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Today's Features

  • Round About Roane is seeking volunteers to dedicate four to six hours a month to help seniors in need of transportation.

    Round About Roane is a volunteer-driven, senior-friendly, door-to-door transportation program for individuals 60-plus years of age.

    The mission is to provide essential trips within Roane County and medical trips in surrounding counties.

    Volunteer drivers utilize their own vehicles. Riders can schedule trips for medical purposes, grocery shopping, visiting friends and family or to social outings at community locations.

  • Representatives from Roane County went to Orlando, Fla., to join nearly 2,000 substance-use prevention and treatment specialists from around the world for Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America’s 17th annual Mid-Year Training Institute.

    Some of the coalition’s youth members participated in Youth Leadership sessions and training events to help them become strong community leaders and change agents.

    “I feel like I can use the information I learned to make a difference in my school,” said Blake Garrett.

  • Harriman’s Princess Theatre has been named one of the first 200 destinations on the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development’s Tennessee Music Pathways program, according to the Roane County Visitors Bureau.

    “We were so excited to get the news that the Princess Theatre would be one of the first points of interest on the State’s new music trail,” said Sam Jones Ledford, marketing and tourism coordinator for the Roane Alliance.

  • The Roane County Animal Shelter/Animal Control invites the public to help provide for the outdoor pets in need to stay warm and dry this winter.

    “Lots of our welfare checks, especially during the winter months, are concerning insufficient shelter, food and water for outdoor pets,” said Stacey McElhaney, s helter director.

    Supplies needed for donation are dog houses, both new and used that are in good condition; pine/cedar shavings for bedding; food and water bowls; and new 5-gallon buckets.

    Donation items can be dropped off at:

  • Round About Roane provides access to the community by providing safe, affordable, and senior-friendly transportation to medical appointments, grocery shopping, visitation with friends and other essential trips.

    “Last week we had our busiest week ever with 18 scheduled rides. Since February 2016 we have completed 1,441 trips. This is amazing and it is all due to the dedication of our awesome volunteers,” said Amber Jacks, senior services director at Mid-East Community Action Agency.

  • The Oliver Springs Historical Society will host the 11th annual October Sky Festival on Oct. 20.

    The festival will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Arrowhead Park on Kingston Avenue. Admission is free.

    The family-oriented festival with fun activities for all ages is becoming known as one of the best and most interesting in the area.

    Attractions include narrated tours of historic homes and buildings plus sites from the filming of the 1998 movie, October Sky.

  • Roane County United Way is seeking volunteers to help with two Day of Caring events.

    The two events allows more opportunities for involvement.

    They are also ideal venues for earning community service hours.

    Volunteers will beautify and enhance the community on Sept. 20 with yard work at Aid to Distressed Families of Appalachian Counties locations.

    The second event is an Oct. 6 car wash at Michael Dunn Center, Kingston.

    Volunteers must sign a release form. Those younger than 18 must have the signature from a parent or guardian.

  • The dog days of summer seem an odd time to start planning holiday menus.

    However, if you want locally produced meats grown and processed just the way you like them gracing your holiday tables, it’s time to track down that rack of lamb, pasture-raised turkey, prime beef rib or heirloom breed pork sausage.

    Tennessee farmers are taking reservations now for the poultry, pork, lamb, and beef, as well as specialties like cured hams and local sausages, which are in high demand throughout the holiday season.

  • In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, the Obed Wild and Scenic River is launching a volunteer-based citizen science pilot program.

    A public meeting about the program will begin at 6 p.m. Aug. 27 in the Obed Visitor Center at 208 N. Maiden St., Wart-burg.

    The park recently received a National Park Foundation grant that will offer a new opportunity for individuals and groups within the park’s watershed to work closely with National Park Service staff to learn about water quality trends during runoff events.

  • The Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry is accepting grant applications for the 2018-19 Volunteer Fire Assistance program.

    Applications will be accepted through Sept. 14.

    Volunteer fire departments serving communities with populations of 10,000 or less are eligible for this 50-percent reimbursement grant.

    Grants will be awarded for qualifying purchases up to $6,000.

    Last year, 115 volunteer fire departments received $264,368 in grant funding.