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Today's Features

  • Those Easter baskets are often filled with candy and colorful eggs.

    However, there is one type of gift to avoid during the holiday — baby chicks and ducklings.

    The Centers for Disease Control reports live poultry commonly carry Salmonella germs.

    When humans handle the birds, the bacteria can spread. Exposure to Salmonella commonly causes extreme abdominal upset. In severe cases, the illness can be fatal.

  • Tensions between Saudi Arabia and Libya caused oil prices to briefly spike last week, but Tennesseans saw little difference in prices at the pump.

    Florida gas prices, however, responded in kind.

    “The increase in oil came at a time when gasoline supplies in Florida are already tight,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman for AAA-The Auto Club Group.

  • By Justin Thomas • For Roane Newspapers

    Head, heart, hands and health.

    These are the four “H’s” in 4-H, a youth development program offered through the University of Tennessee Extension offices in all 95 counties.

    There are many ways that 4-H impacts youth in Roane County, including in-school clubs and project groups.

  • Twenty-four volunteers pulled 2.1 tons of bottles, cans, tires and miscellaneous debris from Watts Bar Lake during last year’s River Rescue shoreline cleanup.

    Watts Bar Lake Association, Ijams Nature Center and TVA will have this year’s event, which will be from 9 a.m. to noon April 11.

    “We’d love to see as many people as possible to join us,” said Peter Giroux of Watts Bar Lake Association.

    Gloves, trash bags and grabbers will be furnished.

  • A two-day AARP driver safety course is planned for later this month.

    The class will be from noon to 4 p.m. April 23-24 in Rockwood Community Center at 710 N. Chamberlain Ave.

    It will be taught by Diana Davis.

    Call Jim Norton at 233-3442 to register or for more about this and other driver safety courses in the area.

  • Roane County United Way board of directors honor Bill Rhyne, center, for his service to the agency during the agency’s 2015 annual meeting at Roane County Park.

    Board members are, from left, Teresa Kirkham, James Doyle, Pat Baldwin, Suzanne Horsfall, Dana Peterka, Rhyne, Deb Schenk, Jan Hashmi, Susan Howell, Sharon Kohler, Deb Sumner and Scott Mason.

  • Rockwood Thunder Road Festival is roaring back this Saturday with a mix of old and new draws.
    “We already have a great amount of vendors and cars signed up,” said event organizer Bill Anderson.
    New for this year is the Moonshine Runners Obstacle Course at Homecoming Park.
    The first run will begin at 11:45 a.m. A second run will start at 1 p.m. The event has a $2 entry fee.
    Also this year is a best costume for moonshiner or hillbilly. The winner of Mr. and Mrs. Best Moonshiner will be announced at 3:30 p.m.

  • The Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Reservation will have a “frog calls and bat monitoring” nature walk on April 4.

    Participants, limited to 25 with children allowed, will meet at 7 p.m. at the visitors overlook parking lot of East Tennessee Technology Park (former K-25 Site) on Gallaher Road.

    The walk will be concentrated around the ponds surrounding the park.

  • Roane County Cooperative Ministries will continue its April 1 tradition next week by kicking off its Garden Grants program.

    The program helps pay for starting a vegetable garden. Grants can be used to cover the cost of seeds, plants and one bag of fertilizer.