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Today's News

  • Źumba: Exercise craze is a big hit locally

    One of the hottest exercise crazes has found Kingston.
    A large group  of women of all fitness levels and ages crowd onto the dance floor for Zumba at South Eastern Clogging Co.
    It’s one of the fitness facility’s most popular offerings.
    “We started in October. Since October we’ve averaged around 170 (participants) a week in just Zumba. Sometimes we’ve had weeks where we have over 200 come through,” said instructor Paulette Ray.

  • Harriman board weighs conditions for blight in downtown properties

    Figuring out what should qualify as blight in a community is a key part of the cleanup effort in a redevelopment district, but it can be tricky business.
    Making that determination comes before letters can be sent to property owners citing them for unkempt conditions and giving them a deadline to clean it up.
    Harriman’s Redevelopment Advisory Board spent an entire meeting recently deciding just what conditions qualified as blight.

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  • Donations to help Rockwood Ministerial Association

    The Rockwood Ministerial Association recently received monetary contributions from two community sources.

    A donation from Holston Gases in Rockwood and a $1,000 contribution from the Rockwood Masonic Lodge will help the group stock its Food Pantry, which is open from 10 a.m. to noon each weekday and from 2 to 4 p.m. each Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

    Rockwood residents are welcome to go to the Food Pantry once a month for a generous package of canned and boxed foods.

  • Eat pancakes to help feed seniors

    A pancake breakfast is planned this weekend to support the work of Mid-East Community Action Agency’s senior nutrition program.

    The breakfast will be from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Feb. 26 in Victorian Square Assisted Living, Rockwood.

    The $5-per-person cost includes pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee.

    All proceeds from the breakfast will benefit the senior nutrition program.

  • Church Calendar

    FRIDAY, FEB. 25
    • Bradbury United Methodist Church, Kingston, will have a two-day yard sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Feb. 26. Breakfast and lunch will be served both days. The church is at 3506 Buttermilk Road West. Call the church office at 376-2990 for details.

    SUNDAY, FEB. 27

  • Roane students bridge GAP toward diploma

    Some Roane County Schools students are getting a second chance to earn a high school diploma.

    Graduation Assistance Path at Midtown Education Center is available for students who are either not on track to graduate with their class or simply did not “fit” in with the traditional school program.

    “This program is for the really motivated students who want to complete their high school education,” said Joe Parker, Roane County Schools secondary supervisor and program administrator.

  • Methodist supt. to be revival speaker

    Adam E. McKee III, superintendent of the Oak Ridge District of the Holston Conference of  the United Methodist Church, will be the guest speaker for the upcoming spring revival at Bradbury United Methodist Church, Kingston.

    The revival will be March 20-24 in the church at 3506 Buttermilk Road West. Services will begin at 7 p.m. daily.  Special music is planned.

    McKee has served as pastor at Lennon-Seney United Methodist Church, Knoxville District, since 2003.

  • Students practice ‘Go, Slow, Whoa’ during lunchtime

    School lunches are more nutritious than most think.

    “In Roane County, our offerings are among the best around,” said Patti Wells, school health coordinator for Roane County Schools. “Our food service supervisor, Linda Wilson, has brought about many healthy changes over the last three years and is constantly striving to continue that trend.”

    New guidelines that will be coming in the near future are not a problem, because Roane County Schools already has many of them in place, Wells said.

  • Want to grow your groceries?

    “Grow Your Own Groceries: From Seed to Shelf” is the topic of Roane County Master Gardeners’ fifth community winter workshop.

    The free two-part workshop, sponsored by Extension Agent Grant Palmer and Roane County Extension, will be on March 12. Lunch will be provided for a fee.

    Preregistration is required. Call 376-4497 for details.

    Area experts will be on hand to teach about soils, starting plants from seeds and good overall approaches to and techniques for home gardening.