Community News

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  • Obed Wild & Scenic River holds river-based cleanup

    On Saturday, March 30, the Obed Wild and Scenic River and Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning are working together to host a river-based cleanup of the section of the Obed River between the Devil’s Breakfast Table and Nemo.  

    This 11-mile section of stream is one of the most dramatic in the entire park, featuring towering cliffs and a sense of remoteness rarely found in today’s world.  

  • Veterans resource/job fair March 16

    A Loudon County veterans resources and job fair program will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 16, at the War Building, 103 B St., Lenoir City.

    This event is open to any area veterans, not just those residing in Loudon County.

    Available services will include a job fair, clothing vouchers, general medical screenings/consultation, general legal assistance and lunch.

    The Loudon County Veterans Service Officer will be in attendance.

    Transportation will be available by calling 630-673-6400.

  • Master Gardeners hold gardening program March 9

    The Master Gardeners of Roane County will present a program called “Successful Home Gardening and Rain Barrel Creation and Use” at the UT Extension Office in Harriman from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 9.

    This workshop will provide the basic elements as well as the latest trends to make a home garden the talk of the neighborhood. Dr. Sue Hamilton, professor and director of the University of Tennessee Gardens, will teach the basics of gardening success, garden design and the use of color, the latest gardening trends, and the newest plants on the market.

  • VECustomers Share awards $2,918 in Roane

    VECustomers Share program awarded $2,918 grants to Roane County organizations in February.

    Local groups receiving grants include Roane County Knights Lacrosse ($200), Roane County Lady Knights ($200), Midway High School Drama Club ($300), Midway Softball Club ($1,050), and Midway Future Farmers of America and Greenhouse Committee ($1,168).

    The program, founded in October 2001, has donated more than $6.5 million to various community-service organizations across VEC’s 17-county service area.

  • 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.