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Today's Features

  • A number of area singers will be featured this weekend during the annual C.S. “Sonny” Harvey Memorial Gospel Singing.

    The singing will begin at 6 p.m. May 30 in the former Beech Park gymnasium on Butler Mill Road, Oliver Springs.

    Featured singers include Crimson River, Pastor Robbie Leach, Eternal Life, Pastor Garvan Walls and Joyce Vespie Weaver.

    The annual singing benefits an Oliver Springs association while honoring the memory of Harvey, a longtime Oliver Springs businessman, community and civic leader who died in January 2013.

  • Roane County United Way has completed its annual community investment process of awarding funds to organizations that provide services to improve the lives of Roane County citizens.

    Some changes were made to the application process and the focus when awarding candidates this year.

    In the past, United Way’s business model focused on the “direct impact” of the services being provided to improve the lives of individuals and families.

  • The Roane County Health Department has staff trained and certified to offer a program to help pregnant women quit smoking and stay quit.

    “We know the harm tobacco use causes to the mother and unborn child,” said Laurie Adams, executive director of the Baby & Me Tobacco Free Program.

    “This program is research-based and proven to help pregnant women quit smoking and stay quit.”

    The program is based in Jamestown, N.Y.

  • Obed Wild and Scenic River will have a special bear program from 1 to 2:30 p.m. May 30 in Obed Visitor Center at 208 N. Maiden St., downtown Wartburg.

    Children and adults are welcome to stop by and hear a park ranger describe the habits and mannerisms of black bears.

    Immediately afterward will be a free Junior Ranger program for ages 5-12.

    Participants will complete a Junior Ranger booklet, filled with fun puzzles, mazes, trivia, and information on the park and its variety of resources.

  • An upcoming eight-hour AARP smart driver class in Roane County offers area senior citizens a refresher course on driving and an update on rules of the road.

    The class will be from 8 a.m. to noon June 8-9 in Harriman United Methodist Church at 601 Queen St.

    Course participants will be taught to adjust to age-related physical changes; reduce incidents of violations and accidents; and update driving skills and rules of the road in a stress-free environment.

  • The University of Tennessee Medical Center’s Lifestar Aeromedical Services plans to open a base in Rockwood later in the summer.

    The facility will be at Rockwood Municipal Airport at 258 Rockwood Airport Drive.

    Last month, Lifestar reached an agreement with Air Evac EMS Inc. to assume responsibility for medical operations of Air Evac Lifeteam in Etowah.

    Lifestar also operates a facility in Sweetwater.

    The Rockwood base will be staffed by one of the teams from the Etowah/Sweetwater facilities.

  • Have diabetes been getting the best of you?

    Are you finding it hard to count carbs or understand food labels?

    “Take Charge of Your Diabetes” is a free six-week, educational program designed to help those diagnosed with diabetes to better manage this condition.

    Classes will be from 3 to 5 p.m. each Tuesday starting May 26 in the Roane County University of Tennessee Extension Office at 3074 Roane State Hwy., Midtown.

  • Roane State Community College’s main campus in Roane County will be closed on May

    27.

    The campus will be closed while the water line that supplies the campus is under repair.

    During the repairs, water to the campus will be shut off.

    All other Roane State locations will be open and on schedule.

    Two classes in session on May 27 have been relocated to the Princess Theatre and to Channel 15 television station in downtown Harriman.

    The main campus will reopen on May 28.

  • Central Baptist Church, Kingston, is planning to honor U.S. military veterans and their families as part of the church’s 50th-anniversary celebration next weekend.

    The celebration honoring veterans will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 30 at the church at 245 Bailey Road.

    Live music and light refreshments will be included as part of the celebration.

    A special anniversary worship service will begin at 11 a.m. May 31.

    Central Baptist Church was organized on May 27, 1965, with 59 members.

  • Regardless of the kind of boats they may prefer, sailors on Watts Bar Lake will have the opportunity to hear the message “God go with you” on June 6.

    The Horizon Yacht Club will have a Blessing of the Fleet Service beginning at 10 a.m. The club is headquartered at Blue Springs Marina on the eastern shore of the lake, in a cove near river mile marker 547.5.

    Pastor Chuck Griffin of nearby Luminary United Methodist Church will be the officiant for the service.