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  • 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.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Nov. 2

    25 Years Ago
    Harriman’s American Legion was on the “endangered species” list. Newman-Davis Post 53 had only 75 members in the 67-year-old organization, compared to 400 in the post-war ‘40s and ‘50s. The American Legion War Memorial Building, built in the early ‘50s, was suffering, too. Several parts of the building needed repairs and replacements, including the roof.

    10 Years Ago

  • MILITARY MATTERS: Cameron T. Jones

    U.S. Army Pvt. Cameron T. Jones recently graduated from basic combat training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla.

    A 2011 graduate of Roane County High School, he is the son of Janie Hickman, and grandson of Kathleen Wiseman, both of Kingston.

    During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission and received instruction and training exercises in drill and ceremonies.

  • Reading Foundation awards $50 bond

    Edward A.G. Thompson, a 13-month-old Kingston boy, and his mother, Amanda, were the winners of a $50 U.S. Savings Bond awarded by the Children's Reading Foundation of the Tennessee Valley.

    The bond was awarded during the Kingston Country Fair.

    “This may be the start of Edward's college fund,” said Allen Lutz, board member for the Reading Foundation.

    Sixty-two children were entered into the drawing for the savings bond.

  • Good food, holiday themes in store during FCE’s Christmas Ideas Fair

    Have a home-cooked meal and get some fun decorating and gift ideas during the annual Christmas Ideas Fair.

    The event of the Family and Community Education Clubs of Roane County will be Nov. 3-4 in Kingston Community Center.

    Thursday hours are from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Hours on Friday will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Breakfast and lunch will be available both days, with dinner available on Thursday until 6:30 p.m.

    Homemade goodies, sales table and a silent auction are among the attractions.

  • The Garden Gate: Is the madness ready to begin?

    By Ellen Probert Williamson
    As November approaches, remember that the 11th month of the year is known as the Mad month in the American Indian calendar. That’s when anything can happen and usually does.

    Our annual Halloween celebration is an offshoot of the ancient pagan festival of Samhain.

    On that night, the ancients believed, the spirits of all those who had died during the previous year would come back to haunt those still living.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Oct. 26

    25 Years Ago
    The Federal Highway Administration gave approval to a proposed interstate exchange on Interstate 40 for the Rockwood Municipal Airport. State Rep. Jim Henry, R-Kingston, called the airport “one of the most underused assets we have simply because there has not been good access to the facility.” Approval could mean construction would begin in 1988.

    10 Years Ago