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Community News

  • 2.1 tons hauled from lake in last year’s cleanup

    Twenty-four volunteers pulled 2.1 tons of bottles, cans, tires and miscellaneous debris from Watts Bar Lake during last year’s River Rescue shoreline cleanup.

    Watts Bar Lake Association, Ijams Nature Center and TVA will have this year’s event, which will be from 9 a.m. to noon April 11.

    “We’d love to see as many people as possible to join us,” said Peter Giroux of Watts Bar Lake Association.

    Gloves, trash bags and grabbers will be furnished.

  • AARP driver safety course set

    A two-day AARP driver safety course is planned for later this month.

    The class will be from noon to 4 p.m. April 23-24 in Rockwood Community Center at 710 N. Chamberlain Ave.

    It will be taught by Diana Davis.

    Call Jim Norton at 233-3442 to register or for more about this and other driver safety courses in the area.

  • New Roane United Way board of directors

    Roane County United Way board of directors honor Bill Rhyne, center, for his service to the agency during the agency’s 2015 annual meeting at Roane County Park.

    Board members are, from left, Teresa Kirkham, James Doyle, Pat Baldwin, Suzanne Horsfall, Dana Peterka, Rhyne, Deb Schenk, Jan Hashmi, Susan Howell, Sharon Kohler, Deb Sumner and Scott Mason.

  • Thunder Road Festival Saturday in Rockwood

    Rockwood Thunder Road Festival is roaring back this Saturday with a mix of old and new draws.
    “We already have a great amount of vendors and cars signed up,” said event organizer Bill Anderson.
    New for this year is the Moonshine Runners Obstacle Course at Homecoming Park.
    The first run will begin at 11:45 a.m. A second run will start at 1 p.m. The event has a $2 entry fee.
    Also this year is a best costume for moonshiner or hillbilly. The winner of Mr. and Mrs. Best Moonshiner will be announced at 3:30 p.m.

  • Easter Egg Hunts 2015
  • Walk with frog calls, bats

    The Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Reservation will have a “frog calls and bat monitoring” nature walk on April 4.

    Participants, limited to 25 with children allowed, will meet at 7 p.m. at the visitors overlook parking lot of East Tennessee Technology Park (former K-25 Site) on Gallaher Road.

    The walk will be concentrated around the ponds surrounding the park.

  • Not ready to take boat’s helm? Class shows how

    “Now In Command,” a U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary course, will be from 6 to 9 p.m. April 16 in Kingston Community Center.

    Cost of the course is $25.

    The course is geared for those who are generally not at the helm of a boat. Its purpose is to help them become prepared with practical knowledge skills in case of an emergency.

  • Easter Egg Hunts 2015
  • Pancakes still a bargain at Kingston Lions breakfast

    In spring, thoughts turn to daffodils, tulips, forsythia — and pancakes.

    To satisfy the sweet tooth, the Kingston Lions Club has scheduled its annual pancake breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. March 28 in Kingston First Baptist Church’s family center.

    The cost is the same as last year: $5 for adults, $2 for children younger than 12.

    The menu will again include pancakes, bacon, sausage, orange juice, milk and coffee.

  • USDA statistics reveal 97 percent of all U.S. farms are family owned

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service reports that family-owned farms remain the backbone of the agriculture industry.

    The latest data come from the Census of Agriculture farm typology report and help shine light on the question, “What is a family farm?”

    “As we wrap up mining the 6 million data points from the latest Census of Agriculture, we used typology to further explore the demographics of who is farming and ranching today,” said Statistics Division Director Hubert Hamer.