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Today's Features

  • By FREDDY GROVES

    King Features Syndicate

    We have another Camp LeJeune on our hands.

    Veterans who served at the U.S. Marine Corps base in North Carolina have been getting sick for decades. So have their children.

    Now we have Fort McClellan, the Army chemical school in Alabama, and the stories are coming out: PCBs, radiation, depleted uranium, mustard gas and more ... leading to cancer, arthritis, autoimmune disease, diabetes, heart disease, fibromyalgia and multiple miscarriages.

  • In recognition of Distracted Driving Awareness Month, AAA is warning drivers to avoid any activities that divert attention from the primary driving task.

    Any distractions could endanger a driver, passengers or others sharing the road, such as bicyclists or pedestrians.

  • The Tennessee Arts Commission is partnering with 13 arts and cultural agencies and development districts across the state to offer Arts Build Community grants for Fiscal Year 2016.

    ABC grants provide support for arts and cultural projects that positively impact communities across Tennessee.

    The grants are designed to help effect positive change in communities through the arts.

  • A community discussion of the history and possible future of coal in Appalachia will take place April 7 at Pellissippi State Community College’s next Faculty Lecture Series presentation.

    Grant Mincy, an adjunct faculty member in Natural and Behavioral Sciences at Pellissippi State, presents “Flowers of Darkness: Coal, Power and Liberty in the Southern Appalachian Bio-Region” beginning at 12:30 p.m. in the Goins Building Auditorium at the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

    The event is free and the community is invited.

  • The Tennessee Department of Transportation will suspend all interstate construction work this Easter weekend in anticipation of increased holiday travel.

    TDOT crews and contractors stopped all road construction work that requires lane closures at 6 p.m. April 2.

    Road construction will be halted until 6 a.m. April 6 to provide maximum roadway capacity to motorists expected to travel across the state this holiday weekend.

    Motorists will still encounter some long term lane closures on construction projects that will remain in place.

  • A free six-week Powerful Tools for Caregivers course will be from 1 to 3:30 p.m. each Wednesday beginning April 8.

    The course will continue weekly until May 13 in Mid-East Community Action Agency at 2415 N. Gateway Ave., Suite B, Rockwood.

    It will be facilitated by Powerful Tools for Caregivers Class Leaders Kyra Clements and Amber Jacks.

    Class size is strictly limited, and preregistration is required.

    Contact Jacks at 354-0450, Ext. 228, or ajacks@mecaa.net to register or for information.

  • Rockwood’s Thunder Road Festival on Saturday is open not only to moonshiners — buckaroos of all ages are welcome, too.

    Rockwood Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller will kick off festivities with an opening ceremony at 10 a.m.

    Vendors and cars of all makes and models will be on the downtown streets.

    Other festivities include a best costume contest for moonshiner or hillbilly, a Barre Exercise demonstration at 11:15 a.m. and musical entertainment.

    A parts alley will be available for car parts vendors.

  • A Roane State Community College ensemble including, front row from left, Haleigh Hallcox, Rebekah Guyton, Allison Vail, Amanda Holly; and back row, Paul Davis, Austin Patterson, Kyle Horton and Seth Stewart perform for Kingston Rotary Club’s annual Valentine’s Day party in Gloria Jean’s at Ladd Landing.

  • By Chuck Griffin • For Roane Newspapers

    Several years ago, back when I could easily call myself a young adult, I awoke after sleeping in one Sunday morning and went about my usual routine.

    I ate a late breakfast, watched television on the couch and wandered through the day carrying out some other activities that must have been fairly mindless, as I cannot remember them now.

    It was only later in the day, prompted by an item on the evening news, that I discovered something.

    It was Easter Sunday.