Coats for Cold effort begins

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Five collection sites for winter garments

The 19th annual Coats for the Cold campaign is set to kick off next week.
Roane County Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson, who began the effort more than a decade ago as state representative, is asking residents  to check their closets for coats and jackets to help those in need stay warm this winter.
Donations may be dropped off during business hours starting on Halloween, Oct. 31, at one of five collection sites:
• United Community Bank, Kingston.
• Midtown Professional Pharmacy in Physicians Plaza, Midtown.
• Live and Let Live Drugs, Rockwood.
• Chase Drugs, Harriman.
• Roane County Highway Department, Harriman.
Collections will continue through Nov. 5.
“Roane County is always really good at coming out and helping those in need,” Ferguson said.
Coats for the Cold will be distributed beginning at 1 p.m. Nov. 10 at the Walmart Supercenter in Rockwood.
“Nothing is better than keeping somebody warm,” Ferguson said.