Community News

  • Moms-to-be get help with kicking the smoking habit

    The Roane County Health Department has staff trained and certified to offer a program to help pregnant women quit smoking and stay quit.

    “We know the harm tobacco use causes to the mother and unborn child,” said Laurie Adams, executive director of the Baby & Me Tobacco Free Program.

    “This program is research-based and proven to help pregnant women quit smoking and stay quit.”

    The program is based in Jamestown, N.Y.

  • Bear, Junior Ranger programs at the Obed

    Obed Wild and Scenic River will have a special bear program from 1 to 2:30 p.m. May 30 in Obed Visitor Center at 208 N. Maiden St., downtown Wartburg.

    Children and adults are welcome to stop by and hear a park ranger describe the habits and mannerisms of black bears.

    Immediately afterward will be a free Junior Ranger program for ages 5-12.

    Participants will complete a Junior Ranger booklet, filled with fun puzzles, mazes, trivia, and information on the park and its variety of resources.

  • AARP smart driver class set June 8-9

    An upcoming eight-hour AARP smart driver class in Roane County offers area senior citizens a refresher course on driving and an update on rules of the road.

    The class will be from 8 a.m. to noon June 8-9 in Harriman United Methodist Church at 601 Queen St.

    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.

  • Lifestar opening base in Rockwood

    The University of Tennessee Medical Center’s Lifestar Aeromedical Services plans to open a base in Rockwood later in the summer.

    The facility will be at Rockwood Municipal Airport at 258 Rockwood Airport Drive.

    Last month, Lifestar reached an agreement with Air Evac EMS Inc. to assume responsibility for medical operations of Air Evac Lifeteam in Etowah.

    Lifestar also operates a facility in Sweetwater.

    The Rockwood base will be staffed by one of the teams from the Etowah/Sweetwater facilities.

  • Learn to keep diabetes from getting the best of you

    Have diabetes been getting the best of you?

    Are you finding it hard to count carbs or understand food labels?

    “Take Charge of Your Diabetes” is a free six-week, educational program designed to help those diagnosed with diabetes to better manage this condition.

    Classes will be from 3 to 5 p.m. each Tuesday starting May 26 in the Roane County University of Tennessee Extension Office at 3074 Roane State Hwy., Midtown.

  • Main RSCC campus to be closed May 27

    Roane State Community College’s main campus in Roane County will be closed on May


    The campus will be closed while the water line that supplies the campus is under repair.

    During the repairs, water to the campus will be shut off.

    All other Roane State locations will be open and on schedule.

    Two classes in session on May 27 have been relocated to the Princess Theatre and to Channel 15 television station in downtown Harriman.

    The main campus will reopen on May 28.

  • 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.