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Today's Features

  • “American Idol” top-five contestant Janelle will give a benefit concert this weekend.

    The concert will begin at 7 p.m. May 8 in the Princess Theatre in downtown Harriman.

    Proceeds benefit Roane County Schools Education Foundation.

    Tickets are $20 each and are available at Rocky Top General Store, Roane County Schools’ central office, AGA Insurance and The Jewelry Exchange.

    Arthur, an Oliver Springs native, placed in the top five of the FOX reality television talent show in 2013.

  • The Roane County News’ latest vacation adventure is with Madge Jackson of Kingston.

    She took the News with her to San Diego for her granddaughter’s wedding.

    She poses with son, Keith Hopkins, and daughter, Kathy Dawson, at the Port of San Diego at the USS Midway Museum and National Salute to Bob Hope.

    Planning a vacation?

    Take your Roane County News along and pose with it to be included in an upcoming issue.

    Be sure to tell us where you — and the News — traveled for a break and photo.

  • The annual Rockwood Classmates reunion for all those who attended Rockwood High School will be June 1-7 on the Rockwood First Baptist Church lake property.

    No planned activities for Monday or Tuesday, but alumni are welcome to stop by and relax on the lake.

    A covered-dish dinner begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

    Thursday is Game Night; meal will be available from a vendor.

    A dance with a band performing will begin at 7 p.m. Friday.

    Saturday activities begin at 11 a.m. with group class pictures.

  • The Michael Dunn Foundation online auction is now live and will accept bids until midnight May 18.

    Register to begin bidding at http://michaeldunncenter.com/auctions/register.php.

    “By bidding, you are supporting our mission of ‘Empowering individuals living with disabilities and challenges to gain independence’,” said Michaele Butler, Michael Dunn Center’s vice president of public relations, development and quality assurance.

  • Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association will have a cookout for its next monthly meeting.

    The meeting begins at noon May 8 at Midtown Community Center (Wildcat Den) at 102 Robertsville Road, Oak Ridge.

    The event is open to the public.

    The Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association serves to promote historic preservation and the history of Oak Ridge’s heritage.

    Monthly meetings are in Midtown Community Center, except when special “field trip” meetings are scheduled.

  • Motorists headed to the pump are finding the highest gas prices of 2015.

    The national average price for regular unleaded is $2.62 per gallon, up 59 cents since this year’s low of $2.03 in late January.

    “Rising crude oil has pushed gas prices to their highest levels of the year,” said Josh Carrasco, AAA-The Auto Club Group spokesman.

    “Although prices are at their highest level of the year, they are still more than $1 cheaper than this time last year.”

  • May is National Bike Safety Month, and AAA encourages all bicyclists to take necessary precautions while sharing the road with motorists.

    This means making safety a top priority, not just in May, but throughout the year.

    Bicycle fatalities continue to increase across the U.S., according to the most recent data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

    According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 63 percent of bicyclists killed in 2013 reportedly were not wearing helmets.

  • Harriman’s summertime Cruisin’ auto show will not be moving to morning — at least not this year.

    While it was discussed as a possibility as the car show got further into the hot summer, officials have decided to keep it at its traditional afternoon time.

    Now in its 12th year, Cruisin’ draws auto aficionados to downtown Harriman.

    Cruisin’ is the second Saturday of each monthfrom April through August.

    Typically, cars are allowed to begin parking at 3 p.m. and the show officially runs from 4 to 7 p.m.

  • In celebration of National River Cleanup Day, the Obed Wild and Scenic River will have an annual Obed River clean up on May 16.

    Participants are asked to meet at the Obed Visitor Center at 208 N. Maiden St. in Wartburg at 8:30 a.m.

    Volunteers are asked to bring water, insect repellent, sun block and wear sturdy shoes.

  • By Justin Thomas • For Roane Newspapers
    Starting this June, UT Extension Roane County will offer a “Canning College.”

    Participants will be taught how to preserve foods with the most up-to-date research-based techniques.

    This course is once per week for three weeks. Throughout the three weeks, participants will be taught how to make strawberry jam, sweet pickles and how to pressure can low-acid foods such as green beans.

    Additional topics will be covered, including freezing and drying foods.