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  • Inaugural car, motorcycle show set

    The inaugural Roane County Anti-Drug Coalition Cruisin’ to Prevent Substance Abuse Car and Motorcycle Show will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 29 at Roane County Park.

    Entry fee is $20 each.

    Trophies will be awarded for Best of Show, Best Cruiser Cycle, Best GM, Best Unfinished, Best Mopar, Best Rat Rod, Best Import, Best Ford, Best Street Rod and Best Motorcycle.

    Trophies will also be given to the top 25 cars.

    The People’s Choice trophy will be awarded to the highest bidder at $1 per vote.

  • Orange and White Day

    Youngsters at The Henry Center show their Volunteer Spirit by recently wearing the University of Tennessee’s trademark orange and white.

    Their Vols spirit earned them a special place online: on football coach Derek Dooley’s professional sports page.

  • Abston Garage has a storied history

    By Andy Jones, For Roane Newspapers

    The Abston Garage, built by Tom Abston sometime not long after 1915, has been a fixture on the Oliver Springs landscape for close to a century now.

    Built on the property that was once owned by the Wiley family, the brick structure was laid by masons Johnny Cox and John McNamara. Abston, a master mechanic, was responsible for running the electric plant in town that operated on a subscription basis, with the monthly charge being based on how many light bulbs were used in one’s home or business.

  • Social Security giving 3.6% hike in benefits

    Monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income benefits for more than 60 million Americans will increase 3.6 percent in 2012.

    The 3.6 percent cost-of-living adjustment will begin with benefits that nearly 55 million Social Security beneficiaries receive in January 2012.

    Increased payments to more than 8 million SSI beneficiaries will begin on Dec. 30.

    Some other changes that take effect in January of each year are based on the increase in average wages.

  • Almost 15 groups to be in Battle of the Bands

    Almost 15 area bands are scheduled to participate in Battle of the Bands, a family event planned for Oct. 30 at Harriman Riverfront Park.

    The event will start at 3 p.m. There’s still time for bands to register to participate. Email radicalregeneration@yahoo.com or call 882-5802 for details.

    Other family fun planned by Courts of Praise Church include bounce houses, cotton candy, hot dogs, drinks, prizes, face painting, games and the playground. All activities are free.

  • Watson’s ‘Suspended License’ to be featured in Arts at the Airport exhibit

    “Suspended License,” a photograph by Travis Watson of Kingston, is among the artwork to be featured at Arts in the Airport, a new exhibition featuring selected artwork from more than 45 artists in the East Tennessee region.

    The Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority and the Arts and Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville assembled the exhibition to allow regional artists to compete and display work in one of the most-visited sites in the area.

  • The Garden Gate: It’s apple season all around the world

    By Ellen Probert Williamson
    It is almost automatic to think of apples and cider when the crisp days of fall arrive, but how about pears and perry?

    Perry is pear cider, and very good it is.

    Pears have a venerable history which goes back for about 40 centuries.

    Originating in western Asia and around the Caspian Sea, they have been known for many centuries in Europe for as far back as the Stone Age.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Oct. 19

    25 Years Ago
    A Chattanooga pilot was killed in a plane crash soon after giving a flying lesson out of Rockwood Municipal Airport. The wreckage was discovered on Mount Roosevelt near the airport, about a half-mile off Airport Road. After dropping his student off at the airport, a witness saw the plane circle around over some trees and come back over the airport hangar “real low.”

    10 Years Ago

  • Youth endowment grants available

    East Tennessee Foundation has made major revisions to the application process for Youth Endowment grants.

    A two-phase application process makes it easier for nonprofit organizations to submit proposals which offer solutions to challenges affecting young people in East Tennessee.

    Letters of intent for Youth Endowment grants are now being accepted from youth-serving tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizations or other exempt entities within the foundation’s 25-county service area, which includes Roane County.

  • Baker’s fishing frenzy

    Madison Baker, 11, placed first overall for catching the most fish — 29 — in this year’s Dennis Ferguson Fishing Rodeo for Kids at Roane County Park. She placed first in her age group.