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Today's News

  • TVA asking customers to reduce electrical use during Wednesday cold snap

    The Tennessee Valley Authority is asking for a voluntary reduction in electricity use until Thursday afternoon as a result of frigid temperatures causing high demand across the Southeast.

    The request extends to all electric power consumers – residential, commercial and industrial customers.

    The voluntary reduction will help ensure a continued supply of power to essential services throughout TVA’s seven-state service territory and avoid interruptions of service.

  • Arrests: Oct. 28-Nov. 7, 2014

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.

    Oct. 28 — Timothy Allen Aslinger, 37, 364 Half Moon Road, Oliver Springs: violation of probation/parole, burglary, theft of property $1,000-$9,999.

    • Michael Allen Graham, 39, 412 W. Wheeler St., Rockwood: driving on revoked/suspended license, DUI.

  • State seeking environmental stewards

    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.

  • New year, new meeting date for OR heritage group

    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.

  • Tennessee Theatre to be discussed at Knox Heritage luncheon on Jan. 16

    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

  • Free camping on Obed on MLK Day

    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.

  • Put on those walking shoes and join the Friday Fit Club

    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.

  • Town hall meeting to address prescription drug abuse concerns

    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.

  • Pennington’s Trenton Street home tops in beautification

    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.”

  • Free flu shots available at Roane Health Department

    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