.....Advertisement.....
.....Advertisement.....

Community News

  • 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.

  • Illnesses thought rooted at Fort Mac

    By FREDDY GROVES

    King Features Syndicate

    We have another Camp LeJeune on our hands.

    Veterans who served at the U.S. Marine Corps base in North Carolina have been getting sick for decades. So have their children.

    Now we have Fort McClellan, the Army chemical school in Alabama, and the stories are coming out: PCBs, radiation, depleted uranium, mustard gas and more ... leading to cancer, arthritis, autoimmune disease, diabetes, heart disease, fibromyalgia and multiple miscarriages.

  • Keep eyes, mind on the road when driving

    In recognition of Distracted Driving Awareness Month, AAA is warning drivers to avoid any activities that divert attention from the primary driving task.

    Any distractions could endanger a driver, passengers or others sharing the road, such as bicyclists or pedestrians.

  • Get ready to apply for arts grants

    The Tennessee Arts Commission is partnering with 13 arts and cultural agencies and development districts across the state to offer Arts Build Community grants for Fiscal Year 2016.

    ABC grants provide support for arts and cultural projects that positively impact communities across Tennessee.

    The grants are designed to help effect positive change in communities through the arts.

  • Coal in Appalachia focus of forum

    A community discussion of the history and possible future of coal in Appalachia will take place April 7 at Pellissippi State Community College’s next Faculty Lecture Series presentation.

    Grant Mincy, an adjunct faculty member in Natural and Behavioral Sciences at Pellissippi State, presents “Flowers of Darkness: Coal, Power and Liberty in the Southern Appalachian Bio-Region” beginning at 12:30 p.m. in the Goins Building Auditorium at the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

    The event is free and the community is invited.

  • Easter Egg Hunts 2015
  • Happy Easter! No weekend road construction

    The Tennessee Department of Transportation will suspend all interstate construction work this Easter weekend in anticipation of increased holiday travel.

    TDOT crews and contractors stopped all road construction work that requires lane closures at 6 p.m. April 2.

    Road construction will be halted until 6 a.m. April 6 to provide maximum roadway capacity to motorists expected to travel across the state this holiday weekend.

    Motorists will still encounter some long term lane closures on construction projects that will remain in place.