Roane County’s Relay for Life organizers are getting ready for next spring’s big event with their yearly fall kickoff.
Big changes are happening for the coming year, and they’ll be announced in more detail at the kickoff, which begins at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 9 in Kingston United Methodist Church at 212 W. Church St., Kingston.
The kickoff will include a chili supper and the awards for 2014 being handed out.
One of the changes is moving the traditional overnight event to one during the day Saturday.
Oliver Springs will be the cultural hub of the area during its October Sky Festival on Oct. 18 at Arrowhead Park.
Arts, crafts and all sorts of creativity will be center stage during the festival. The Roane County Arts Council will have a double booth. While all area artists and crafters are encouraged to book their own spaces, they are welcome to join the Arts Council’s booth. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to place works at the group’s booth.
Exposure for more musically inclined members is also encouraged.
Abuse of prescription opioids — or pain medications — is the No. 1 drug problem for Tennesseans receiving publicly funded assistance for treatment services, according to statistics recently released by the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.
Over the past decade, substance abuse admissions for prescription drugs like hydrocodone, oxycodone, morphine and methadone have increased 500 percent, the statistics show.