Last week for seminar sign-ups
The Crime Prevention Unit of the Anderson County Sheriff’s Department is presenting a Church Safety & Security Seminar from 6 - 8 p.m. Friday, April 1, and 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 2, at Second Baptist Church, 777 Public Safety Lane in Clinton.

This free seminar is open for all churches and denominations.

The Church Safety & Security Seminar is being presented for area houses of worship to assist with emergency planning. Prior preparation is essential for successful prevention and mitigation of potentially catastrophic events. This seminar will offer valuable information to help prepare.

This seminar will be held in two sessions. The first will begin Friday evening, April 1st, at 6 p.m. with introductory information, continue with a review of current material about church violence incidents, and begin laying the groundwork for a church safety plan.

Starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 2nd, the seminar will look at several incidents of violence that have occurred over the past few years and what can be learned from them. Legal counsel will present information concerning Tennessee laws and how to protect a church in our litigious society. Those wishing to participate in this event may register by visiting the ACSD website at www.tnacso.net and clicking on the “Register Now” button. This seminar is free for all persons wishing to attend. The last day for registrations will be Friday, March 18. For additional information, please contact Deputy David Massengill of the Sheriff’s Crime Prevcention Unit at 865-457-6269, extension 1150.

Museums offering free admission for Spring Break
Two local museums are offering free admission for spring break.

Bring along your family, friends and neighbors to visit the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge and the American Museum of Science and Energy for free admission days from Thursday, March 17, to Tuesday, March 22, sponsored by Fluor-B&W Oak Ridge.

The Children’s Museum, normally closed on Mondays, will be open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, March 21, so that more may take advantage of this special opportunity presented by Fluor-B&W Oak Ridge.

The Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge, at 461 West Outer Drive, offers an exciting world of learning and play for children and their families.

Children may experience a rain forest, explore a child-sized playhouse, create a puppet play, follow two children through a day in historic Appalachia, or see model trains travel through miniature landscapes.

Children also enjoy playing in Waterworks, a hands-on flume that demonstrates the lock system on the Tennessee River, and learning about early Oak Ridge history through the Ed Westcott Room, featuring a guard tower replica and a cemesto home dining room surrounded by photographs taken by Westcott, who recorded Oak Ridge’s history in pictures.

The Children’s Museum, 461 West Outer Dr., Oak Ridge, is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, and from 1-4 p.m. Sunday. The museum is closed Mondays except for March 21 and in June, July and August.

For more information, call the Children’s Museum at (865) 482-1074 or visit http://www.childrensmuseumofoakridge.org

Get ready for Relay for Life
What and when is Relay For Life of East Anderson County?

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is a life-changing event that gives everyone in the community a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against this disease.

It is a festival for the whole family, with events, entertainment, and food. Our goal is to create a world where more people survive cancer- so they can celebrate another birthday.

This year, more than 11 million people will be able to do that thanks to the support of millions of dedicated relay participants.

This year we need your help to come and support our East Anderson County Relay For Life in meeting our goal of having fun while raising $100,000.

Together we can make this happen!


The East Anderson County Relay for Life starts at 10 a.m. April 30, with a Survivor Ceremony and ending at 6 p.m. May 1 with a Sunrise Service.

Presenting survivors with a “survivor t-shirt” and “survivor pin” will be Clinton City Mayor Scott Burton, Vice-Mayor Jim McBride, and City Council Member Rob Herrell.

After the ceremony, survivors can attend the NEW Survivor Brunch at the Relay For Life Event.

The East Anderson County Relay For Life is held at Anderson County High School football field.

For more information about this event, fundraisers and other donation opportunities please visit out website at www.relayforlife.org/eastanderson.

Thank you Anderson County in your continuous support in our fight to find a cure for cancer.

Blood drive set March 18
Medic Regional Blood Center has issued an emergency need for blood. The sole blood provider for 21 counties and 27 area hospitals struggles to meet the demand for area patients.

Medic has two donor center for donor convenience: 1601 Ailor Avenue or 11000 Kingston Pike in Farragut behind Pittsburgh Paints. Donors can also visit a community drive:

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. March 18, Doubletree Hotel, 211 S. Illinois Ave., Bloodmobile.

All donors must be at least 17 years of age, weigh 110 pounds (16 year-olds, weighing 120 pounds or more can donate but must have parental consent) and all donors must have positive identification.

Anderson County TEA Party meeting
The national Tea Party movement has in just eighteen months gained enormous political clout, helping in a recent national election to elect several conservative state governors, members of congress and state legislators. The Anderson County Tea Party, an Anderson County grass roots conservative organization, is holding a special meeting with the opportunity to meet its members and learn about its conservative political agenda.

The Anderson County Tea party will begin to consider what conservative candidate for president and vice-president to support in the 2012 election. Conservative presidential candidates are already actively campaigning for support of the Tea Party movement.

The meeting open to the public, is at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 17, at the Midway Baptist Church 1674 Oak Ridge Highway, one mile East of Oliver Springs Highway. Use the rear side entrance.

For additional information contact: Carl Warner at 457-7474.

MHLUA meeting March 24
The Melton Hill Lake Users Association (MHLUA) will hold its annual meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 24, at the Oak Ridge Civic Center.

One of the items to be discussed is the upcoming River Rescue shore line clean up scheduled from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday, April 2.

The Melton Hill lake levels will be down about a week before the River Rescue begins.

Steve Lewis is in charge of this year’s campaign to clean up trash and debris on the shore lines of the lake.

You may contact him at sslewis2@bellsouth.net or phone 805-8199. He can arrange for pick up of trash bags and gloves for the clean up.

Trash drop locations this year are: Melton Hill Dam Boat Ramp, H.E. Bittle Boat Ramp (30.5 mile), Melton Hill Park Boat Ramp, Solway Park Boat Ramp, Oak Ridge Marina Boat Ramp. This is an important volunteer effort to have a lake with cleaner water. Organizations such as scout troops or church organizations who would like to assist, should contact Steve.

Another item will be scheduling the dates for locking thru the Melton Hill Lake locks to travel to Watts Bar lake. Margo Krakoviak, margo.krakoviak@gmail.com, has graciously agreed to coordinate the dates with the USCOE representative.

Erica Wadl, the new TVA representative will be introduced to the organization and will field any questions you have concerning TVA and the working relationship with them. She replaces Melinda Watson who has moved to a new position within TVA.

Also, feedback regarding the new day markers identifying the channel on Melton Hill Lake will be sought.

If you have found any areas that may not have been marked for sand bars or other shallow areas, please bring it to attention at the meeting so the organization may ask for additional markers.

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