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Community News

  • Look for gas prices to continue upward, at least for a while

    For the first time in more than 100 days, the year-over-year difference in the national average price for regular unleaded gasoline fell below $1 per gallon on May 12.

    Sunday’s price of $2.70 per gallon represents a new high for 2015. The national average has moved higher by 4 cents per gallon since last Sunday.

    Tennessee’s average price — $2.46 per gallon — is the highest since Dec. 10, 2014.

  • Voucher program helps landlords help others

    The East Tennessee Human Resource Agency administers the Housing Choice Voucher Program in Roane and 15 other East Tennessee counties.

    Funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the program provides up to 784 vouchers to help families obtain safe, decent housing at an affordable price.

    Homes must be inspected and meet HUD housing quality standards.

    The rental subsidy is based on each family’s income and is paid directly to the landlord.

  • Roane’s Frady pens new fitness book

    Roane County resident Tim Frady has recently released a new book, “Never Quit: The Back to Basics Fitness Guide,” available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle versions.

    Frady said his book focuses on relearning the basics that people know intuitively but consciously fail to remember or practice in their daily lives.

    “The book’s fitness program begins with a person’s mental and spiritual outlook before going into details about diet and exercise,” he said.

  • Rockwood swimming lessons start June 8

    Swimming lessons roll into high gear next month, and Rockwood Community Center is scheduling both morning and evening sessions.

    The two-week swimming lessons will be June 8-19 and July 6-17 at the Community Center pool.

    Lessons are $25 per two-week session.

    Morning lessons will be from 11 to noon; evening lessons will be from 6:30 to 7:30.

    Stop by the Community Center at 710 N. Chamberlain Ave. to register for lessons, or call 354-0434 for details.

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

    The Roane County News is on a scholarly pursuit with Callie Crabtree of Rockwood.

    Crabtree, a student at Maryville College, is studying abroad in Milan, Italy, at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore.

    While on her spring break, the two grabbed a photo opportunity at The Coliseum in Rome.

    Planning a vacation? Take your Roane County News along and pose with it to be included in an upcoming issue.

    Be sure to tell us where you — and the News — traveled for a break and photo.

  • Workshop aims to give materials, use sources to help track down ancestors

    Kingston’s Southwest Point Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution will host a public genealogy workshop next weekend.

    The workshop will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 30 in the Stowers Community Room of Roane Medical Center, Harriman.

    Call Connie Williams at 717-3949 to register or for details.

    “If you don’t know where to begin — [if] you have mounds of papers in boxes, or you have documented your family’s lineage to the Dark Ages — there will be something for everyone,” Williams said.

  • Upcoming classes to help take charge of living with diabetes

    By Justin Thomas • For Roane Newspapers
    UT Extension and Roane County Health Department are partnering to offer two great opportunities to learn about diabetes management as a caregiver or a diabetic.

    Diabetes education is important, as almost 11 percent of Tennesseans are diagnosed with the condition, according to The Centers for Disease Control.

    This partnership is built so that Roane County residents can learn how to manage their conditions through research based materials.

  • Battle Brass to perform for Music at Gazebo

    Oak Ridge’s Battle Brass Band will play gospel, spiritual, classical, popular, jazz and swing selections during Rockwood’s inaugural Music at Gazebo Park.

    The concert will begin at 6 p.m. May 23 at Homecoming Park.

    Admission is free; free food and drinks will be available.

    “Just bring a blanket or a chair and come enjoy some great big brass band music,” said the Rev. Kara Foster, pastor of Rockwood First Christian Church, which is sponsoring the concert.

    Visit www.rockwoodfcc.org or call 354-1753 for details.

  • Memorial Day 2015: Harriman, Kingston plan special services

    Veterans in Harriman and Kingston are planning to honor their fallen comrades this weekend.

    A military ceremony in Harriman will begin at 11 a.m. May 23 at the war memorial fountain of David Webb Riverfront Park.

    In Kingston, the annual Memorial Day ceremony will start at 10 a.m. May 25 at Bethel Cemetery.

    Veterans’ organizations in both cities are organizing the services.

    In Harriman, the ceremony is planned by American Legion Posts 3, 232 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6598.

  • Harriman Happenings May 18

    We extend our deepest sympathy to the family of Curtis Leon Moore, who departed this life on Friday, May 8, at University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville.

    He is survived by a son, Kelvin Moore; mother, Mariah Harrison; sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles and lots of other relatives and friends.

    His service was at Kyker Funeral Home. Burial was at Braxtons Chapel Cemetery on Thursday.

    Keep this family in your prayers.

    William Ellis of Lenoir City passed away Tuesday, May 12.