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  • Decline a shirt, feed 9

    ’Tis the season to be giving, and Medic Regional Blood Center has a way to double good deeds when stopping by any blood drive this month.

    Medic is known for the free T-shirts it gives to donors, but those giving blood this month can help the hungry by declining the offer.

    “If a donor decides to decline the T-shirt, Medic will make a donation — value of the t-shirt — to Second Harvest Food Bank,” said Medic spokeswoman Christi Fightmaster.

  • Harriman Tour of Homes marks its 20th year of holiday tradition

    Harriman’s Cornstalk Heights Historical Community Organization welcomes the public to help celebrate the holiday season by touring some of the homes and businesses in The Town That Temperance Built.  

    The Tour of Homes celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, and the public is welcome to help commemorate the special occasion that has become a Christmas tradition in Roane County.

    The two-day tour will be from noon to 6 p.m. Dec. 11 and from 1 to 6 p.m. Dec. 12.

  • Busy weekend for Babahatchie
  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Dec. 1

    25 Years Ago
    Harrell’s IGA in Kingston and Harriman advertised T-bone steaks for $2.59 per pound; red grapes for 59 cents per pound; ground beef for 99 cents per pound; large eggs for 59 cents per dozen; 42-ounce Tide detergent for $1.69; a 10-pound bag of Idaho potatoes for $1.49; and 2-percent milk for $1.69 per gallon.

    10 Years Ago

  • Prices dropped on Rockwood paver bricks to honor area vets

    Rockwood 2000 is offering area veterans a discount on engraved paver bricks for Memory Lane, an ongoing project  in the city’s Homecoming Park at West Rockwood Street and Front Avenue.

    The paver bricks are an excellent way to honor those who have fought for the peace and safety of this country, said project Chairman Maurice Greif.

    “All will be placed in a group in the Memory Lane,” he added.

  • Ride in antique auto a wish come true for Kingston’s Whittenbarger

    Inspired by the movie, “The Bucket List,” a Kingston woman has made a similar list of interesting things she hopes to see or do during her lifetime.

    With the help of Rex Walls of Harriman, Wendy Whittenbarger recently marked off one of the items: a ride in an antique car.

    At 40, Whittenbarger has many years ahead to realize her list, but she was eager to get started. While cerebral palsy has limited her from some things, she has an adventurous spirit and is always eager to learn and experience something new.

  • Harriman makes plans for 22nd TubaChristmas

    The Babahatchie Community Band will present Harriman’s 21st annual Merry TubaChristmas concert at 11:45 a.m. Dec. 4 in Harriman High School’s James M. Williamson Auditorium.

    Registration begins at 9:30 a.m., with rehearsal at 10.

    The tuba/euphonium choir under the direction of Sande MacMorran will perform carols and songs of Christmas.

    Tuba/sousaphone and euphonium/baritone players of all degrees of ability are welcome to participate in this event.  

  • DOE to test sirens on Wednesday

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s public warning siren system will be tested Dec. 1 in areas surrounding the department’s Oak Ridge Reservation.

    The sirens will be tested between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. People in these areas during the test will hear a siren for 3-5 minutes.

    The sirens are near East Tennessee Technology Park, Y-12 National Security Complex and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

  • League of Women Voters session set

    David Gregory, vice chancellor for the Office of Administration and Facilities Development, Tennessee Board of Regents, will be the guest speaker for Oak Ridge League of Women Voters’ Lunch With the League on Dec. 7 in Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church at 1500 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

    Lunch begins at 11:45 a.m. and is available on a first-come, first-served basis for $6. The program starts at noon.

    Gregory will discuss ways to improve the completion rate of students at Tennessee institutions of higher learning.

  • Blood drives planned at high schools

    Volunteer fans fell short in this year’s Battle of the Orange and Blue, a friendly competitive blood drive that helps stock supplies in Tennessee and Kentucky.

    This year’s loss to the Kentucky Wildcats ends a seven-year winning streak for Tennessee fans in the Medic Regional Blood Center competition, said Christi Fightmaster, Medic spokeswoman.

    “The real winners in this friendly competition are the area hospitals that can rest assure they will have adequate inventory heading into the holiday season,” she added.