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Today's News

  • More than 100 take part in Run for Your Health

    More than 100 runners and walkers from Roane and many surrounding counties turned out on a nippy fall morning for the sixth annual Run for Your Health 5k race and walk, a project of Roane County Schools Coordinated School Health Program.

    Proceeds from the race are used to supplement health and wellness initiatives for students in the Roane County school system.

  • Midway Elementary this year’s Pacesetters

    Midway Elementary School is this year’s recipient of the Pacesetter Trophy for participation in the annual Roane County Schools Run for Your Health 5K Run and Walk.

    The school had 17 participants in the field.

    “Principal Tim Thompson led his school by example,” said race organizer Patti Wells, school health coordinator.

    “Fifth-grade teachers Paula Langley and Brandi Clifton were key in motivating the Green Wave and encouraging them to participate and have fun doing it,” Wells added.

  • Election 2014: Roane County Precinct-by-Precinct Results
  • Loan will enable OR to extend gas to eastern Roane

    Oak Ridge Utility District is the recipient of a Community Facility loan which will help the utility extend service to rural residents and small businesses in eastern Roane County.

    “Making infrastructure investments like this not only provides more citizens the benefit of

    access to natural gas energy, it puts people to work now and it lays

    the foundation for improved sustainable growth in the future,” said USDA Rural Development State Director Bobby Goode.

  • CONTACT training reassurance volunteers

    CONTACT Care Line will have a free training session for those interested in its reassurance program.

    The training will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Nov. 13 in Grace Lutheran Church at 131 W. Gettysburg Ave., Oak Ridge.

    Volunteers may park in the back parking lot of the church and enter through the double-glass doors.

    Those interested in more information may call 865-312-7450 or email office@contact

    carelinetn.org and leave a name and phone number.

  • UT opens new mobile spay/neuter clinic

    The University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine has officially opened its new mobile spay/neuter clinic.

    “We look forward to a time when a lack of available locations where people can get their pets spayed and neutered is a thing of the past,” said Karen Walsh, a field program manager with PetSmart Charities Inc.

    The charity made the unit possible with a $260,485 grant.

    The 36-foot unit includes three surgery tables, holding cages and an oxygenizer.

  • Applications sought from Rockwoodians needing holiday help

    Rockwood Ministerial Association will begin accepting applications next week for its annual Christmas Food Basket Program.

    Sign-up periods will be from 10 a.m. to noon weekdays from Nov. 10-21 in the RMA Food Pantry at 223 N. Front Ave.

    Applications will be accepted for families in the Rockwood area.

    Applicants will need to have proper identifica-

    tion and documentation regarding total monthly income.

    More than 300 baskets will be packed beginning at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 19 in Rockwood First Christian Church at 328 W. Rockwood St.

  • ‘Just Say No’ balloon release Nov. 9

    Those who have suffered from the negative effects of drug abuse — as well as those who have given thanks that the negative effects of drug abuse haven’t entered into their life — are welcome to join family and friends of Clayton Smith and Roane County Anti-Drug Coalition for a special prayer and balloon release.

    The event will begin at 1 p.m. Nov. 9 at Smith’s gravesite at Oak Ridge Memorial Park. The gravesite is at the bottom left side of the evergreen cross that can be seen from Bethel Valley Road in Oak Ridge.

  • Kingston First Baptist accepting applications for Christmas baskets

    Kingston First Baptist Church will accept applications for Christmas basket assistance for the Kingston and Harriman areas next week.

    Applications will be taken from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 13, as well as from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 14.

    All applications will be accepted in Kingston First Baptist Church at 215 N. Kentucky St.

    Applicants must provide either photo identification or two forms of identification.

    They must also provide proof of address and proof of income.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Now they’ve got it, what will they do with it?

    Nirvana, gentle reader. As you well know, nirvana is a state of bliss, of happiness, free of pain, want, or other concerns normal to human existence. It has always seemed unlikely that we should ever achieve or experience this state of complete contentment, but, come New Year’s Day, no doubt we will, for that is the day that the great Republican Upheaval becomes operative and the winners in Tuesday’s election triumph assume their various offices in the state and national government.