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Today's Features

  • 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.

  • By Jeff Jenkins • For Roane Newspapers

    West Hills Presbyterian Church, at 506 West Hills Drive in Harriman, will celebrate its 50th anniversary in April.

    A reunion celebration is planned for April 19, with a special worship service at 10:30 a.m. and catered reunion meal to follow.

    Former members and worshippers are invited to attend this special celebration.

    Contact the church at 882-6640 or harrimanpca@gmail.com for information and to RSVP.

  • 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.