Roane State offers safety courses for educators

Roane State Community College’s Continuing Healthcare Education Department will offer a program designed to teach educators how to safely respond to a physical altercation on school grounds.

Nationally recognized personal safety expert Tom Patire developed the SchoolSafe program and will lead two class sessions.

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Council considers budget again tonight

Oak Ridge City Council

The Oak Ridge City Council will consider a budget tonight that does not include a tax rate increase.

The Oak Ridge City Council will consider a budget tonight that does not include a property tax rate increase but does include a 1.5 percent pay raise for city employees.

Council approved the budget on first reading May 14, and tonight’s vote will be the second and final reading.

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Chamber starts ‘Coffee with the Candidates’ on June 12

The Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce Pro-Growth Advocacy Task Force will have a series of “Coffee with the Candidates” beginning June 12.

The participating candidates are running in an Oak Ridge City Council special election and for three other seats: Anderson County mayor, property assessor, and the County Commission’s District 8 seat.

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Remembering veterans who died

Memorial Day Salute

More than 150 people salute as 'Taps' is played during a Memorial Day ceremony in Clinton on Monday. At center is Amy Morris, mother of U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Daniel Morris, who died in Iraq in 2006.

CLINTON—More than 150 people turned out for a Memorial Day ceremony in Clinton on Monday, an encouraging sign for Amy Morris of Clinton. Her son, U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Daniel Morris, died in Iraq in 2006.

“It’s awesome to see the turnout,” said Morris, who lives in Clinton and wore her son’s sunglasses and a 1st Cavalry Division T-shirt he gave her. “My greatest fear is that people will forget.”

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Oak Ridge outdoor pool open today, again on June 2

Oak Ridge Outdoor Swimming Pool

Hundreds of swimmers enjoy the Oak Ridge Outdoor Pool on Providence Road on Memorial Day.

The Oak Ridge Outdoor Swimming Pool opened for the Memorial Day weekend, and it will open for the summer on June 2.

People streamed into the pool today, Memorial Day, seeking refuge from the hot sun on the holiday weekend. The pool is open until 6 p.m. today.

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Health by Design open on Emory Valley Road

Health by Design Chiropractic

Local and state officials, business leaders, and family and friends celebrate the opening of Health by Design Chiropractic on Emory Valley Road on Friday afternoon.

A new chiropractic office has opened on Emory Valley Road.

Local and state officials, business leaders, and family and friends celebrated Friday afternoon with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new business, Health by Design Chiropractic.

Health by Design offers chiropractic care and trigger point therapy, owner and doctor Caleb Runne said Monday.

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Golf tournament on Saturday benefits Boys and Girls Club

The Oak Ridge Country Club is hosting the Lawrence Hahn Golf Classic on Saturday starting at 1:30 p.m. This event is to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Oak Ridge.

There will be longest and straightest drive contests, an awards dinner, $10,000 in gifts and prizes, and a chance to win $1 million, which will be split with the Boys and Girls Club, according to promotional materials for the event.

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Jackson Square hosts Lavender Festival on June 16

A vendor at the Lavender Festival

A vendor sells herbs at the Lavender Festival. (Photo submitted by Charlie Samuels)

Oak Ridge’s Historic Jackson Square will host the 14th Annual Lavender Festival on Saturday, June 16, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The festival will feature information and products related to gardening, cooking, health, and aromatherapy. There will be plants and herbs for sale as well as arts and crafts. Children’s activities will include blow painting, seed planting, a sachet workshop, and more.

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Roane State dean’s list released

Several students in this area made the spring dean’s list at Roane State Community College, according to a press release from Roane State.

To be eligible, a student must have had at least a 3.5 grade point average while attempting 12 or more semester hours of college-level courses.

Here is a list of students who made the dean’s list.

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Fairy Folk Festival at Erin’s Meadow Herb Farm on June 2

Erin's fairy garden

A fairy garden at Erin's Meadow and Herb Farm. (Photo submitted by Kathy Mihalczo)

Come look for the Little People during The Fairy Folk Festival at Erin’s Meadow Herb Farm on June 2 from 10:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Fairy Folk Festival is a free event, but fees will apply for some of the activities.

Participants can explore the new fairy garden, learn how to attract fairies to the garden and enjoy fairy treats. Come dressed as a fairy and receive a free gift. There will also be door prizes and a special plant sale.

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Community band performance, veterans ceremony Monday

Oak Ridge Community Band

The Oak Ridge Community Band will perform at 7 p.m. Monday at the A.K. Bissell Park Pavilion. (Submitted photo)

Two local Memorial Day ceremonies will pay tribute to U.S. military personnel.

The first ceremony will be held at the Veterans Memorial in front of the Anderson County Courthouse in Clinton at 10 a.m. Monday. Tennessee Sen. Randy McNally, an Oak Ridge Republican, will be the guest speaker.

The second ceremony will feature the Oak Ridge Community Band in a free performance at 7 p.m. Monday at A.K. Bissell Park.

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Ace Hardware open on Oak Ridge Turnpike

Fox Brothers Ace Hardware

Terry Fox, part owner of Fox Brothers Ace Hardware, greets customers with cashier Tiffany Poston near the front door of the new store, which opened May 15. In the background, from center, are sales associate Tommy Lee, part owner Bruce Fox, and customer Warren Gooch.

Fox Brothers Ace Hardware is now open on Oak Ridge Turnpike, and the new store sells a mix of hardware, paint, tools, animal feed, electrical and plumbing supplies, and lawn and garden gear.

The 7,000-square-foot store is located in the east building at the former Paul Benton Buick and GMC.

“We’re excited, and we think it has a lot of potential,” said Bruce Fox, one of the new store’s four owners. The other three owners are his wife, Mary Jane Fox, and two brothers, Terry Fox and Todd Fox.

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