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Community News

  • Energy grants offered

    Tennessee is planning a third offering of the Clean Tennessee Energy Grants to fund energy efficiency projects for municipal governments, county governments, utility districts and other similar entities across the state.

    The state plans to make $1.9 million available for the grants.

    “Increasing Tennessee’s energy efficiency will help us be even better stewards of both taxpayer dollars and our environment,” said Gov. Bill Haslam.

  • CONTACT to mark 40 years of listening

    For 40 years, volunteers with CONTACT Care Line have provided a listening ear to East Tennesseans in crisis, and the Oak Ridge-based nonprofit is welcoming the public to an evening of Bluegrass music to celebrate its milestone anniversary.

  • Merry TubaChristmas! 25 years of tubists playing in Harriman

     The Babahatchie Community Band will present Harriman’s 25th annual Merry TubaChristmas concert at 11:45 a.m. Dec. 7 in Harriman High School’s James M. Williamson Auditorium.

    Registration begins at 9:30 a.m., with rehearsal at 10.

    The tuba/euphonium choir under the direction of Sande MacMorran will perform carols and songs of Christmas.

    Tuba/sousaphone and euphonium/baritone players of all degrees of ability are welcome to participate in this event.

    Call Dr. Joseph Williams at 882-3446 for details.

  • It's baaaaaack! Rockwood Tour of Homes returns after a year respite

    After taking a break, the Rockwood Christmas Tour of Homes returns this year energized and ready to resume its place among Roane County’s holiday traditions.

    Experience the magic of Christmas during the tour in picturesque Rockwood, nestled at the foot of Mount Roosevelt.

    This year’s event, from 1 to 6 p.m. Dec. 7-8, will showcase historic homes along with holiday music, a scavenger hunt, holiday fare and shopping for unique gifts.

    One of the homes featured this year is the century-old Jack Tarwater House.

  • RCHS alum pens 2nd book

    Steven V. Taylor’s latest book, “Dear Earthlings,” was recently released and is now available on Amazon.com in Kindle and printed versions.

    Taylor, a 1969 graduate of Roane County High School, Kingston, wrote his latest book for those left behind after the return of Jesus and based on years of biblical and scientific research and spiritual guidance.

  • Info on health care reform to be available at OR open house

    An open house to provide information about the Affordable Care Act will be will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Nov. 16 in Grace Lutheran Church at 131 W. Gettysburg Ave., Oak Ridge.

    Anyone who is interested in learning more about the new health care act — and especially those who need to buy health insurance in the new Marketplace — is welcome to attend this educational event.

    Those attending will be able to access both printed information and computers to get online resources.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Nov. 13

    25 Years Ago

  • Children’s Museum opens newly renovated waterworks exhibition

    Children are once again splashing water as they send wooden tugboats down river in the TVA Waterworks Exhibit at the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge.

    The exhibit recently reopened with some
    new additions that highlight learning through play.

    In addition to operating small locks and dams in a flume donated by TVA, children now may climb aboard a child-sized tugboat for an imaginary trip down the Tennessee River.

  • On vacation with the Roane County News ... to Pawley Island, S.C.

    A Jackson family vacation to Pawley Island, S.C., was on the Roane County News’ latest itinerary.

    Wayne, April, Will and Paul Jackson took the newspaper on this adventure.

    “Alligators abound in this ancient area of South Carolina,” said April Jackson, who accompanied her family on the trip (and, we presume, was the family outing photographer.)

    Planning a vacation? Take your Roane County News along and pose with it to be included in an upcoming issue.

  • Harriman Care and Rehab honors 2013 Hall of Famers

    Harriman Care and Rehabilitation Center adorns a table with photos and biographies of its four 2013 Hall of Fame inductees during an annual celebration.

    Honored were resident Linda Sharp for her professional accomplishments as a nurse, community member Tommy Hardin for his commitment to the community and elders, stakeholder Saundra Ausburn for her dedicated 26 years of service, and resident Nancy Calloway for her professional accomplishments as a nurse.