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Today's Features

  • The Tennessee Department of Transportation is stocked and ready to clear roadways of ice and snow this season.

    Over the last several weeks, salt supplies have been replenished in all 95 counties, and crews have readied snow plows and brine trucks for the winter season.

    “Tennessee often sees the bulk of its winter weather in January and February,” TDOT Commissioner John Schroer said.

    “Our salt bins are fully stocked and we have more than a thousand employees ready to mobilize in the event of inclement weather.”

  • A little more than a decade ago, Doug Hallock owned a successful insurance business in Arizona.

    But beneath the veneer of stability, he had a secret: Hallock was a heroin addict.

    “It seemed like I had been a drug addict all my life,” he said.

    Blessedly, those closest to him decided to stop being fooled and to stop him from fooling himself any longer.

    They held a classic intervention, and Hallock began to receive the treatment he needed.

  • The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation welcomes Tennesseans to submit nominations for the Governor’s 2015 Environmental Stewardship Awards.

    The awards recognize Tennesseans who go above and beyond to protect the state’s diverse environment.

    “It is important to recognize the Tennesseans who help keep our state’s air, land and water healthy because these efforts make our communities stronger,” Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said.

  • Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association is kicking off the new year by

    setting a new meeting time and date for its monthly meetings.

    Effective in January, the new membership and public monthly meeting will begin at 11:30 a.m. the second Friday of each month.

    The next meeting will begin at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 9 in Midtown Community Center (Wildcat Den) at 102 Robertsville

    Road.

    Previously, the heritage and preservation group met at 7 p.m. the second Thursday of each month.

  • Knox Heritage’s series of educational lunches, Lost and Found, will continue on Jan. 16 with a look at the historic Tennessee Theatre.

    Jack Neely and Becky Hancock will present a history of the Tennessee Theatre.

    Hancock is executive director of the Tennessee Theater Foundation, and Neely has just released a book, “The Tennessee Theatre: A Grand Entertainment Palace.”

    They will discuss the little-known facts and interesting historical tidbits discovered while researching the book.

    The luncheon will be in the office of Knox

  • Obed Wild and Scenic River will observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 19 by authorizing one night of free backcountry camping permits.

    Other fee-free days during 2015 are also planned.

    They include Feb. 14-16 to commemorate Presidents Day weekend, April 18-19 to celebrate the opening weekend of National Park Week, Aug. 25 to celebrate the National Park Service birthday, Sept. 26 to observe National Public Lands Day, and Nov. 11 in honor of Veterans Day.

  • Covenant Health affiliates Methodist Medical Center and Roane Medical Center are teaming up with Anderson and Roane County Parks and Recreation Departments to create a Friday Fit Club.

    The club will meet for monthly hikes.

    Those who enjoy hiking and are interested in participating in the Friday Fit Club are encouraged to attend a planning meeting from 8:45 to 10 a.m. Jan. 9 in the Ridge Conference Room of Methodist Medical Center at 990 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge.

    Light refreshments will be served, and registration is required.

  • The Roane County Rx Task Force will have a “Taking Back Roane County” town hall meeting from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 22 in the student lounge area of Roane State Community College’s main campus.

    A panel of physicians, pharmacists and law-enforcement officers will discuss their concerns and challenges around prescription drug abuse and provide information about how county residents can protect themselves and loved ones.

    An addiction video with personal testimony will run prior to the meeting.

  • Mary Beth and Jamie Pennington at 502 Trenton St., Harriman, are the recipients of Harriman Garden Club’s December Beautification Award.

    “There were many beautifully decorated lawns in the area,” said Pat Ramsey of the Harriman Garden Club,” and we appreciate all their time and effort in creating a fantasy wonderland in lights for all the public to enjoy.”

  • Flu season is here, with seasonal influenza cases now reported across Tennessee.

    The Roane County Health Department is working to protect the entire community by providing free flu vaccinations to area residents until vaccine supplies are depleted.

    Patients may walk in any time to request a flu vaccine. Vaccines will be offered from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays during regular clinic hours.

    “Vaccination is the best

    protection against the flu, and the Roane County Health

    Department, the Tennessee Department of Health and the