Community News

  • Obed launches citizen science program

    In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, the Obed Wild and Scenic River is launching a volunteer-based citizen science pilot program.

    A public meeting about the program will begin at 6 p.m. Aug. 27 in the Obed Visitor Center at 208 N. Maiden St., Wart-burg.

    The park recently received a National Park Foundation grant that will offer a new opportunity for individuals and groups within the park’s watershed to work closely with National Park Service staff to learn about water quality trends during runoff events.

  • Hitchcock Film Fest coming to the Princess

    Roane State Community College will present a Hitchcock Film Festival on Aug. 30-31 in Princess Theatre on Roane Street in downtown Harriman.

    The festival pays tribute – as well as airing critical questions – of the famed film director and producer Alfred Hitchcock, often called the “Master of Suspense.”

    The event is free and open to the public.

  • Rockwood library book sale starts Saturday

    Rockwood Public Library will host its annual book sale starting Saturday.

    The book sale, which continues through Sept. 1, will take place during regular business hours: from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.

    The sale will feature new and old books for all ages, with prices ranging from 10 cents to $5.

    Magazines, audio books and DVDs will also be for sale.

    All proceeds from the sale will be used to purchase new materials and activities for the library.

  • Landmarks lit green for child support awareness

    If you’ve noticed green lights on landmarks across Tennessee this month, there’s a good reason why.

    Green is the color Tennessee has chosen to recognize Child Support Awareness Month.

    Every August the Tennessee Department of Human Services raises awareness of the services available through the Child Support program and the positive impact it can have on families and children in Tennessee.

    Across the state, the Tennessee Department of Human Services employees work more than 368,000 child support cases.

  • Anti-Drug Coalition recipient of $175,000 in grant funding

    The Roane County Anti-Drug Coalition has received $175,000 to continue substance abuse prevention efforts in Roane County.

    “The timing was a blessing,” said Sarah Harrison, Coalition executive director.

    Without such grants the organization would have a hard time fulfilling its mission of increasing awareness and fighting drug abuse in the area, she said.

    The Coalition received a $150,000 community-based coalition enhancement grant through the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.

  • Driver safety class planned for Roane County seniors

    A two-day session of AARP driver safety classes will be Aug. 22-23 in Kingston Community Center.

    The classes will be from noon to 4 p.m. each day.

    Fee is $15 for AARP members, $20 for the general public and covers cost of materials.

    Refreshments will be provided.

    Call Mid-East Community Action Agency Senior Services at 354-0450, Ext. 228, to register or for details.

  • Class tells how to properly care for garden tools

    The Master Gardeners of Roane County will host its free monthly brown bag Lunch and Learn Series on Saturday.

    The presentation will begin at noon in the University of Tennessee Extension Office at 3074 Roane State Hwy., Midtown.

    Gus Callicoat will lead the discussion on “Caring for Garden Implements/Tools.”

    This ongoing series takes place the second Saturday of each month. It is open to the public.

    Participants are asked to bring a brown bag lunch or snack to enjoy while they listen to the presentation.

  • Lots of tall tales about Watts Bar Lake weeds

    A lot of theories about what’s going on with aquatic plants this year on Watts Bar Lake have been brought to light on social media.

    TVA officials report they’ve heard a number of rumors — from high-water flows, commercial plant management companies killing weeds lakeside, property owners dumping dangerous chemicals to TVA has herbicide pipes under the lake.

    That’s why TVA’s aquatic plant management expert Brett Hartis was asked to weigh in. Here’s what he had to say:

  • Broadband town hall set Friday

    The public is invited to a town hall meeting Friday at 10 a.m. at the office of Rockwood Electric Utility to discuss rural broadband access.

    The meeting will be hosted by Roane County Commissioners Ron Berry and Darryl Meadows.

    “This is a chance for residents to learn more about broadband access in their community,” Berry said.

    State Sen. Ken Yager will also be in attendance to provide his perspective on the legislative side of the issue.

    Representatives from AT&T and Volunteer Energy will be in attendance. 

  • Rockwood 2000 holds forum for local candidates

    Rockwood 2000 is hosting a public candidate forum at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 12, at Rockwood Electric Utility, 341 Rockwood St.

    The purpose of the event is to introduce the public to candidates running for County Executive, County Trustee, County Clerk, Register of Deeds and County Commission District 1 candidates.

    Those running for the positions are:

    County Executive — David Morgan and Ron Woody;

    County Trustee — Christopher Mason and Nicholas Forrester;

    County Clerk — Chase Clem and Elizabeth Johnson;