Harriman is among those selected to participate in the 2014 Miss Junior Pre-Teen Knoxville/Chattanooga competition on March 16.

    A student at Roane County High School, Kingston, she is the daughter of Rusty and Angelia Ross.

    Grandparents are the late Bob and Betty Ross, and Keith and Paulette Ooten of Clinton.

    Ross took part in interview sessions with the pageant coordinator.

    The competition is open to ages 7-19 competing in modeling routines, including casual and formal wear.