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Community News

  • K-25 preservation to be program topic

    The Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association’s next membership and public meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Nov. 14 in Midtown Community Center at 102 Robertsville Road, Oak Ridge.

    Karen Doughty, U.S. Department of Energy Environmental Management, will present a status update of the K-25 historic preservation initiative.

    Doughty is responsible for the project management oversight and will review the status of the project. The request for proposals have been received and are being evaluated. There were nine pre-qualified bidders.

  • Get ready for Battle of Orange, Blue

    It’s time once again to prove the volunteer spirit is alive and well in East Tennessee.

    Medic Regional Blood Center’ 26th annual Battle of the Orange and Blue, a blood drive competition between Tennessee and Kentucky, kicks off Nov. 18.

    This friendly competition pits Vol fans against fans of the Kentucky Wildcats to see which group can bring in the most blood donations over a one-week period.   

  • Eagles help Open Doors

    Fraternal Order of Eagles 3429 President Wes Goss presents a $1,146 check to Steve Johnson of Open Doors Tennessee.

    The money was raised during a University of Tennessee Volunteers tailgate party.

    Open Doors of Tennessee, which is located in Kingston, is committed to providing opportunities, resources, information, programs and support for families of individuals with disabilities and childhood cancer.

  • FSA county committee election now underway

    The mailing of ballots for the 2013 Farm Service Agency county committee elections has begun, with a Dec. 2 deadline to return ballots to the FSA offices.

    “The role and input of our county committee members is more vital than ever at a time when our country faces important choices regarding the funding and operation of our government,” said USDA Farm Service Agency administrator Juan M. Garcia.

  • 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.

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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.