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Community News

  • Sign of the times on Rockwood streets

    Pete Kirby, left, and Jim Huddleston of the Rockwood Street Department give street signs along Kingston Avenue a fresh, new look by installing new signage on Tuesday.

    Kirby said all of the city’s street signs will have the new look.

  • Get in the Game for United Way

    Roane County United Way’s inaugural “local celebrity” basketball event, “Get in the Game!”, will begin at 7 p.m. April 17 in the gymnasium of Roane State Community College’s main campus in Roane County. Admission is $5 per person.

  • Full Metal Jackets drop in on TVA

    Members of the Roane County High School’s Full Metal Jackets robotics team recently visited TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant to show off their talents.

    TVA employees help fund the team as part of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math initiative.

    Student teams in grades 9-12 competition this year had to build robots that could handle recycling bins.

    Names of the students were not available.

  • Spring into action with free pick up

    The city of Rockwood is offering free trash and brush pick-up service to its residents through April 17.

    The city will pick up trash (1/2-ton truck) or brush (2-ton truck).

    A charge will be imposed if the brush or trash exceeds the listed amounts.

    No tires, paint cans or shingles will be accepted.

    Call 354-0184 to get on the list to have items picked up.

  • Free radon test kits available from state

    The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, in observance of Earth Day, is offering free radon test kits for a limited time.

    The program is part of TDEC’s ongoing efforts to inform Tennesseans about the dangers of radon exposure.

    “It is important for Tennesseans to test their homes because radon acts unpredictably,” TDEC Commissioner Bob Martineau said.

    “We are pleased to provide a simple do-it-yourself test kit that can determine the presence of radon in the home and can help prevent exposure.”

  • Caregivers class starts today

    Mid-East Community Action Agency will begin a free six-week Powerful Tools for Caregivers course on April 8.

    The class will be in the Mid-East offices at 2415 N. Gateway Ave., Suite B, Rockwood.

    Classes will meet from 1 to 3:30 p.m. each Wednesday through May 13.

    Class size is strictly limited; pre-registration is required by contacting Amber Jacks at 354-0450, Ext. 228, or ajacks@mecaa.net.

  • Still time to sign up for driver safety class

    There are still some openings available in the AARP driver safety course to be taught in Roane County later this month.

    The eight-hour class, from noon to 4 p.m. April 22-23, offers area senior citizens a refresher course on driving and an update on rules of the road.

    The class will be in Rockwood Community Center at 710 N. Chamberlain Ave.

    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.

  • Development District, ETHRA officers told

    Hamblen County Mayor Bill Brittain is the new chairman of the board of directors for the East Tennessee Development District and the East Tennessee Human Resource Agency.

    The agencies both serve Roane County.

    Brittain and other officers were recently elected during the annual business meetings and luncheon.

    Other officers also elected by unanimous consent of the board were Anderson County Mayor Terry Frank, vice chairwoman; Luttrell Mayor Johnny Merritt, secretary; and Campbell County Mayor E.L. Morton, treasurer.

  • Preserving graves of Revolutionary War vets to be group’s discussion

    Retired Anderson County teacher Fred Eiler will discuss preserving the graves of Revolutionary War soldiers during the next Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association meeting.

    The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. April 9 in Midtown Community Center at 102 Robertsville Road.

    Eiler has spent his entire life in Oak Ridge. His parents came to the “Secret City” in the summer of 1943.

    His father, Joseph David Eiler, worked as a machinist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and his mother, Anna Mae Johnson Eiler, was a housewife.

  • Knoxville tributes mark East Tenn. role in Civil War

    The Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Signature Event Series will conclude April 30-May 3 in Knoxville.

    A highlight of this year’s event, an annual series that began in 2010, is the Blue & Gray Reunion and Freedom Jubilee.

    East Tennessee and Knoxville played pivotal roles at the end of the Civil War as Union and Confederate struggled to reconstruct and find reconciliation after the war.

    The Blue & Gray Reunion and Freedom Jubilee will have four days of programming focused on reconstruction, reconciliation and rebirth of a nation.