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Community News

  • Gas prices reach four-month high

    For the first time in 127 days, the national average price for regular unleaded gasoline exceeded $2.50 per gallon last Friday.

    Sunday’s price of $2.53 per gallon represents an increase of 8 cents per gallon in comparison to last Sunday, and the national average has moved higher for 12 consecutive days.

    “Motorists haven’t seen prices this high since December,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman for AAA, The Auto Club Group.

  • Nominate do-gooders for AARP honor

    Who is doing extraordinary volunteer work in the Roane County community?

    AARP Tennessee invites area residents to thank them with a nomination for the state’s 2015 Andrus Award for Community Service.

    The Tennessee winner earns $3,000 for the charity of their choice.

    The annual Andrus Award for Community Service is AARP’s most prestigious and visible volunteer award.

  • Radio A/C club planning two air shows this year

    The Tennessee Eagles Radio Controlled Aircraft Club will be producing two air shows this year.

    The air shows, on June 13 and Sept. 26, are open to the public. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.

    Flying will be from about 9 a.m. to about 3 p.m. Food and soft drinks will be available for purchase.

    In honor of U.S. military heroes, the June 13 air show will be a Warbird event.

    Members from the Tennessee Eagles and other area clubs will fly scale military aircraft representing those from World Wars I and II.

  • Fort gets TLC from Southwest Point, Avery Trace

    Kingston's Fort Southwest Point was given a couple of boosts last week by the county's Daughters of the American Revolution Chapters.

    Southwest Point Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution members worked with Y-12 volunteers on April 25 at the Fort's Welcome Center.

    The flower bed was transformed into a landscaped garden that will provide colorful blooms for the visitors to the Fort this summer.

    Parks and Recreation Director Rick Ross was there to show his appreciation for the hard work and time given by the volunteers.

  • ‘Forgotten Steps’ to be on exhibit at RHS

    An exhibit of photographer Wayne Setser’s work will be on display in Rockwood High School next week.

    The exhibit, “Forgotten Steps,” will be on display through May 8.

    The opening reception will be from 6 to 8 p.m. May 4 in the school’s old cafeteria at 512 W. Rockwood St.

    “Forgotten Steps” is a group of 20 large format black-and-white photographs exploring old, unused steps leading to now-forgotten destinations. Most were photographed in Roane, Morgan and Monroe counties.

  • West Roane County VFD annual sale this weekend

    West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department is finalizing plans for its annual fundraising yard sale.

    The sale will be May 1-2 at Station 1 at 1303 Pumphouse Road, Rockwood.

    Hours for the sale have changed: the sale will now be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 1, and from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 2.

    Donations of slightly used items are sought.

    Call 354-8201 and leave a message to arrange for pick up or drop off.

  • Dispose of household hazardous waste on May 2

    The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s mobile household hazardous waste collection service will be in Roane County on May 2.

    The service will be available at the Roane County Recycling Facility at 215 White Pine Road, Midtown, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    Call Ralph Stewart at 590-7779 for details.

  • Military Matters: Russel Huggins

    U.S. Army Pvt. Russel Huggins recently graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

    He is the son of Daniel J. Huggins, Rockwood.

    During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values and physical fitness.

  • Lots to buy, learn at Roane Master Gardeners sale

    The Master Gardeners of Roane County will present its annual Helping Tennessee Grow Better Communities Plant Sale and Garden Show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 9 at Roane County Park, Midtown.

    The Master Gardeners will sell specialty plants and other garden-related items.

    “Bring the entire family and come join us for a fun-filled day at the park,” said Barbara Peratrovich, a Master Gardeners member.

    Educational display and prizes will be among the other attractions.

  • Rockwood Concert in Park slated

    A “Concert in the Park” will begin at 6 p.m. May 23 at Homecoming Park in downtown Rockwood.

    Live big-brass band music and food will be provided; the public is welcome to bring a chair or blanket to participate in the community event by Rockwood First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).