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Community News

  • Harriman Happenings: Jan. 14

    Rod Parker and his wife, Shirlene Parker, spent last weekend in Florence, Ala., visiting his parents. Shirlene loves visiting with her in-laws and other family members with her husband.

    Get-well wishes to Jeanette Gallaher, who has been a patient in Roane Medical Center. She is now resting at home.

    Charles Warmley from Atlanta visited his aunt, Louise Warmley, last Wednesday.

  • Covenant Health offers free stop-smoking app

    Roane Medical Center parent company, Covenant Health, is launching a new free smoking cessation mobile application just in time to help East Tennessee smokers with their New Year’s resolutions to quit.

    Smoking is one of the toughest addictions to break due to its physical and psychological components.

    The Covenant Health “Stop Smoking” app incorporates evidenced-based quitting strategies in an easy-to-use program that can be downloaded free on
    iPhones now and on Android phones in mid-January.

  • Manhattan Project park status to be discussed at lunch

    Don Barger, senior regional director of the Southeast Regional Office of the National Parks Conservation Association, will be the guest speaker at Oak Ridge League of Women Voters’ next Lunch with the League.

    The meeting starts at noon Jan. 15 in the social hall of Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church at 1500 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

    Barger will discuss the state of the national parks, political and financial ramifications, the status of the Manhattan Project Historical Park, and issues facing the national park sys-tem.

  • The Garden Gate: Human, botanical histories intersect to our benefit

    Plants are living things and they are responsive to their environment or, to whatever care they receive.

    So, they may appear different under different conditions.

    Horticulturists familiar with the writing of the botanists of other times can create an authentic colonial garden or just appreciate the way plants appear in their natural environment.

    Such a person was James Bradford Probert of Harriman, who died on Dec. 6 at his home.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Jan. 9

    25 Years Ago
    Floyd Teasley of Harriman had no trouble remembering his daughter’s birthday. His daughter, Kristie, was the first baby born in 1985. He was the New Year’s baby of 1960.

    10 Years Ago
    The Food Lion at Roane Street and Ruritan Road in Harriman announced its closing. Fifteen of 88 locations in the state also closed. Open in 1997, a corporate spokesman said the store was simply “not profitable,” costing more to operate than it brought in.

  • Hospital joins with ACS on new push for mammograms

    Volunteers are needed for a new community education program to fight breast cancer in Roane County.

    The program, a joint effort between Roane Medical Center and the American Cancer Society, seeks to increase the number of women who get breast cancer screenings.

    “Volunteers have been crucially important in enabling the American Cancer Society to help make progress in the fight against cancer for nearly 100 years,” said Sarah Hooks, health initiatives representative for the American Cancer Society in Roane County.

  • TVA gives to Michael Dunn Center

    TVA recently made a $1,500 donation to Michael Dunn Center to support people with intellectual disabilities who are served in and around Roane County.

    TVA Valley Relations Manager Bert Robinson visited the Michael Dunn Center campus and toured some of the programs provided by Michael Dunn Center to people with disabilities.

    “The work being done by Michael Dunn Center to support people with disabilities is amazing,” he said.

  • DOE’s Oak Ridge manager to speak at heritage meeting

    Larry Kelly, manager of the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge Office, will be the guest speaker for this week’s joint meeting of two Oak Ridge preservation groups.

    The meeting of the Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association and the Advocates for the Oak Ridge Reservation will be on Jan. 10 in Midtown Community Center, Oak Ridge.

    The meeting will start at 7 p.m.

    Kelly will discuss managing resources on the Oak Ridge Reservation in a changing environment.

  • Harriman Happenings: Jan. 7

    Kwayu Graham, a former coach at Austin East High School in Knoxville, left there to take a head coaching job in Lexington, N.C.

    The Carolina Panthers High School Coach of the Week program recognizes high school coaches who, through their hard work and dedication to young people, have made a difference in the lives of their players’ high school and community.

    Kwayu, head coach at Lexington Senior High School, was selected as this season’s second 2012 Coach of the Week.

  • Grant gives Rockwood resident new home in time for the holidays

    Bonnie Davison of Rockwood spent Christmas in her new home, thanks to a 2011 HOME grant received by the city.

    Rockwood received a $250,000 grant that enabled the city to complete the rehabilitation of three existing homes.

    It also provided for the demolition of two additional homes and for new construction to replace those homes.

    Davison lives at 309 N. Dunlap Ave. and said she is very thankful to the city for her new home.

    Rockwood Mayor James Watts said he shares in that gratitude.