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Community News

  • Food City cites employees for volunteerism

    Food City stores in Harriman, Kingston and Oliver Springs recently recognized employees through the supermarket chain’s Claude P. Varney Volunteer Recognition Program.

    Savannah Daugherty of the Harriman store was honored for her work with East Tennessee Children’s Hospital and Anderson County Rescue Squad.

    The Kingston store applauded Tiffany Martin for her work with Anointed Praise and Worship’s women’s ministry.

  • Volunteer Energy Cooperative launches online, mobile account tracking tools

    Volunteer Energy Cooperative, which serves South Roane County in its 17-county service area, is helping electricity consumers take control of their energy use and costs in 2015 with a full array of online and mobile account tracking and management options that was launched Jan. 15.

    VE-Bill, VEC’s online bill presentment and payment service, has been upgraded to include a wealth of tools.

    The addition of the mobile app SmartHub allows VEC members to take all these tools on the go.

  • Weekly cancer support group to start in February

    A cancer support group aimed at helping anyone affected by the disease will start up in February.

    The group will meet at 11 a.m. each Saturday in Asbury Chapel United Methodist Church at 1717 Eureka Road, Rockwood.

    “This support group is designed to help anyone that has had cancer impact their lives,” said Asbury Chapel Pastor Sam Reese.

  • Henry leading initiative for Appalachian children

    Tennessee Department of Children’s Services Commissioner Jim Henry will chair a multi-state initiative designed to find solutions to help children and families throughout the Southern Appalachians.

    The Appalachian Child Welfare Leaders’ Roundtable, which is supported by Casey Family Programs, includes cabinet officials from Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia.

  • Free family concert Sunday

    The Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra will present “Peter and the Wolf” and Vivaldi’s “Spring” in a free family concert at 3 p.m. Jan. 25 in the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge.

    Children are welcome to go early for paper-puppet making and instrument making beginning at 2 p.m. in the museum at 461 W. Outer Drive.

    The museum is offering free admission from 1 to 5 p.m. Jan. 25 to support the concert.

    The concert is funded through the Tennessee Arts Commission and National Endowment for the Arts.

  • Still time to sign up for health insurance

    There’s still time for Tennesseans without health insurance to sign up on the Health Insurance Marketplace and avoid the penalty.

    Under the Affordable Care Act, 2015 is the first year Americans must prove they had qualifying health insurance or an approved exemption for the previous year (when filing 2014 taxes), or face a tax penalty.

  • Yager elected to serve on ETDD board

    State Senator Ken Yager was recently named to the East Tennessee Development District Association’s board of directors.

    Yager, a Kingston Republican, was elected by other legislators in the East Tennessee region to serve on the board.

    “I am very pleased to be elected to the East Tennessee Development District Board,” said Yager.

    “I appreciate the confidence that my colleagues have in me and look forward to serving the people of this district.”

  • Sen. Yager among those honored for ‘Wall of Faces’

    State Sen. Ken Yager was among those honored by State Sen. Mark Green in their joint efforts in putting faces with the heroes of Tennessee’s fallen listed on “The Wall.”

    “The Wall” is national memorial constructed from black polished marble with the names of 58,300 men and women whose ultimate sacrifice was in service for the United States during the Vietnam War.

    Yager, a Kingston Republican, collected 16 photos from around the 12th District for the project.

  • Hospice volunteers needed

    Amedisys Hospice is planning classes to train hospice volunteers.

    Anyone 16 and older can volunteer to visit with patients and their caregivers or do other special projects.

    Hospice volunteers do not provide medical care. They provide emotional support and do things to brighten the day of those with terminal illnesses and their caregivers.

    “You will make a difference in their lives, and they will make a difference in your life,” said Martha Dodge, volunteer coordinator.

  • Book signing in Oak Ridge

    Eva Nell Mull Wike will sign copies of her award-winning history book, “Fiddler of the Mountains,” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 17 in Mr. K’s Used Books and CDs Inc. at 374 S. Illinois Ave., Oak Ridge.

    The book includes a CD of her uncle Johnny Mull’s restored mountain music from the 1950s.

    Those buying the book at the signing may opt to have a portion of the proceeds to go to either Boys and Girls Club of Roane County or Oliver Springs Historical Society.

    Email jimwike@comcast.net for more information.