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Community News

  • Coats for the Cold to be distributed

    Distribution for the 19th annual Coats for the Cold campaign will begin at 1 p.m. Nov. 10 at Rockwood Walmart Supercenter.

    Coats collected for the campaign will be distributed at no cost to those in need of warm winter wear.

    Roane County Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson began the effort as state representative.

    “Roane County is always really good at coming out and helping those in need,” Ferguson said.

    “Nothing is better than keeping somebody warm,” he added.

  • Medicare 101 slated Nov. 21

    A free “Medicare 101” presentation will begin at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 21 in Kingston Public Library at 1004 Bradford Way.

    “If you are aging into Medicare, thinking about retiring, or just have questions this session is for you,” said Amber Jacks, senior services director for Mid-East Community Action Agency.

  • Spaghetti dinner to help out Operation REACH

    State Rep. Kent Calfee will have a benefit spaghetti dinner for Operation REACH from 5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 12 in Kingston Community Center.

    All proceeds from the dinner and a 7 p.m. dessert auction will be donated to Operation REACH, a charitable organization that enables children in need to go Christmas shopping every holiday season.

    This year’s shopping spree is Dec. 13-14.

    Cost is $5 per person, with ages younger than 6 eating free, and includes salad, spaghetti, bread and drink.
     

  • The Garden Gate: Is the popular apple part of your daily diet?

    It is truly amazing what a little research about a single species of bird can turn up.

    Take the chickadee, for instance. Edward Howe Forbush, an ornithologist in Massachusetts, set out to make his apple orchard especially attractive to chickadees during the winter to find out what they liked to eat. He offered them various things but found they preferred to forage.

    He discovered the eggs of caterpillars, cankerworms and some other enemies of trees were their favorites. A single bird would eat more than 250 eggs at a single meal.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Nov. 6

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  • Roane Choral to start season with holiday concert

    Roane Choral Society will perform a holiday concert at 3 p.m. Nov. 17 in South Harriman Baptist Church.

    “Four Carol Cantatas,” containing four suites of traditional carols arranged by Robert Russell Bennett, will be presented.

    The music includes favorites such as “How Far Is It To Bethlehem,” “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” “Wassail Song,” and “O Holy Night.”

    Members of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra will provide accompaniment.

  • AARP driver safety course today, Thursday

    An eight-hour AARP driver safety class in Roane County that starts today offers area senior citizens a refresher course on driving and an update on rules of the road.

    The two-day course will be from noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 6-7 in Roane County United Way at 2735 Roane State Hwy., Midtown.

    Course participants will be taught to adjust to age-related physical changes; reduce incidents of violations and accidents; and update driving skills and rules of the road in a stress-free environment.

  • Avoid Black Friday crowds by hitting the rails

    Southern Appalachia Railway Museum has scheduled one-hour Secret City excursion rides on Thanksgiving weekend.

    The narrated one-hour excursion trips will depart at
    11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. Nov. 29-30.

    Ticket prices are $19 for adults and $15 for ages 3-12; children younger than 3 may sit on a parent’s lap and ride for free.

    A short narrative will be given describing the historic Manhattan Project and the railroad that served it.

  • Military Matters: Matthew S. Brown

    U.S. Army Pfc. Matthew S. Brown recently graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

    Son of Danny Brown of Oliver Springs, he is a 1999 graduate of Clinton High School.

    Brown earned an associate’s degree in 2001 from Roane State Community College, Oak Ridge.

    During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values and physical fitness.

  • On vacation with the Roane County News ... to Jekyll Island, Ga.

    The Roane County News poses with Elaine Patterson of Harriman in front of the newly opened Jekyll Island Convention Center.

    Patterson said the Georgia island is “my favorite beach vacation spot” and is halfway between Savannah, Ga., and Jacksonville, Fla.

    Planning a vacation? Take your Roane County News along and pose with it to be included in an upcoming issue.

    Be sure to tell us where you — and the News — traveled for a break and photo.