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  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Nov. 17

    25 Years Ago
    After Harriman’s John “Peanut” Hill performed his “drunk act” on an unsuspecting Jerry Reed, the country music star and actor was so impressed that he told Hill that he would put Hill in one of his shows. Hill didn’t think much of it until he received a call and landed a part in Reed’s movie, “What Comes Around.” The movie opened at the Princess Theater in Harriman with much fanfare, with Hill arriving at the premiere in a limousine and receiving the key to the city.

  • Avoid the Gala auction rush by placing a virtual early bid

    The Roane Alliance’s annual fundraising Gala will have hundreds of auction items up for bid for the hundreds of attendees at the always-popular Hollywood-themed event on Nov. 19.

    For those who cannot attend, The Alliance is offering something new — virtual early bidding for Alliance supporters.

  • Commodity foods to be distributed Dec. 15-17 in area

    Mid-East Community Action Agency will have its quarterly distribution of USDA commodity foods next month.

    The schedule is:

    • Kingston Community Center, from 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 15.

    • Mount Pisgah Baptist Church, Oliver Springs, from 2 to 3 p.m. Dec. 15.

    • Harriman Community Center, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 16.

    • Rockwood National Guard Armory, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 17.

  • Show Volunteer spirit in the Battle of Orange, Blue blood drive

    Roane Countians have three area opportunities to show their true Volunteer spirit by giving blood during Medic Regional Blood Center’s annual Battle of the Orange and Blue blood drive competition starting today, Monday.

    The annual event pits fans of the University of Tennessee Vols against fans of the University of Kentucky Wildcats; the side collecting the most blood donations for the week is the winner.  

    The competition runs Nov. 15-19, and things kick off with two blood drive in Roane County from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. today.

  • Things You Should Know

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  • State treasurer to speak in Oak Ridge

    Tennessee State Treasurer David Lillard will speak at the Nov. 16 Lunch with the League, a twice-monthly event of the Oak Ridge League of Women Voters.

    The luncheon at Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church, 1500 Oak Ridge Turnpike, begins at 11:45 a.m. Lunch is available on a first-come, first-served basis for $6.

    The program starts at noon.

    Lillard was elected state treasurer in January 2009.

    He is an attorney who earned a Master of Laws in Taxation from the University of Florida in 1983.

  • Ride the rails on Thanksgiving weekend

    Southern Appalachia Railway Museum has the answer for what to do after Thanksgiving.

    The Secret City Scenic Excursion Train will run on Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 26-27.

    The train rolls through the East Tennessee countryside in enclosed and heated coaches that used to carry travelers over 60 years ago.

    The train also includes a former Railway Express baggage car where passengers can purchase popcorn, candy, beverages and railroad souvenirs.

  • Nov. 16 birthday party to honor seniors

    Mid-East Community Action Agency’s senior services department will have a senior birthday party on Nov. 16.

    The party, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the agency’s offices at 1362 N. Gateway Ave., Rockwood, is for anyone in Roane County age 60 and older whose birthday is in October, November or December.

    Call the agency at 354-0450, Ext. 228, to register or for details.

  • MILITARY MATTERS: Brice M. Mayton

    U.S. Air Force Airman Brice M. Mayton recently graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

    A 2010 graduate of Harriman High School, he is the son of Vance Gordon and Freda Mayton of Harriman.

    The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

  • Roane Rockers to Race Against Cancer Sunday

    Roane Medical Center’s “Roane Rockers” will run and walk again in the annual Buddy’s Race Against Cancer on Nov. 14.

    “The Buddy’s Race Against Cancer is a great opportunity for us to give to a cause that has touched so many people,” said Tricia Aycock, Roane Rockers team captain.

    The Roane Rockers have set a fundraising goal of $6,000 and are working toward that goal through team member contributions and internal fundraising at the hospital for employee donations.