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  • 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.

  • Sock Hops headlining Winter Blast

    The third annual Winter Blast could easily become a Valentine tradition for area sweethearts.

    The event, a fundraiser for CASA of the Ninth Judicial District, will be on Feb. 7 in the historic Princess Theatre, Harriman.

    The evening begins at 5 p.m. with a roaming feast provided by Annie’s Catering, Ruby Tuesday and Roane Street Grill in three venues adjacent to the Princess Theatre on Roane Street.

    The Sock Hops will give a concert of four-part harmony with music from the 1950s and 1960s.

  • Community health fair coming Feb. 16

    The annual Luminary United Methodist Church free community health fair will be on Feb. 16 in the church at 3401 River Road, Ten Mile.

    A blood lab and several physicians and medical specialists will provide free screening services from 8 a.m. to noon.

    Call the church at 376-7040 to schedule a free bone density scan appointment from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • Lift Every Voice: Service to honor King’s spiritual legacy

    The community will gather this weekend to remember and honor the work of the Rev. Martin Luther King at a special service at Rockwood First Christian Church, Disciples of Christ.

    The 3 p.m. worship service on Jan. 18 will honor the spiritual legacy of King, the civil rights leader best known for his “I Have A Dream” speech who was shot and killed in Memphis in April 1968.