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Community News

  • Rockwood pool opening May 29

    The swimming pool at Rockwood Community Center will open for the summer season on May 29.

    Open swimming hours will be from noon to 5 p.m. May 29-June 1. Afterward, open swimming hours will be from 1 to 5 p.m. weekdays.

    Admission for open swimming will be $3 for ages 18 and older, $2 for K-12 students; ages 3 and younger will be admitted free.

    Lap swimming and water aerobics will take place from 5:15 to 6 p.m. each weekday. Admission is $1.

  • Seminar teaches methods to reverse diabetes

    Roane County has a type 2 diabetes rate of 13 percent, according to County Health Rankings provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

    Identifying and connecting with people at high risk of type 2 diabetes is critical to preventing it. And those who already have diabetes, can improve their health and may even be able to reverse type 2 diabetes with a seminar starting Monday.

  • Riversharks taking a bow (wow!)to help Fort Paws

    Outdoor Kingston will be hosting a concert this month featuring The Riversharks with the opening act by Joey Pierce.

    The concert to benefit the Fort Paws Dog Park project will begin at 6 p.m. May 19 in Roane State Community College’s O’Brien Theatre.

    Tickets are on sale at area businesses, including Bet’s Pets, Dogs Inn, Enrichment Federal Credit Union of Kingston and Midtown, Everly Blu, Griffin and Davis Law Firm, Rocky Top Markets, SailAway Realty, and Zoomerz Markets.

    Tickets for the concert are $15 each.

  • Reversing Diabetes seminar scheduled to start next week

    A six-week Reversing Diabetes seminar will be from 7 to 9 p.m. each Monday May 7-June 11 in the fellowship hall of Roane Community Adventist Church at 336 Patton Lane.

    Registered nurses Kathy Kleinsmith and Cathy Petel will teach a new dietary and lifestyle approach. Recipes and samples of diabetes-reversing foods will be provided.

    Cost is $30 per person, $45 per couple and includes books, recipes and food samples.

    Scholarships will be available.

    Register for the seminar by calling or texting Petel at 466-4380.

  • Committee for back taxes meets April 30

    The Roane County-Owned Back Tax Property Committee will meet Monday, April 30, at 6:30 p.m. in the first floor conference room at the Courthouse in Kingston.

    The committee consists of Commissioners Darryl Meadows, Todd Fink, Stanley Moore, Randy Ellis and Ron Woody.

  • Tips for family healthy spring

    Spring is here, and it’s a great time for the family to take advantage of the nicer weather.

    Get outside with the kids and enjoy outdoor activities that boost fitness.

    Practicing healthy habits every day will help children live a healthier life. It will also help them achieve more in school.

    A few small changes in the family’s physical activity can have a huge impact on kids now and on their long-term health.

  • Hosta details galore at next Lunch & Learn

    Fred Anderson of the East Tennessee Hosta Society will lead a session on hostas during the next Brown Bag Lunch and Learn series.

    The series will begin at noon Saturday in the Roane County University of Tennessee Extension Office.

    The office is at 3074 Roane State Hwy., Midtown.

    Participants are asked to bring a brown bag lunch or snack to enjoy while they listen to the presentation.

    This free monthly event is presented by the Master Gardeners of Roane County.

  • Support for victims of sexual abuse

    Avalon Center’s support group for victims of sexual abuse will meet in monthly session at 1 p.m. April 17.

    Call 931-456-0747 for location and more information.

  • Preservation group on the lookout for Endangered Eight

    The East Tennessee Preservation Alliance is now accepting nominations for the 2018 East Tennessee Endangered Eight, a listing of the eight most threatened historic sites in the region.

    The objective of the list is to inform area communities about the real threat of losing these important sites to development, demolition or lack of maintenance as well as the value of what will be lost if action isn’t taken soon to avoid their destruction.

  • ETHRA providing housing vouchers

    East Tennessee Human Resource Agency administers the Housing Choice Voucher Program in 16 East Tennessee counties.

    Funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, this program provides up to 784 vouchers to help families obtain safe, decent housing at an affordable price.

    Homes must be inspected and meet HUD’s Housing Quality Standards.

    The rental subsidy is based on each family’s income and is paid directly to the landlord.