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Today's Features

  • Roane County Extension and Roane County Health Department have partnered to offer Take Charge of Your Diabetes, a six-week class that starts Aug. 8.

    “This class can be the turning point between enduring everyday life and enjoying everyday life,” said Donna Raines of Roane County Health Department.

    The class, a $1,200 value, is offered free. Call Roane County Health Department at 354-1220, Ext. 108, to sign up

    Participants will be taught to:

    • Manage your symptoms

  • The year 2012 marks Tennessee State Parks’ 75th anniversary, and to help commemorate this important milestone, Frozen Head State Park in Morgan County will have a special community event from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 10.

    “This is a great opportunity to thank the park’s many patrons and the entire local community for their support throughout the years and invite community members to see what the park has to offer,” said Park Manager David Engebretson.

  • Roane County Heritage Commission President Charlotte Branson, right, accepts a $1,000 donation on the organization’s behalf from state Rep. Julia Hurley for the restoration of the old Roane County Courthouse, one of only seven original court houses still standing in the state.

    The commission receives grants and personal donations from private citizens and businesses, and the annual Gala is one of the major fundraising events. A museum is being set up.

  • AARP has a long history of supporting and celebrating educators.

    In 1947, Ethel Percy Andrus founded NRTA (formerly the National Retired Teachers Association) to help address the economic challenges and health needs of retired educators.

    It wasn’t until 1958 that Andrus opened the organization to all older Americans, and AARP was born.

    As such, AARP is planning its AARP Drivers Safety 2012 Educator Appreciation Promotion.  

  • Lots of prizes and family fun are on tap for the 22nd annual Dennis Ferguson Fishing Rodeo this weekend.

    Registration for the event starts at 8 a.m. Aug. 4 at Roane County Park, with fishing to begin at 9. All bait will be furnished.

    This year’s grand prize is a 14-foot boat and troll motor, courtesy of Bunch Marine of Midtown. Another $3,000 in gift cards will be awarded, including four top prizes of gift cards worth $250 each.

  • Harriman City Schools Alumni Association will present “Elvis at the Princess!,” a tribute to Elvis Presley, at 7 p.m. Aug. 18 in Harriman’s downtown Princess Theatre.

    The tribute, featuring Oliver Springs native and award-winning Elvis tribute artist Greg Johnson, falls two days after the 35th anniversary of the death of Presley, a Memphis artist known worldwide as the King of Rock’n’Roll.

    Johnson is a regular performer at the Oldies Dinner Showplace in Pigeon Forge.

  • Three-time World Old-Time Piano-Playing Champion Brian Holland and drummer Danny Coots will perform in Kingston next weekend in a benefit concert to help Special Olympics Tennessee Area 30.

    The concert will begin at 7 p.m. Aug. 11 in Kingston United Methodist Church at 212 W. Church St.

    Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for those younger than 16 and are available at the church or Browder’s Ace Hardware in the Ladd Landing shopping center.

    Call Lee Schuiten at 771-7655 for details.

  • Roane County ElderWatch and Mid-East Community Action Agency’s Senior Services Department will host a senior open house from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Aug. 2 in the Mid-East office at 1362 N. Gateway Ave., Rockwood.

    Activities will include entertainment, refreshments, senior services information, door prizes, bingo, games and crafts.

    At 10:30 a.m. the winner of the World Elder Abuse Awareness Poster Contest will be recognized.

    All area seniors are welcome and encouraged to attend. Call 354-0450, Ext. 228, to register.

  • Harriman Utility Board recently received notification from the Tennessee Regulatory Authority  Gas Pipeline Safety Division that the agency has completed an inspection of Harriman’s gas department’s policy and procedures, and no violations were found.

    TRA scrutinized files that included plans for management integrity, identification of any threats to the integrity of the pipelines, assessing the risks to the system and implementation of plans to address those threats and the maintenance of records documenting leak repairs and corrosion control.