Community News

  • Landmarks lit green for child support awareness

    If you’ve noticed green lights on landmarks across Tennessee this month, there’s a good reason why.

    Green is the color Tennessee has chosen to recognize Child Support Awareness Month.

    Every August the Tennessee Department of Human Services raises awareness of the services available through the Child Support program and the positive impact it can have on families and children in Tennessee.

    Across the state, the Tennessee Department of Human Services employees work more than 368,000 child support cases.

  • Anti-Drug Coalition recipient of $175,000 in grant funding

    The Roane County Anti-Drug Coalition has received $175,000 to continue substance abuse prevention efforts in Roane County.

    “The timing was a blessing,” said Sarah Harrison, Coalition executive director.

    Without such grants the organization would have a hard time fulfilling its mission of increasing awareness and fighting drug abuse in the area, she said.

    The Coalition received a $150,000 community-based coalition enhancement grant through the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.

  • Driver safety class planned for Roane County seniors

    A two-day session of AARP driver safety classes will be Aug. 22-23 in Kingston Community Center.

    The classes will be from noon to 4 p.m. each day.

    Fee is $15 for AARP members, $20 for the general public and covers cost of materials.

    Refreshments will be provided.

    Call Mid-East Community Action Agency Senior Services at 354-0450, Ext. 228, to register or for details.

  • Class tells how to properly care for garden tools

    The Master Gardeners of Roane County will host its free monthly brown bag Lunch and Learn Series on Saturday.

    The presentation will begin at noon in the University of Tennessee Extension Office at 3074 Roane State Hwy., Midtown.

    Gus Callicoat will lead the discussion on “Caring for Garden Implements/Tools.”

    This ongoing series takes place the second Saturday of each month. It is open to the public.

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

  • Lots of tall tales about Watts Bar Lake weeds

    A lot of theories about what’s going on with aquatic plants this year on Watts Bar Lake have been brought to light on social media.

    TVA officials report they’ve heard a number of rumors — from high-water flows, commercial plant management companies killing weeds lakeside, property owners dumping dangerous chemicals to TVA has herbicide pipes under the lake.

    That’s why TVA’s aquatic plant management expert Brett Hartis was asked to weigh in. Here’s what he had to say:

  • Broadband town hall set Friday

    The public is invited to a town hall meeting Friday at 10 a.m. at the office of Rockwood Electric Utility to discuss rural broadband access.

    The meeting will be hosted by Roane County Commissioners Ron Berry and Darryl Meadows.

    “This is a chance for residents to learn more about broadband access in their community,” Berry said.

    State Sen. Ken Yager will also be in attendance to provide his perspective on the legislative side of the issue.

    Representatives from AT&T and Volunteer Energy will be in attendance. 

  • Rockwood 2000 holds forum for local candidates

    Rockwood 2000 is hosting a public candidate forum at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 12, at Rockwood Electric Utility, 341 Rockwood St.

    The purpose of the event is to introduce the public to candidates running for County Executive, County Trustee, County Clerk, Register of Deeds and County Commission District 1 candidates.

    Those running for the positions are:

    County Executive — David Morgan and Ron Woody;

    County Trustee — Christopher Mason and Nicholas Forrester;

    County Clerk — Chase Clem and Elizabeth Johnson;

  • Cornstalk Heights holding meet the candidates event

    Cornstalk Heights Historical Community Board is hosting a meet the candidate forum at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 8, at Killeffer Park on Cumberland Street in Harriman.

    It will be a question and answer session and opportunity for residents to meet local candidates for Harriman City Council and District 2 candidates for the Roane County Commission.

    Other candidates for other offices are welcome to attend and mingle.

    People should bring a chair. Water will be provided.

  • 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.