Community News

  • 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.

  • Babahatchie Community Band to hold Christmas concert

    The Babahatchie Community Band will hold its annual Christmas concert at the Princess Theatre in downtown Harriman on Friday, Dec. 14.

    The concert begins at 7 p.m.

    Musical selections will include a variety of songs, including “Jingle Bells March,” “Here Comes Santa Claus,” “Silver Bells” and “Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!”

    Admission is free.

    Donations are accepted.

  • TnAchieves seeks mentors for youth

    The tnAchieves program still needs nearly 1,400 mentors across the state.

    Mentors support local TN Promise applicants transition from high school to college. 

    Mentors remind students of important deadlines, serve as a trusted college resource and, most importantly, encourage students to reach their full potential. The time commitment is small, only about one hour per month, but the impact can be life changing for students, particularly those in their family that are first to attend college.

  • Mid-East pancake breakfast set for Nov. 28

    In celebration of the 2018 Subaru Share the Love Event, Mid-East Community Action Agency will sponsor a pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, at the Michael Dunn Center.

    Mid-East operates a meal program which delivers meals to hungry seniors in the community utilizing funding including Meals on Wheels.

  • Volunteer to help seniors this tax season

    AARP Foundation Tax-Aide — the nation’s largest free tax preparation and assistance service — is now seeking volunteers for the 2018 tax season.

    Volunteers don’t have to be an AARP member to volunteer or have any experience doing taxes. They just need a desire to help others.

    Tax volunteers receive free tax training in January and once certified, they work a minimum of four hours a week during tax season, interacting with clients by preparing their tax returns. We need volunteers for Blount, Sevier, Loudon, Roane, and Monroe counties.