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  • Fall cattle sale set near Crossville

    The University of Tennessee Plateau AgResearch and Education Center near Crossville will have a fall sale of cattle from its herd starting at 11 a.m. Nov. 18.

    The sale will feature open and bred cows, all of which are registered Angus, Gelbvieh or Balancer cows.

    Minimum bids per head will be required. The cows will be penned and available for viewing beginning Nov. 17. Registration documentation will also be available.

  • Tax refund taken because of debt owed by spouse?

    By MARGARITA PETROVA
    For Roane Newspapers
    Has the IRS kept your federal tax refund because your husband or wife owes money?

    If the IRS kept part of your tax refund because your spouse owes a debt, filing an Injured Spouse Claim may help you get back part or all of the federal tax refund.

  • Things You Should Know

    Editor’s note: The deadline for including items in Calendar is at least one week before the event. Items appear as a public service as space is available. Unless otherwise noted, all events and activities are open to the public.

    MONDAY, NOV. 7

  • Crop-loss assistance signups start Nov. 14

    Roane/Loudon County USDA Farm Service Agency will begin enrollments on Nov. 14 for Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments program for 2010 crop year losses.

    “Producers across the state experienced several natural disasters during the 2010 crop year that caused hardship and financial losses to many agricultural operations,” said Nancy H. Brackett, Roane/Loudon County USDA Farm Service Agency executive director.

  • Relay for Life kicks off next week

    American Cancer Society’s Roane County Relay For Life will officially get under way next week when volunteers and participants gather for a kickoff rally to launch fundraising efforts for 2012.

    The rally will begin at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 7 in Roane County United Way offices, Midtown.

    “Hope Through The Decades” is the campaign theme.

    The kickoff event will include a chili supper, a cancer survivor speaker, door prizes and a holiday-themed country store.

  • Help Tennessee score a victory in Battle of Orange and Blue

    Roane Countians have a chance to bring home a victory for Tennessee in Medic Regional Blood Center’s 24th annual Battle of the Orange and Blue.

    This blood-drive competition between Tennessee and Kentucky to see which fan base can bring in the most blood donations prior to the annual gridiron matchup between the University of Tennessee Volunteers and the University of Kentucky Wildcats.  

    “The battle of Tennessee vs. Kentucky is not just on the football field,” said Vols head football coach Derek Dooley.

  • Noisy November on tap

    Did you know a human scream can travel more that half mile — or that a baby's cry at 115 decibels is louder than a car horn?

    Did you know cats can make 100 different vocal sounds, while dogs only make 10?

    These are a few of the sound-wave factoids that are sprinkled throughout the NOISE! interactive exhibition through December at the American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge.

    Museum visitors can play and experiment with sound-wave physics in a variety of ways in the NOISE! exhibit.  

  • Driver safety classes available

    Need to update AARP Driver Safety Program certification?

    Need a refresher course concerning age-related driving issues?

    The AARP Driver Safety Program will be offered in partnership with the Mid-East Community Action Agency at two Roane County sites in November.

    The two-day course will be offered in Rockwood from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 3-4 in Mid-East Community Action Agency offices at 1362 N. Gateway Ave.

  • Salvation Army looking for bell ringers

    The Salvation Army is seeking volunteer bell ringers for its annual holiday red-kettle campaign.

    “We do not pay people to ring bells; we rely on volunteers who want to help us help others,” said Marie Ruby of the Roane County Salvation Army. “There are so many people hurting these days, and the demand for our services is greater than ever.”

    Anyone interested in volunteering for the cause may call 882-7711.

  • The Garden Gate: Is yarrow a weed? Or might it be more?

    By Ellen Probert Williamson
    Progress means change, but sometimes, things do seem to go around in circles.

    So many of our more popular culinary herbs were first developed from wild plants or weeds. The list is long and sometimes surprising, since we are constantly being called upon to revise our thoughts concerning what is and is not a weed.