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Today's News

  • OR swimming classes set

    Preschool aquatics and swimming lessons for all ages are planned in Oak Ridge.

    Classes begin March 21, March 24 and March 26.

    There are 8 classes, each 30 minutes.

    The fee is $65, with an additional $10 nonresident fee for those who live outside Oak Ridge.

    Enrollment is limited. Registration is available at the Oak Ridge Civic Center front desk, with payment due at the time of registration; cash and checks are accepted.

  • Agent busy, but his phone wasn’t ringing off the hook

    By JUSTIN THOMAS • For Roane Newspapers

    It’s Tennessee Extension Month, and it’s interesting to note how far the program has come since its beginnings a century ago.

    University of Tennessee Extension Agriculture programs date back to 1914, with the first agriculture agent being James L. Herron.

    Things were different in those days, with Mr. Herron reporting 1,400 miles traveled by railroad.

    The phone didn’t ring as often, either, with only 192 calls reported for the year.

  • Hospice volunteer training coming up

    Amedisys Hospice will conduct a two-day hospice volunteer training in Rockwood next week.

    The training sessions for ages 16 and older will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 17 and 19 in Rockwood Community Center.

    Lunch will be provided both days.

    “Hospice volunteers do not provide medical care,” said Martha Dodge, Amedisys volunteer coordinator.

    “Younger folks can make cards, room decorations and other things to brighten the day of those with terminal diseases and those caring for them.”

  • Commodity foods to soon be distributed

    Mid-East Community Action Agency will have its quarterly distribution of USDA commodity foods later this month.

    The distribution will be in Harriman Church of God at 3106 Roane State Hwy., Midtown.

    Harriman and Kingston residents will pick up their foods from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 26.

    The food pick up for Oliver Springs and Rockwood residents will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 27.

    Commodity food recipients should be certified before March 13.

    Those receiving the foods are advised to bring a bag in which to carry the food.

  • Don’t revel in lower prices at pump

    The national average price for a gallon of gasoline declined for the first time in 40 days, AAA reported earlier this week.

    The U.S. average rose 42 cents since Jan. 27, but dipped four-tenths of a cent Sunday.

    In Tennessee, the average dropped one-tenth of a cent on Sunday. Gas prices in the state have increased by 31 cents since Jan. 27.

    “Motorists are beginning to see some relief at the pump after prices rose in response to increased oil prices and refinery maintenance season,” said AAA spokesman Mark Jenkins.

  • Classes teach how to better deal with chronic conditions

    Anyone dealing with diabetes or other chronic illness knows how difficult it is, and a couple of upcoming free classes aim to improve things.

    “Living Well With Chronic Conditions” is for those with diabetes, asthma, depression, COPD, heart disease, chronic pain, cancer or other conditions.

    Another class, “Take Charge of Your Diabetes,” focuses specifically on that condition.

  • K-25 preservation to be forum topic

    Friends of Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association will have a forum to update the public on the K-25 historic preservation efforts of U.S. Department of Energy Environmental Managemen.

    The forum will be March 12 in American Museum of Science and Energy, Oak Ridge. Light refreshments will be served at 5:30 p.m. The program will start at 6.

  • STATE TAKEOVER

    By PHYLLIS McLAUGHLIN

    For Roane County News

    The Roane County Commission approved a plan Monday to move funds from the county property assessor’s budget to pay for the Tennessee Comptroller’s takeover of the county’s reassessment process.

  • Congress needs to stop its political eye-poking now

    By LEE HAMILTON

    Centers on Congress

    With yet another public opinion survey showing Congress to be wildly unpopular — a newly released poll by the Indiana University Center on Congress shows 86 percent disapproving of the national legislature’s performance — the question arises: Could Congress’s standing with the public fall even further in 2015, or are there prospects for improvement?

  • Harriman’s Haley Goldston signs Letter of Intent

    With her Harriman High School playing career only a few months from winding down, Haley Goldston now has her eyes on a new career.

    On Monday, Goldston signed her Letter of Intent to play softball for Roane State Community College.

    “We’re very excited to have Haley,” Roane State head coach Sue Niemi said.

    “She came to work out with us in the fall and she has gone to a pitching coach and improved her speed and developed a few more pitches. She’s going to be very helpful.”