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Community News

  • Driver safety course planned next week

    An upcoming eight-hour AARP smart driver class in Roane County offers area senior citizens a refresher course on driving and an update on rules of the road.

    The class will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 14-15 in Mid-East Community Action Agency Roane County Services Center Annex at 2305 N. Gateway Avenue, Suite 10-B, Rockwood.

    Course participants will be taught to adjust to age-related physical changes; reduce incidents of violations and accidents; and update driving skills and rules of the road in a stress-free environment.

  • Ruby Julian turns 100 years old today

    Ruby Julian celebrates her 100th birthday today, Feb. 21.

    She was born on Feb. 21, 1918, to Reuben and Lovenia Hall in Harriman.

    She has lived in Roane County all of her life.

    The former Ruby Hall married Homer Julian Sr. in 1938.

    They were blessed with two sons, Homer Jr. of Rockwood, and James Thomas of Knoxville.

    She also has four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

    Julian is the oldest member of Walnut Hill Baptist Church.

  • Kingston Spring Street Fest coming

    Kingston Parks and Recreation Department is planning a Spring Street Fest.

    The event will begin at 11 a.m. March 24 on the lawn of the old Roane County Courthouse.

    Attractions include music, a car show, vendors, food, children’s games and activities, and performances by Southern Alliance Dance Company, Zach Miles and Jubal.

    The free family- and pet-friendly event ends with the showing of the 1980s classic, “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” at dark.

  • Walk through Oak Ridge history

    Manhattan Project Historical National Park will present a free walk-and-talk tour through Alvin K. Bissell Park, Oak Ridge, beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday.

    The easy to moderate 1-mile walk will start at the American Museum of Science and Energy at 300 S. Tulane Ave., Oak Ridge.

    Discussion will focus on different lifestyles and challenges that Oak Ridge residents faced during the project. Walkers will visit some historical structures and discuss how the town has changed and how it has stayed the same in the city’s 75th anniversary.

  • Get ready for Soul Food Sunday

    Mayme Carmichael School Organization Inc. is gearing up for its Soul Food Sunday fundraising event.

    The dinner will be from noon to 3 p.m. Feb. 11 in Oliver Springs Disabled American Veterans building at 530 Kingston Ave.

    Dine-in and carry-out meals will be available for $15 for adults, $10 for ages 4-11, with ages 3 and younger eating free.

  • Get a Jumpstart on writing with January session

    Concurrent writing workshops are scheduled for “January Jumpstart XVIII,” a Tennessee Mountain Writers event, on Jan. 12-14, 2018, at the Best Western Morristown Conference Center.

    Darnell Arnoult will lead fiction and Bill Brown returns to lead poetry.

    The session will open with an informal social hour on Friday evening. Workshop sessions will run from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, with a break for lunch from noon to 1:30 p.m.; and from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Sunday.

  • Dining With Diabetes starting up

    Roane County UT Extension will have a “Dining With Diabetes” workshop series starting Nov. 8.

    The workshop will be from 1 to 3 p.m. each Wednesday through Nov. 22 in Kingston Community Center.

    The $40 registration cost covers food; participants will be taught healthier food preparation techniques and will make sautéed greens and carrots, slow-cooker sloppy joes and oven-fried chicken and sweet potatoes.

  • Boating safety class planned

    The Coast Guard Auxiliary, Watts Bar Flotilla, will have a one-day, eight-hour boating safety class on Nov. 18.

    The class will be from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Rockwood Community Center at 710 N. Chamberlain Ave.

    Cost is $40 per person and includes lunch. Space is limited; make reservations early by calling Bill White at 376-4822.

  • Disc golf tourney set

    Roane County Park is hosting a disc golf tournament on Saturday.

    The entry fee is $15.

    Registration is 9 a.m.

    A player’s meeting will be held at 10 a.m. and tee off is scheduled for 10:30.

  • Medicare seminar next week

    Roane County ElderWatch will have a free seminar, “Understanding the Medicare Maze,” from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 7 in Kingston First Baptist Church.

    The goal is to help those who are turning 65, planning to retire or have questions about Medicare. Guest speakers include insurance professionals, an elder law attorney and a physician. Lunch will be provided.

    Preregistration is required due to limited seating; call Mid-East Community Action Agency’s senior services at 354-0450 to register.