Community News

  • 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.

  • SENIOR NEWS LINE: Food Safety alerts are just the start

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service sends out email alerts to those of us who are signed up for warnings about foods and products that are dangerous or contaminated, perhaps with Listeria or salmonella. Are you signed up for these email notices?

    A recent alert concerned 39 tons of ground turkey products sold in large packages last summer.

    It’s made a number of people sick, and the USDA has to err on the side of caution, trying to catch any products that people might have in their freezer.

  • Prepare teens for driving before handing over keys

    It’s time for tuxedos, prom dresses, and corsages as prom season gets underway for parents and teens across the Volunteer State.

    But before handing over the car keys on prom night, the Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance encourages parents to first do their homework about auto insurance.

    Talking to young drivers about the importance of responsible driving can help ensure that prom season is safe for everyone.

  • Help fight cancer with Relay for Life event

    This year’s Relay for Life event at Roane State Community College will let everyone know it’s time to champion over cancer.

    The theme for the Friday, April 26, Relay for Life event is “We are the Champions,” and event organizers are hoping to raise $40,000 towards the battle to kick cancer to the curb.

    Festivities, which includes food, games and music, will be from 5 to 11 p.m. in the faculty parking lot.

    “Cancer affects all of us. It is out there and we need to do something to stop it,” said Fran Puckett.