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Today's Features

  • 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.

  • TVA is asking for public comment on a proposed Environmental Investigation Plan for coal combustion residuals at its Kingston Fossil Plant.

    TVA is developing the plan and seeking public comment following direction from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation regarding coal ash and other coal combustion residuals stored at TVA’s coal plants in Tennessee.

    The Kingston Fossil Plant EIP provides details on how TVA plans to investigate and assess the risks to soil, surface water and groundwater from coal combustion residuals stored at Kingston.

  • Roane State Community College will present a Hitchcock Film Festival on Aug. 30-31 in Princess Theatre on Roane Street in downtown Harriman.

    The festival pays tribute – as well as airing critical questions – of the famed film director and producer Alfred Hitchcock, often called the “Master of Suspense.”

    The event is free and open to the public.

  • Rockwood Public Library will host its annual book sale starting Saturday.

    The book sale, which continues through Sept. 1, will take place during regular business hours: from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.

    The sale will feature new and old books for all ages, with prices ranging from 10 cents to $5.

    Magazines, audio books and DVDs will also be for sale.

    All proceeds from the sale will be used to purchase new materials and activities for the library.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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: