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  • Extension: One of Roane’s best-kept secrets

    By JUSTIN THOMAS • For Roane Newspapers
    A common question in our community is, “What is UT Extension?”

    The University of Tennessee Extension is the local office of the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture.

    We are dedicated to providing research-based information to our local communities in agriculture, family and consumer sciences and 4-H youth development.

    One of the best-kept secrets in Tennessee, UT Extension has had a presence in Roane County since 1912.

  • Celebrate Extension this month

    March is Extension Month in Tennessee.

    Extension is a national educational program supported by USDA through the nation’s land-grant universities and administered with funding from state and local governments through offices in each of the state’s 95 counties.

    County Extension offices across the state are planning various celebrations and commemorations for the state’s 105-year-old Extension program.

  • Look for 10-cent spike in gas price over next 2 weeks

    The national average price for regular unleaded gasoline has increased 34 consecutive days for a total of 37 cents per gallon, AAA reported earlier this week.

    The national average rose 35 cents in February.

    “Gas prices are surging in California, which could elevate the national average at a faster rate than prices in the southeastern United States,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman for AAA — The Auto Club Group.

    “Refinery issues in the West should not affect prices in the Southeast,” he added.

  • ‘Glory’ showing tonight at Princess

    The movie “Glory” will be shown beginning at 7 p.m. today, March 4, in the Princess Theatre in downtown Harriman.

    Admission is free; donations will be accepted to help fund future Roane State Community College Arts and Lectures events.

    “Glory” is a 1989 Academy Award-winning film about the Civil War’s first all-black volunteer company. It stars Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Cary Elwes and Morgan Freeman.

  • Help Mid-East determine how to best help Roane

    Mid-East Community Action Agency is in the process of conducting its annual needs assessment.

    “This is important, as it shapes programming for the next year, and assists in strategic planning,” said Amber Jacks, Mid-East’s senior services director.

    Go to http://tinyurl.com/Needs2015 to complete the survey.

    Though Mid-East offers services to both Roane and Loudon counties, Roane County respondents are asked to think specifically of Roane County’s needs when completing the survey.

  • Chili supper benefits dogs, cats

    Second Chance K-9 Rescue will have its 16th annual benefit chili supper on March 5.

    The event will be from 5 to 7 p.m. in Kingston Community Center.

    Chili, dessert and drinks will be available for a $5 donation.

    All proceeds donated during the chili supper will help the group with spaying and neutering.

    They will also assist pet owners who are unable to afford food for their dogs and cats.

  • Harriman Happenings: March 2

    Get-well wishes are extended to Eugene Collier, who is in a hospital in Knoxville. May you soon be healed and back home to your family.

    At the time of this writing, Curtis Ray is a patient in Parkwest Medical Center in Knoxville.

    We wish him a speedy recovery.

    A well known Christian lady of Harriman by the name of Bonnie Coleman was called to her heavenly home Sunday, Feb. 22, at her home with her son and family by her side.

  • Girl Scout cookies are here!

    Neither rain nor snow, nor sleet can stop the Girl Scouts.

    Despite weeks of winter weather, Girl Scout cookies are here — and so is a holiday for cookie lovers.

    More than 1.3 million boxes of cookies have arrived in the Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians area.

    Roane County girls are now delivering their cargo, and booth sales in front of area businesses will continue through March 22.

  • Make a clean path for the mailman

    Winter storms and along with them the cold, snow and icy conditions can make delivery of your mail very challenging for letter carriers and the post office.

    Postal patrons in Roane County can support their letter carriers and post office in providing safe and timely delivery of your mail.

    “We will do our best to make delivery to all addresses,” said U.S. Postal Service spokesman David Walton.

    “At the same time, we must insure the safety of our carriers along their routes,” he added.

  • Clean up your ride after the thaw

    Your shiny car is probably three dirty shades of grey after driving through the snow, slush and salt during the last two weeks.

    In fact, your car could be corroding in some secret places, and reversing the effects may not be as easy as a simple car wash.

    “In addition to the build-up on the body of the vehicle, damage can occur to the undercarriage as well,” said Jack Wilson, a spokesman for AAA.

    “Proper cleaning can help combat corrosion to vital parts such as brake lines and fuel tanks, and time could be a factor.”