Community News

  • DAR members go to Continental Congress event

    Members of the Southwest Point Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution attended the 128th Continental Congress in Washington D.C.

    The annual Continental Congress is held at Constitution Hall located at 1776 D Street NW.  Ground was broken for DAR Constitution Hall on June 22, 1928.  The cornerstone was laid by Mrs. Calvin Coolidge on October 30, 1928, using the trowel George Washington used to lay the cornerstone at the Capitol in 1793.

  • Studies show generics may cost Medicare enrollees more

    Medicare Part D enrollees may pay more out of pocket for high-priced specialty generic drugs than their brand-name counterparts, according to new research by health policy experts at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

    Researchers examined differences in brand-name and generic or biosimilar drug prices, formulary coverage and expected out-of-pocket spending across all of the Medicare Part D plans available in the U.S. in the first quarter of 2018.

  • Tails wag for dog tales at Kingston

    Kingston Public Library is hosting a story time with Atlas, a golden retriever at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 10, at the library.

    Atlas is a lovable and snugly golden retriever from HABIT.

    Children can have their favorite stories read aloud to Atlas by contacting the library ahead of time to see if they have the book available.

    HABIT is a community group of volunteers working together to explore the circumstances and consequences of the human-animal bond and to promote this valuable bond between people and animals.

  • Former astronaut to share his experiences on July 14

    Former NASA astronaut Jay Apt will appear at a special public appearance at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 14, at Stone Memorial High School auditorium in Crossville.

    Dr. Apt will discuss his space flights and scientific activities while with space agency.

    Apt has an impressive background in space technologies. Before entering the astronaut corps, he was involved in developing techniques for servicing the Hubble Space Telescope and the Gamma Ray Observatory.

  • Enter Obed’s annual photo contest, deadline July 26

    The National Park Service invites photographers to submit entries for a photo contest and exhibit at Obed Wild and Scenic River.

    The park is looking for striking digital images highlighting the spectacular views, historic sites, recreational opportunities and diversity of life in the Obed.

    Images may show wildlife, plant life, natural landscapes, historic areas, weather, or people interacting with nature within the boundaries of Obed Wild and Scenic River.

  • South Gate Masonic Lodge holds car show

    South Gate Masonic Lodge 569, at 1306 Ruritan Road, Harriman, will hold its Sunrise Car and Motorcycle Show beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, June 15.

    Entry deadline is 10 a.m. Trophies will be awarded for the top 20 cars and top three motorcycles.

    All you can eat breakfast will be $7, and proceeds go to the lodge’s community service projects. For more information, call Melvin Marlow at 680-3404 or Terry Ward at 604-8969.

  • Kroger, Little Clinic hold free pre-diabetes assessments, tests

    Kroger Pharmacies and The Little Clinic will be offering free risk assessments and blood glucose screenings for pre-diabetes and diabetes now through June 22 with an appointment.

    Appointments can be made by calling any Kroger Pharmacy or The Little Clinic or visiting www.krogerhealth.com/diabetes-screenings-pharmacy.

    One out of three people have pre-diabetes, which is when blood sugar is higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes.

  • 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.