Features http://www.roanecounty.com/features/todaysfeatures en Roane United Way tweaks community investment process http://www.roanecounty.com/content/roane-united-way-tweaks-community-investment-process <p> Roane County United Way has completed its annual community investment process of awarding funds to organizations that provide services to improve the lives of Roane County citizens.</p> <p> Some changes were made to the application process and the focus when awarding candidates this year.</p> <p> In the past, United Way&rsquo;s business model focused on the &ldquo;direct impact&rdquo; of the services being provided to improve the lives of individuals and families.</p> Moms-to-be get help with kicking the smoking habit http://www.roanecounty.com/content/moms-be-get-help-kicking-smoking-habit <img src="http://www.roanecounty.com/sites/www.roanecounty.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/n1005p70017c_converted.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="73" height="85" /><p> The Roane County Health Department has staff trained and certified to offer a program to help pregnant women quit smoking and stay quit.</p> <p> &ldquo;We know the harm tobacco use causes to the mother and unborn child,&rdquo; said Laurie Adams, executive director of the Baby &amp; Me Tobacco Free Program.</p> <p> &ldquo;This program is research-based and proven to help pregnant women quit smoking and stay quit.&rdquo;</p> <p> The program is based in Jamestown, N.Y.</p> Bear, Junior Ranger programs at the Obed http://www.roanecounty.com/content/bear-junior-ranger-programs-obed <p> Obed Wild and Scenic River will have a special bear program from 1 to 2:30 p.m. May 30 in Obed Visitor Center at 208 N. Maiden St., downtown Wartburg.</p> <p> Children and adults are welcome to stop by and hear a park ranger describe the habits and mannerisms of black bears.</p> <p> Immediately afterward will be a free Junior Ranger program for ages 5-12.</p> <p> Participants will complete a Junior Ranger booklet, filled with fun puzzles, mazes, trivia, and information on the park and its variety of resources.</p> AARP smart driver class set June 8-9 http://www.roanecounty.com/content/aarp-smart-driver-class-set-june-8-9 <p> An upcoming eight-hour AARP smart driver class in Roane County offers area senior citizens a refresher course on driving and an update on rules of the road.</p> <p> The class will be from 8 a.m. to noon June 8-9 in Harriman United Methodist Church at 601 Queen St.</p> <p> Course participants will be taught to adjust to age-related physical changes; reduce incidents of violations and accidents; and update driving skills and rules of the road in a stress-free environment.</p> Lifestar opening base in Rockwood http://www.roanecounty.com/content/lifestar-opening-base-rockwood <img src="http://www.roanecounty.com/sites/www.roanecounty.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/lifestar.jpg" alt="Lifestar Helicopter (N135UT), in the forefront, will be servicing Roane County when Lifestar opens its base at Rockwood Municipal Airport later this summer." title="Lifestar Helicopter (N135UT), in the forefront, will be servicing Roane County when Lifestar opens its base at Rockwood Municipal Airport later this summer." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> The University of Tennessee Medical Center&rsquo;s Lifestar Aeromedical Services plans to open a base in Rockwood later in the summer.</p> <p> The facility will be at Rockwood Municipal Airport at 258 Rockwood Airport Drive.</p> <p> Last month, Lifestar reached an agreement with Air Evac EMS Inc. to assume responsibility for medical operations of Air Evac Lifeteam in Etowah.</p> <p> Lifestar also operates a facility in Sweetwater.</p> <p> The Rockwood base will be staffed by one of the teams from the Etowah/Sweetwater facilities.</p> Central Baptist marking 50th anniversary http://www.roanecounty.com/content/central-baptist-marking-50th-anniversary <img src="http://www.roanecounty.com/sites/www.roanecounty.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/central_0.jpg" alt="Kingston’s Central Baptist Church will have two events commemorating its 50th anniversary. A celebration honoring U.S. military veterans will take place May 30, with a special anniversary worship service the following day." title="Kingston’s Central Baptist Church will have two events commemorating its 50th anniversary. A celebration honoring U.S. military veterans will take place May 30, with a special anniversary worship service the following day." align="left" hspace="6" width="130" height="85" /><p> Central Baptist Church, Kingston, is planning to honor U.S. military veterans and their families as part of the church&rsquo;s 50th-anniversary celebration next weekend.</p> <p> The celebration honoring veterans will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 30 at the church at 245 Bailey Road.</p> <p> Live music and light refreshments will be included as part of the celebration.</p> <p> A special anniversary worship service will begin at 11 a.m. May 31.</p> <p> Central Baptist Church was organized on May 27, 1965, with 59 members.</p> Blessing of the Fleet slated for June 6 http://www.roanecounty.com/content/blessing-fleet-slated-june-6 <p> Regardless of the kind of boats they may prefer, sailors on Watts Bar Lake will have the opportunity to hear the message &ldquo;God go with you&rdquo; on June 6.</p> <p> The Horizon Yacht Club will have a Blessing of the Fleet Service beginning at 10 a.m. The club is headquartered at Blue Springs Marina on the eastern shore of the lake, in a cove near river mile marker 547.5.</p> <p> Pastor Chuck Griffin of nearby Luminary United Methodist Church will be the officiant for the service.</p> Vacation Bible School 2015 http://www.roanecounty.com/content/vacation-bible-school-2015 <p> <strong>Clymersville Baptist</strong><br /> &ldquo;Journey off the Map&rdquo; is the vacation Bible school theme at Clymersville Baptist Church, Rockwood. Classes for preschoolers through adults will be from 6 to 8:30 p.m. May 31-June 3 in the church at 662 Clymersville Road.</p>