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Today's Features

  • The national average price for a gallon of gasoline declined for the first time in 40 days, AAA reported earlier this week.

    The U.S. average rose 42 cents since Jan. 27, but dipped four-tenths of a cent Sunday.

    In Tennessee, the average dropped one-tenth of a cent on Sunday. Gas prices in the state have increased by 31 cents since Jan. 27.

    “Motorists are beginning to see some relief at the pump after prices rose in response to increased oil prices and refinery maintenance season,” said AAA spokesman Mark Jenkins.

  • Anyone dealing with diabetes or other chronic illness knows how difficult it is, and a couple of upcoming free classes aim to improve things.

    “Living Well With Chronic Conditions” is for those with diabetes, asthma, depression, COPD, heart disease, chronic pain, cancer or other conditions.

    Another class, “Take Charge of Your Diabetes,” focuses specifically on that condition.

  • Friends of Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association will have a forum to update the public on the K-25 historic preservation efforts of U.S. Department of Energy Environmental Managemen.

    The forum will be March 12 in American Museum of Science and Energy, Oak Ridge. Light refreshments will be served at 5:30 p.m. The program will start at 6.

  • The National Park Service welcomes photographers to submit entries for the annual Obed Wild and Scenic River photo contest.

    Striking digital images highlighting spectacular views, historic sites, recreational opportunities and diversity of life in the park are sought.

    Images may show wildlife, plant life, natural landscapes, weather or people interacting with nature within Obed Wild and Scenic River.

    All photographs, except those submitted as artistic, should accurately reflect the subject matter and the scene as it appeared.

  • Southwest Point Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution has rescheduled its free event with author Shirley McCracken.

    The event will begin at 2 p.m. March 7 in Kingston Church of Christ’s family life center.

    Inclement weather forced the rescheduling of the event, which was originally planned for Feb. 21.

    McCracken, author of “The Breastplate: A Civil War Adventure,” will discuss how a Civil War relic inspired her to write what is described as a Christian fiction tale of danger, intrigue and romance.

  • By JUSTIN THOMAS • For Roane Newspapers
    Tennessee is one of the best places in America to live and work.

    But it is one of only six states — and the only Southern state — where the obesity rate increased in the last year.

    Our rates of hypertension and stroke, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, COPD, asthma and several types of cancer are among the highest in the nation.

    The problem is worse than many realize, but there is a solution.

  • By JUSTIN THOMAS • For Roane Newspapers
    A common question in our community is, “What is UT Extension?”

    The University of Tennessee Extension is the local office of the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture.

    We are dedicated to providing research-based information to our local communities in agriculture, family and consumer sciences and 4-H youth development.

    One of the best-kept secrets in Tennessee, UT Extension has had a presence in Roane County since 1912.

  • March is Extension Month in Tennessee.

    Extension is a national educational program supported by USDA through the nation’s land-grant universities and administered with funding from state and local governments through offices in each of the state’s 95 counties.

    County Extension offices across the state are planning various celebrations and commemorations for the state’s 105-year-old Extension program.

  • The national average price for regular unleaded gasoline has increased 34 consecutive days for a total of 37 cents per gallon, AAA reported earlier this week.

    The national average rose 35 cents in February.

    “Gas prices are surging in California, which could elevate the national average at a faster rate than prices in the southeastern United States,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman for AAA — The Auto Club Group.

    “Refinery issues in the West should not affect prices in the Southeast,” he added.

  • The movie “Glory” will be shown beginning at 7 p.m. today, March 4, in the Princess Theatre in downtown Harriman.

    Admission is free; donations will be accepted to help fund future Roane State Community College Arts and Lectures events.

    “Glory” is a 1989 Academy Award-winning film about the Civil War’s first all-black volunteer company. It stars Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Cary Elwes and Morgan Freeman.