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  • Bethel youth build a pint sized church replica

    Contributed by Bethel Presbyterian Church members

    Bethel Presbyterian Church celebrated their 200th anniversary last June, and leading up the milestone, the children at Bethel were learning about the history of Bethel and the city of Kingston at the time the church was started.

    Sunday school teacher Jan Rybka asked her elementary-aged class what they would like to do to celebrate Bethel’s birthday.

    Ryne Knies, along with Isaac Shelby, had the idea to build a replica of the church out of LEGOs.

  • Free mental health first aid course

    Westcare is offering a free Mental Health First Aid class on June 5 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 229 Carter Ave. in Harriman.

    On average 115 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose.

    The course teaches how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use.

    The 8-hour course will help participants learn unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, importance of early intervention and, most importantly, how to help someone experiencing a mental health or substance use emergency.

  • Oak Ridge offers senior driving help

    The Oak Ridge Senior Center will offer the CarFit educational program from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, for anyone 50 and over.

    The free event is focused on helping drivers gain greater comfort and control in their vehicles as well as enhancing driving safety.

    CarFit is designed by the American Society of Aging, AAA, the AARP, and the American Occupational Therapy Association.

    A trained CarFit volunteer will ask simple questions and complete a 13-point checklist with attendees and their vehicle.

  • Beware of grilling dangers over Memorial Day holiday

    Often considered the unofficial kick-off to summer, Memorial Day weekend includes lots of celebrations featuring cookouts and barbecues. As the holiday and warmer months near, the National Fire Protection Association reminds everyone to follow some basic precautions for safely grilling outdoors.

    According to National Fire Protection Association statistics, in 2013-2017, U.S. fire departments responded to an annual average of 10,200 home fires involving grills, hibachis, or barbecues, including an average of 4,500 structure fires and 5,700 outside or unclassified fires.

  • Babahatchie set to perform June 9 concert in Harriman

    The Babahatchie Community Band will perform in concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 9.

    The free concert will be in Killeffer Park, in the Cornstalk Heights Historic District, Cumberland Street, Harriman.

  • NAACP offers ‘GED’ classes

    High School Equivalency Test (HiSET) prep classes will be offered beginning Monday, May 13, from 5-8 p.m. at the Greenwood School building, 726 Greenwood St., Kingston.

    The free class is open to anyone over the age of 18 who has not received a high school or equivalency diploma.

    The Greenwood School Education Foundation, funded under an agreement with The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, will provide the prep classes and administer the equivalency tests.

  • Promise for a better future for homeless families

    My name is Jennifer Watson, and I have recently been voted board chair of Family Promise of Roane County. I have served as chair of the previous core group since the beginning.

    Family Promise is a national program that has been in existence for 31 years.

    It serves homeless children and their families and takes them from homelessness to a sustainable life in a few months.

    It is ran by a huge army of volunteers that do everything from fundraise to feed and transport these family members.

  • NAACP scholarship golf tournament set June 15

    The NAACP Scholarship Golf Tournament is looking for participants and volunteers for its 2019 event.

    The annual event will be held at the Emory Golf Club on Saturday, June 15.

    “We need your help in getting the word out to your friends, relatives, neighbors and anyone else you can think of,” said Mary Ellen Blencoe, vice president of Roane County NAACP.

    One of the most enjoyable ways to contribute to the event is to be a participant.

    Corporate and hole sponsorships are also available.

  • Join birding walk along the Obed River

    The Obed Wild and Scenic River will be conducting a birding walk through various habitats near the Lilly Bridge and the Lilly Overlook with Dr. Charles P. Nicholson on Saturday, May 11.

    Dr. Nicholson has over 35 years of birding experience on the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee, including the Obed area.

    He is an active member of the Tennessee Ornithological Society and has served as president and editor of its journal.

  • Master Gardeners’ next program set Saturday, May 11

    The Master Gardeners of Roane County will host their Brown Bag Lunch & Learn Series at noon Saturday, May 11, in the UT Extension Office located at 3074 Roane State Hwy., Harriman.

    This free session will be “Companion Planting" presented by Maureen Levitt, Roane County Master Gardener.

    Companion planting is planting different plants together for their benefit, whether that be to increase soil nutrients, chase away pests or other benefits. An example would be tomatoes and basil, with the basil helping repel insects that would eat the tomatoes.