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Community News

  • Harriman Happenings: March 16

    Due to illness, Pastor Jesse and sister Elfredia Williams were absent from church last Sunday.

    Pastor Willie Gallaher and Minister Allen Hickman were on their post.

    Minister Hickman delivered the message.

    His Bible text came from 1 Samuel 7:1-12.

    Sermon subject was God the Everlasting Rock.

    This was a great message. The celebration choir provided the music.

    Jeff Harris and his daughters from Nashville were recent guests of his mother, Julia Harris, and sister, Alicia.

  • Take a healthy hike along the Obed

    In celebration of the National Park Service’s centennial next year, the Obed Wild and Scenic River is planning monthly healthy hikes.

    Healthy hikes are ranger-led activities that provide visitors with opportunities to improve their health and learn more about their national parks.

    Participants for this month’s healthy hike should meet at 3 p.m. in the Lilly Overlook parking area on March 21.

    Ranger Chance Hall will lead a half-mile hike out the Boulder Field Trail.

  • OR swimming classes set

    Preschool aquatics and swimming lessons for all ages are planned in Oak Ridge.

    Classes begin March 21, March 24 and March 26.

    There are 8 classes, each 30 minutes.

    The fee is $65, with an additional $10 nonresident fee for those who live outside Oak Ridge.

    Enrollment is limited. Registration is available at the Oak Ridge Civic Center front desk, with payment due at the time of registration; cash and checks are accepted.

  • Agent busy, but his phone wasn’t ringing off the hook

    By JUSTIN THOMAS • For Roane Newspapers

    It’s Tennessee Extension Month, and it’s interesting to note how far the program has come since its beginnings a century ago.

    University of Tennessee Extension Agriculture programs date back to 1914, with the first agriculture agent being James L. Herron.

    Things were different in those days, with Mr. Herron reporting 1,400 miles traveled by railroad.

    The phone didn’t ring as often, either, with only 192 calls reported for the year.

  • Hospice volunteer training coming up

    Amedisys Hospice will conduct a two-day hospice volunteer training in Rockwood next week.

    The training sessions for ages 16 and older will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 17 and 19 in Rockwood Community Center.

    Lunch will be provided both days.

    “Hospice volunteers do not provide medical care,” said Martha Dodge, Amedisys volunteer coordinator.

    “Younger folks can make cards, room decorations and other things to brighten the day of those with terminal diseases and those caring for them.”

  • Commodity foods to soon be distributed

    Mid-East Community Action Agency will have its quarterly distribution of USDA commodity foods later this month.

    The distribution will be in Harriman Church of God at 3106 Roane State Hwy., Midtown.

    Harriman and Kingston residents will pick up their foods from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 26.

    The food pick up for Oliver Springs and Rockwood residents will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 27.

    Commodity food recipients should be certified before March 13.

    Those receiving the foods are advised to bring a bag in which to carry the food.

  • Don’t revel in lower prices at pump

    The national average price for a gallon of gasoline declined for the first time in 40 days, AAA reported earlier this week.

    The U.S. average rose 42 cents since Jan. 27, but dipped four-tenths of a cent Sunday.

    In Tennessee, the average dropped one-tenth of a cent on Sunday. Gas prices in the state have increased by 31 cents since Jan. 27.

    “Motorists are beginning to see some relief at the pump after prices rose in response to increased oil prices and refinery maintenance season,” said AAA spokesman Mark Jenkins.

  • Classes teach how to better deal with chronic conditions

    Anyone dealing with diabetes or other chronic illness knows how difficult it is, and a couple of upcoming free classes aim to improve things.

    “Living Well With Chronic Conditions” is for those with diabetes, asthma, depression, COPD, heart disease, chronic pain, cancer or other conditions.

    Another class, “Take Charge of Your Diabetes,” focuses specifically on that condition.

  • K-25 preservation to be forum topic

    Friends of Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association will have a forum to update the public on the K-25 historic preservation efforts of U.S. Department of Energy Environmental Managemen.

    The forum will be March 12 in American Museum of Science and Energy, Oak Ridge. Light refreshments will be served at 5:30 p.m. The program will start at 6.

  • Obed River imagery sought for contest

    The National Park Service welcomes photographers to submit entries for the annual Obed Wild and Scenic River photo contest.

    Striking digital images highlighting spectacular views, historic sites, recreational opportunities and diversity of life in the park are sought.

    Images may show wildlife, plant life, natural landscapes, weather or people interacting with nature within Obed Wild and Scenic River.

    All photographs, except those submitted as artistic, should accurately reflect the subject matter and the scene as it appeared.