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  • United Way accepting applications from agencies for emergency food, shelter funds

    Roane County has been awarded $22,357 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program.

    Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for the funds must contact the Roane County United Way at 882-7711 for an application.

    The application deadline is at 4 p.m. Nov. 4.

    Due to the quick turn-around required by the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program, no extensions can be permitted for the application deadline.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Oct. 30

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  • The Garden Gate: Don't forget your Halloween chives

    Chives were promoted as a cure for melancholy during the Middle Ages. They were believed to drive away evil spirits, and for this reason, they were promoted very strongly at Halloween as a protection and safeguard against demons and ghosts.

  • Military Jeep memorial to be dedicated

    A U.S. Military Jeep memorial will be dedicated next month to Tri-County Chapter 26 of Disabled American Veterans.

    The dedication will begin at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 5 at the DAV headquarters at 530 Kingston Ave., Oliver Springs.

    The Jeep is similar to one driven by Oliver Springs native Fred White, who served as Gen. George S. Patton’s driver during World War II.

    The dedication is in  memory of White and in honor of all U.S. veterans who have served.

  • Dispose of unused prescription meds on Take-Back Day

    National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day – when thousands of pounds of unused and potentially addictive medications and other substances are removed from homes around the United States – will be  on Oct. 26.

    The aim of the event is to help reduce the number of teens and adults who are abusing prescription medicines.

    The event is held twice each year and helps raise awareness of the permanent prescription-drug-disposal boxes that have been established around the nation.

  • Preservation conference set Nov. 7-9

    East Tennessee Preservation Alliance and Knox Heritage will host the fifth annual East Tennessee Preservation Conference on Nov. 7-9 in Maryville.

    The theme, The Power of Place. guides the schedule by offering activities and sessions that prompt participants to celebrate and capitalize on East Tennessee’s authentic places.

    Across East Tennessee, communities are positioning their cultural assets as amenities for residents and visitors, which create a richer, more desirable place.

  • Carmichael school group meeting set

    Julia H. Daniel will give a report on “Echoes of Emancipation: One Region, Many Voices” during the next Mayme Carmichael School Organization Inc. regular monthly meeting.

    The meeting will start at 6 p.m. Oct. 29 in Oliver Springs Municipal Services Annex Building at 906  E. Tri County Blvd.

    Daniel attended the “Echoes of Emancipation: One Region, Many Voices” conference on Oct. 4-5 at Tusculum College, Greeneville.

  • Military Matters: Cameron D. Gaines

    U.S. Navy Sailor Cameron D. Gaines graduated last month from the Naval Training Center at Great Lakes, Ill.

    Son of Sonya Beasley and Allen Gaines of Kingston, he was Master at Arms for Division 357.

    Gaines is attending “A” School at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Fla.

    He is a 2013 graduate of Sweetwater High School.

  • Military Matters: Nolan Wright

    U.S. Marine Corps Pvt. Nolan Wright graduated on Oct. 11 from Marine Corps Recruit Training Depot, Parris Island, S.C.

    Wright graduated with 1st Battalion, Platoon 1078, and he received the sharpshooter badge.

    The private is the son of Jeff Wright of Kingston and Tonia Smith of Harriman.

    He has a sister, Morgan, and a brother, Kaden.

    Grandparents are Evelyn and Ervin Burress and Brenda and Ronnie Wright.

  • Military Matters: Darren A. Owenby

    U.S. Army Cadet Darren A. Owenby recently graduated from the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps Leader’s Training Course at Fort Knox, Ky.

    The cadet, a 2008 graduate of Harriman High School, is the son of Darrell Owenby of Harriman and Cheri Owenby of Johnson City.

    He is a student at East Tennessee State University, Johnson City.

    The four-week course is a leadership internship that can lead to becoming an Army officer.