Features http://www.roanecounty.com/features/todaysfeatures en Yager heads state, local gov’t committee http://www.roanecounty.com/content/yager-heads-state-local-gov%E2%80%99t-committee <p> State Sen. Ken Yager has been appointed chairman of the Senate&rsquo;s state and local government committee for the 109th Tennessee General Assembly.</p> <p> The Kingston Republican, who represents the 12th District in the Tennessee Senate, was also chosen to serve on the Senate&rsquo;s commerce and labor and energy, agriculture and natural resources committees.</p> Air Force Jazz Ensemble to perform at Princess http://www.roanecounty.com/content/air-force-jazz-ensemble-perform-princess <img src="http://www.roanecounty.com/sites/www.roanecounty.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/ensemble.jpg" alt="The U.S. Air Force Band of Mid-America Shades of Blue Jazz Ensemble will perform a free concert beginning at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 2 in Harriman’s Princess Theatre." title="The U.S. Air Force Band of Mid-America Shades of Blue Jazz Ensemble will perform a free concert beginning at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 2 in Harriman’s Princess Theatre." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> The U.S. Air Force Band of Mid-America Shades of Blue Jazz Ensemble will perform in a free concert beginning at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 2 in the Princess Theatre in downtown Harriman.</p> <p> Although admission is free, tickets are required.</p> <p> Tickets can be picked up in advance from Rocky Top General Store at 316 Ruritan Road or Harriman Jewelry Exchange at 509 Roane St., both in Harriman.</p> <p> Remaining tickets will be available at the box office on the day of the concert.</p> Drinnen-Hensley http://www.roanecounty.com/content/drinnen-hensley <img src="http://www.roanecounty.com/sites/www.roanecounty.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/drinnen_hensley.jpg" alt="Josh Hensley and Ciera Drinnen " title="Josh Hensley and Ciera Drinnen " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Lanita Drinnen of Lenoir City and Dewayne Drinnen of Maryville announce the forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Ciera Drinnen of Lenoir City, to Josh Hensley of Lenoir City.</p> <p> He is the son of Dale and Debbie Hensley of Kingston.</p> <p> The ceremony will be at 5 p.m. Sept. 5 in Bradbury United Methodist Church, Kingston.</p> <p> The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Floretta Clark of Lenoir City, the late Joyce Logan of Lenoir City, and the late Ray and Mary Drinnen of Maryville.</p> Thompson-Smith http://www.roanecounty.com/content/thompson-smith <img src="http://www.roanecounty.com/sites/www.roanecounty.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/thompson_smith.jpg" alt="Thomas Warren Smith and Laura Elizabeth Thompson " title="Thomas Warren Smith and Laura Elizabeth Thompson " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Mr. and Mrs. G. Atmar Thompson Jr. of Chattanooga announce the forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Laura Elizabeth Thompson of Ooltewah, to Thomas Warren Smith of Ooltewah.</p> <p> He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. D. Warren Smith of Harriman.</p> <p> The ceremony will be at 6 p.m. May 2 in Shoal Creek Club in Birmingham, Ala.</p> <p> The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Sandra Brock and the late Harold E. Brock Sr. of Chickamauga, Ga., and Villa Thompson and the late Gerald A. Thompson Sr. of Branchville, S.C.</p> Grant aims to help nonprofits in pediatric cancer treatment, services http://www.roanecounty.com/content/grant-aims-help-nonprofits-pediatric-cancer-treatment-services <p> East Tennessee Foundation is now accepting applications for funding from the Butterfly Fund of East Tennessee Foundation.</p> <p> Organizations must be tax-exempt 501(c)(3) or other exempt entities and submit proposals directly related to support of pediatric oncology research, treatment and/or services.</p> <p> Funds totaling $50,000 are available to award, and organizations may apply for the entire amount or a portion of funds available.</p> <p> Using an online grant application system, applications must be submitted no later than Feb. 27 to be eligible for funding.</p> On vacation with the Roane County News ... to the Caribbean! http://www.roanecounty.com/content/vacation-roane-county-news-caribbean-0 <img src="http://www.roanecounty.com/sites/www.roanecounty.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/vacaycaribbean.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> While everyone was dealing with the bitter cold temperatures, Steve and Mona Bolden took their Roane County News on a cruise to the Southern Caribbean to celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary, Jan. 11-18.</p> <p> They said the temperatures were perfect, staying between 79-81.</p> <p> They visited San Juan, Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, St. Maarten and Barbados.</p> <p> Planning a vacation?</p> <p> Take your Roane County News along and pose with it to be included in an upcoming issue.</p> Food City cites employees for volunteerism http://www.roanecounty.com/content/food-city-cites-employees-volunteerism <p> Food City stores in Harriman, Kingston and Oliver Springs recently recognized employees through the supermarket chain&rsquo;s Claude P. Varney Volunteer Recognition Program.</p> <p> Savannah Daugherty of the Harriman store was honored for her work with East Tennessee Children&rsquo;s Hospital and Anderson County Rescue Squad.</p> <p> The Kingston store applauded Tiffany Martin for her work with Anointed Praise and Worship&rsquo;s women&rsquo;s ministry.</p> Volunteer Energy Cooperative launches online, mobile account tracking tools http://www.roanecounty.com/content/volunteer-energy-cooperative-launches-online-mobile-account-tracking-tools <p> 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.</p> <p> VE-Bill, VEC&rsquo;s online bill presentment and payment service, has been upgraded to include a wealth of tools.</p> <p> The addition of the mobile app SmartHub allows VEC members to take all these tools on the go.</p>