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Community News

  • Free flu shots at senior health fair

    Senior citizens can get a free flu shot during a health fair for seniors next month.

    Covenant Health Senior Services is offering the shots during the health fair, which will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Kingston Community Center.

    Other services to be provided include medical massage therapy, carotid ultrasound, bone-density screening, vision screening, blood-pressure and pulse oximetry monitoring, and “tug tests” to determine individual fall risk.

  • Nominees sought for preservation awards

    East Tennessee Preservation Alliance is now accepting nominations for the 2013 East Tennessee Preservation Awards.

    The awards are given annually for outstanding contributions to historic preservation in the 16-county region that includes Roane.

    These awards will be presented at the awards ban-
    quet in conjunction with
    the East Tennessee Preservation Conference on Nov. 8 in the Chilhowee Club, Maryville.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Aug. 28

    25 Years Ago

  • The Garden Gate: Herbs continue to be the spice of our lives

    With a new respect accorded to herbs by the medical profession, the herbalist physicians of the Middle Ages are being viewed in a new light.

    New research into the many healing properties of herbs is opening up fresh approaches to the chemist and pharmacist.

  • On vacation with the Roane County News ... in Savannah, Ga.

    There’s no place like the South for its beauty and hospitality. Savannah, Ga., is the epitome of both with a big dose of history.

    So what better place for Sarah Elizabeth Boles, with her trusty Roane County News in hand, to enjoy a fall 2012 vacation?

    Boles is described by her daughter, Linda Tipton of Kingston, as “a young 93 years old,” and mother and daughter bring along their trusty hometown newspaper to enjoy while taking in the city’s beauty and historic splendor in a courtyard in downtown Savannah.

  • Boys and Girls Club 5k slated

    Roane County’s Boys and Girls Club is kicking off fundraising with a 5k race at Harriman’s Riverfront Park on Monday, Sept. 2.

    The board hopes to have an initial site open and running at Harriman Middle School by mid-December. Eventually they want to expand into other communities.

    The race will start at 8 a.m., prior to the Hooray for Harriman Labor Day festivities.

    Registration is $25, and donation forms for non-racers will be available that day.

  • Harriman Happenings: Aug. 26

    Annual Women’s Conference was held at New Covenant Baptist Church last Saturday and Sunday. The theme was “You Don’t Know My Story.”

    Featured guest speaker was Dr. Wanda Taylor Smith. She retired from University Hospital in Cincinnati where she held as staff nurse and interim nursing administrator before retiring in 2003. She had a lot to say talking about, “You Don’t Know My Story.” Four videos were shown where these ladies told us “You Don’t Know My Story.”

  • Race to benefit cancer center

     The Team Captain Kick-off for the 20th annual BUDDY’S Race Against Cancer to benefit Thompson Cancer Survival Center will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday at Bearden Banquet Hall, 5806 Kingston Pike.  

    The kick-off event presents an early opportunity for interested individuals and organizations to set-up their teams and kick-start their fundraising efforts for this year’s BUDDY’S Race Against Cancer.  The fundraising goal for 2013 is $475,000, with 6,000 registered participants.

  • Task Force on Aging to help seniors

    Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced the formation of the Task Force on Aging, a group charged with creating a plan to improve the lives and care of older Tennesseans and their families through a collaboration of public, private and nonprofit leaders.

     According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 14 percent of Tennesseans are 65 years of age or older, and the national average is 13.7 percent. Tennessee’s number is expected to grow to more than 22 percent by 2020.

  • Backpack program needs help

    Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee is struggling to feed all children going hungry in the region, including Roane County.

    Food for Kids, a collaborative effort between Second Harvest Food Bank and East Tennessee schools, is aimed at feeding area children through the weekend, when they do not receive free breakfast or lunch served by the school system.