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Today's Features

  • Wintry weather in mid-February meant a lot of planned events were either canceled or put on the back burner.

    One of the latter is the community health fair, hosted annually by Luminary United Methodist Church in Ten Mile.

    The health fair, normally on Presidents Day, will be from 8 a.m. to noon May 4 in the church at 3401 River Road.

    Free services include up to 100 comprehensive blood tests, bone density scans and screening by physicians specializing in eye, skin, ear, nose and throat.

  • Pete Kirby, left, and Jim Huddleston of the Rockwood Street Department give street signs along Kingston Avenue a fresh, new look by installing new signage on Tuesday.

    Kirby said all of the city’s street signs will have the new look.

  • Roane County United Way’s inaugural “local celebrity” basketball event, “Get in the Game!”, will begin at 7 p.m. April 17 in the gymnasium of Roane State Community College’s main campus in Roane County. Admission is $5 per person.

  • Members of the Roane County High School’s Full Metal Jackets robotics team recently visited TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant to show off their talents.

    TVA employees help fund the team as part of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math initiative.

    Student teams in grades 9-12 competition this year had to build robots that could handle recycling bins.

    Names of the students were not available.

  • The city of Rockwood is offering free trash and brush pick-up service to its residents through April 17.

    The city will pick up trash (1/2-ton truck) or brush (2-ton truck).

    A charge will be imposed if the brush or trash exceeds the listed amounts.

    No tires, paint cans or shingles will be accepted.

    Call 354-0184 to get on the list to have items picked up.

  • The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, in observance of Earth Day, is offering free radon test kits for a limited time.

    The program is part of TDEC’s ongoing efforts to inform Tennesseans about the dangers of radon exposure.

    “It is important for Tennesseans to test their homes because radon acts unpredictably,” TDEC Commissioner Bob Martineau said.

    “We are pleased to provide a simple do-it-yourself test kit that can determine the presence of radon in the home and can help prevent exposure.”

  • Mid-East Community Action Agency will begin a free six-week Powerful Tools for Caregivers course on April 8.

    The class will be in the Mid-East offices at 2415 N. Gateway Ave., Suite B, Rockwood.

    Classes will meet from 1 to 3:30 p.m. each Wednesday through May 13.

    Class size is strictly limited; pre-registration is required by contacting Amber Jacks at 354-0450, Ext. 228, or ajacks@mecaa.net.

  • Ralph Stewart, director of Roane County’s Solid Waste Recycling Center, is this year’s recipient of Kingston Rotary Club’s Vocational Service Award.

    Kingston Rotary Club annually presents a vocational award to someone in the community who has exemplified outstanding professional achievement and high ethical standards in their vocation.

    “This award reflects upon both Ralph’s personal performance, but also the quality of Roane County public works,” said Deborah Alexander-Davis, Kingston Rotary spokeswoman.

  • There are still some openings available in the AARP driver safety course to be taught in Roane County later this month.

    The eight-hour class, from noon to 4 p.m. April 22-23, offers area senior citizens a refresher course on driving and an update on rules of the road.

    The class will be in Rockwood Community Center at 710 N. Chamberlain Ave.

    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.

  • Hamblen County Mayor Bill Brittain is the new chairman of the board of directors for the East Tennessee Development District and the East Tennessee Human Resource Agency.

    The agencies both serve Roane County.

    Brittain and other officers were recently elected during the annual business meetings and luncheon.

    Other officers also elected by unanimous consent of the board were Anderson County Mayor Terry Frank, vice chairwoman; Luttrell Mayor Johnny Merritt, secretary; and Campbell County Mayor E.L. Morton, treasurer.