Community News

  • Mid-East holding AARP Smart Driver Course

    In need of a refresher course on driving? Want to update knowledge of the rules of the road? Is it time to update driver training? If the answer is “yes,” then the new and improved AARP Smart Driver Course is the right choice.

    The driver course will be from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, and Thursday, March 14, each day at the Mid-East Community Action Agency Annex, located at 2305 N. Gateway Ave., Suite 8, Harriman.

  • Obed Wild and Scenic River to hold healthy hike

    The Obed Wild and Scenic River will be conducting a ranger-led healthy hike at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23.

    Join Ranger Rick Ryan for a moderate out and back hike of 2.6 miles total along the Emory River Gorge section of the Cumberland Trail.

    The trail begins at the historic Nemo Bridge and ascends through a peaceful understory of winter evergreens embraced by the sounds of water resonating off the canyon walls, culminating in a sweeping overlook above the confluence of the Obed and Emory Rivers.

    Participants should meet at the Nemo picnic area.

  • 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.

  • 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.