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Community News

  • Kingston Rotary holds pancake breakfast Feb. 9

    The Kingston Rotary Club will be hosting its 39th annual pancake breakfast and silent auction at the Kingston Church of Christ Family Center, West Spring Street (behind Handee Burger), from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9.

    The breakfast includes pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, orange juice and coffee.

    The silent auction will include many unique items. Tickets are $5 at the door.

    Proceeds go to the club for various projects they do.

  • Winter weather brings increased risk of fire deaths

    With most of the Volunteer State experiencing frigid temperatures this week, the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office is reminding residents that decreasing temperatures bring an increased risk for fires and fire deaths.

  • United Way website to assist people doing taxes

    The United Way of Roane County will have a MyFreeTaxes site open for anyone who would like to do their own taxes but don’t have access to a computer. Use of the site is free and will replace the VITA site used in previous years.

    “We still want to provide an opportunity to help folks get their taxes filed but unfortunately we did not have enough volunteer tax preparers recruited this year to open a VITA site.” explained Dina Jackson, United Way Director.

  • Summer meal program looks for participants

    The Tennessee Department of Human Services will open the application period for organizations to participate in this year’s Summer Food Service Program on Friday, Feb. 1.

    The goal of the program is to ensure children 18 and younger who benefit from meal programs during the school year continue to have that same access to nutritious meals in the summer.

  • Make sure 2019 is a healthy one by testing for radon

    As Tennesseans resolve in the New Year to lead a healthier lifestyle, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation is bringing light to a health issue that goes beyond the gym by encouraging everyone to test for radon in their home.

    Long-term exposure to radon, a naturally occurring radioactive gas, is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States behind smoking and is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers.

  • ORNL Federal Credit Union exceeds goal for United Way

    Each fall, ORNL Federal Credit Union employees join together to raise funds for the United Way and the 2018 campaign exceeded expectations as employees lived the credit union motto “people helping people.”

    Together, ORNL FCU employees raised over $95,000 during the annual campaign. Over the last five years, ORNL FCU employees have raised over $500,000 for the United Way.

    The campaign was led by internal advocates who brought inspiration and energy to the fundraising efforts.

  • Midtown Volunteer Fire Department hosts Kingdom Heirs at the Princess

    The Midtown Volunteer Fire Department is sponsoring The Kingdom Heirs at the Princess Theatre on Thursday, Feb. 21.

    The concert starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the door or by calling 882-3811, 882-2317 or 882-3603.

    From the mountains of East Tennessee, Southern Gospel Music fills the air and is the home of The Kingdom Heirs, one of Southern Gospel Music’s top Male Quartets.

    The group started performing in local churches and concert halls and as their music and message spread to a wider audience, so did their popularity and demand.

  • Calfee honoree for the Ageless Hall of Fame

    Marilyn Calfee has been nominated and chosen by the Ageless Hall of Fame committee to be one of the 16 honorees at this year’s event.  

    The Ageless Hall of Fame was created to recognize and honor 16 individuals, age 60 or older, who demonstrates their care for their community and its citizens.  

    Communities nominate the individuals selected to the hall of fame. All nominations were then reviewed and selected by a committee made up of each of the counties’ leaders and human service agencies that serve East Tennessee.

  • Help Meals on Wheels with Subaru Share the Love

    Over the past 10 years, Subaru and its retailers have helped Meals on Wheels to deliver nearly two million meals nationwide to seniors in need through their Subaru Share the Love Event.

    Here’s how it works: from Nov. 15, 2018, through Jan. 2, 2019, for every new Subaru vehicle purchased or leased, Subaru will donate $250 to the customer’s choice of participating charities. Meals on Wheels is one of four national participating charities and has been since the inception of the event.

  • Babahatchie Community Band to hold Christmas concert

    The Babahatchie Community Band will hold its annual Christmas concert at the Princess Theatre in downtown Harriman on Friday, Dec. 14.

    The concert begins at 7 p.m.

    Musical selections will include a variety of songs, including “Jingle Bells March,” “Here Comes Santa Claus,” “Silver Bells” and “Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!”

    Admission is free.

    Donations are accepted.