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Today's Features

  • 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.

  • Retired Anderson County teacher Fred Eiler will discuss preserving the graves of Revolutionary War soldiers during the next Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association meeting.

    The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. April 9 in Midtown Community Center at 102 Robertsville Road.

    Eiler has spent his entire life in Oak Ridge. His parents came to the “Secret City” in the summer of 1943.

    His father, Joseph David Eiler, worked as a machinist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and his mother, Anna Mae Johnson Eiler, was a housewife.

  • The Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Signature Event Series will conclude April 30-May 3 in Knoxville.

    A highlight of this year’s event, an annual series that began in 2010, is the Blue & Gray Reunion and Freedom Jubilee.

    East Tennessee and Knoxville played pivotal roles at the end of the Civil War as Union and Confederate struggled to reconstruct and find reconciliation after the war.

    The Blue & Gray Reunion and Freedom Jubilee will have four days of programming focused on reconstruction, reconciliation and rebirth of a nation.

  • By FREDDY GROVES

    King Features Syndicate

    We have another Camp LeJeune on our hands.

    Veterans who served at the U.S. Marine Corps base in North Carolina have been getting sick for decades. So have their children.

    Now we have Fort McClellan, the Army chemical school in Alabama, and the stories are coming out: PCBs, radiation, depleted uranium, mustard gas and more ... leading to cancer, arthritis, autoimmune disease, diabetes, heart disease, fibromyalgia and multiple miscarriages.

  • In recognition of Distracted Driving Awareness Month, AAA is warning drivers to avoid any activities that divert attention from the primary driving task.

    Any distractions could endanger a driver, passengers or others sharing the road, such as bicyclists or pedestrians.

  • The Tennessee Arts Commission is partnering with 13 arts and cultural agencies and development districts across the state to offer Arts Build Community grants for Fiscal Year 2016.

    ABC grants provide support for arts and cultural projects that positively impact communities across Tennessee.

    The grants are designed to help effect positive change in communities through the arts.