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Community News

  • Rural Mixers raise $2,000 for scholarship

    Roane County Family and Consumer Education’s Rural Mixers Club raised more than $2,000 for the FCE Scholarship Fund during the Christmas Ideas Fair.

    Those who worked the sales table are, front row from left, Madge Jackson, Virginia Pompre, Mattie Mathis; and back row, Debbie Geroia, Dot Russell, Lennie Stansbury, Imogene Deathridge and Judy Murray.

    Not pictured are Ada Thompson, Iona Wyatt and Imogene Owens.

  • Medic blood drives set in March

    Medic Regional Blood Center hopes a pair of upcoming blood drives in Harriman will help supplement the agency’s blood supply.

    A blood drive will be from noon to 6 p.m. March 4 in Harriman Care and Rehabilitation Center at 240 Hannah Road.

    Another is planned from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 12 in Roane Medical Center.

    The community blood provider has seen supplies lower than usual, even for this time of year, said Christi Fightmaster of Medic public relations.

  • Three Rockwood girls tapped for Miss Junior Pre-Teen contest

    Rockwood’s Kayli McNeal, Brittney Miles and Taylor Slaven are among those selected to participate in the 2014 Miss Junior Pre-Teen Knoxville/Chattanooga competition on March 16.

    McNeal and Slaven are students at Ridge View Elementary School. Miles is a freshman at Rockwood High School.

    McNeal is the daughter of Aundria McNeal and Kenny McNeal. Her grandparents are Bobby and Karen Grant, and Kenny McNeal and Lorene Fritts.

    She have five brothers, A.J. McNeal, Grant McNeal, Noah McNeal, Trevin True and Cody True.

  • New handbook discusses senior resources

    The Tennessee Bar Association has released “The Legal Handbook for Tennessee Seniors,” a new resource designed to help Tennesseans better understand federal and state benefits, new health care laws and a wide range of other issues of importance to older citizens.

  • Class for caregivers scheduled

    A free six-week Powerful Tools for Caregivers course will begin March 5 in Mid-East Community Action Agency at 2415 N. Gateway Ave., Suite B, Rockwood.

    The course will meet from 1 to 3:30 p.m. each Wednesday through April 9.

    It will be facilitated by Powerful Tools for Caregivers class leaders Kyra Clements and Amber Jacks.

    Class size is strictly limited, and preregistration is required by contacting Jacks at 354-0450, Ext. 228, or ajacks@mecaa.net.

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

    25 Years Ago
    Harriman Cablevision hoped to give Roane County subscribers their money’s worth. While the company had to raise rates by $4 per month to offset increasing operational costs, it planned to offer eight new cable channels to subscribers. Manager Roger Rule said the channels, based on customers’ requests, included TNT, The Nostalgia Channel, CNN Headline News, Arts and Entertainment, The Weather Channel, Home Shopping Network, VH-1 and MTV. A new premium channel, The Disney Channel, was also available for an extra $6.95 per month.

  • The Garden Gate: What heals you may have once healed Grandpa

    To read a 16th century herbal is a fascinating experience. The unfamiliar spelling, sometimes mysterious turn of phrase, and formal, often ponderous sentences are almost like another language.

    But the descriptions of various plants are as accurate as they are today.

    In ancient times, most medical doctors were really herbalists, and plants provided the basis for most of their remedies.

    A lot of other ingredients were often added, some of them quite weird and often revolting. They ranged from powdered pearls to frog’s eyes.

  • Tick could cause deadly meat allergy

    Lone Star tick bites are likely the cause of thousands of cases of severe red meat allergies that are plaguing people in Southeastern states including Tennessee, North Carolina and Virginia  — and spreading up the Eastern Seaboard along with the deer population.

    Vanderbilt’s Asthma, Sinus and Allergy Program clinic is seeing one or more new cases each week of patients allergic to the alpha-gal sugar present in red meat, according to Dr. Robert Valet, assistant professor of medicine.

  • ‘Death By Chocolate’ rescheduled

     “Death By Chocolate With Dr. Bill Bass,” a Roane State Foundation fundraising chocolate tasting event, has been rescheduled, to 6 p.m. Feb. 20 in the theater on the main campus in Roane County.

    Bass will present tales of forensic anthropology beginning at 7. Tickets are $15 each, $25 per couple or $10 for students and are available from Roane State Foundation or at the door. Call 882-4507 for details.

  • Calfee, Yager invited to talk at breakfast

    The Tennessee General Assembly has been in session since Jan. 14.

    Bills dealing with election laws, Common Core Standards in education, Medicaid expansion, charter schools, Hall Income Tax, and the Affordable Care Act are being considered.

    Oak Ridge League of Women Voters’ Breakfast with the Legislators provides a forum to get to know key decision makers and to ask questions on issues moving forward in state government.