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.
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.
Sincere sympathy is extended to the family of James Ed Bazel, who recently passed away.
Memorial services were for him last Monday at Kyker Funeral Home. The Rev. Robert Hale officiated.
James was the son of the late Carrie Bel Bazel.
Kortney Sanders and his brother Cameron from Chattanooga spent their fall breaks with their grandparents, Jill and Keith Johnson.
Christian Sanders spent two days with Carolyn and Herbert Griffin. Christian is 2 years old and the son of Richard and Lindsay Sanders of Knoxville.
The Roane County News joined Tom Martin and his granddaughters, from left, sisters Cassidy Martin Adkisson, Skylar Martin and Karly Martin for a trip to the Southwest for breathtaking views at the Grand Canyon in Arizona.
The family followed Interstate 40 through Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Arizona to reach their destination on a vacation planned to coincide with Skylar’s fall break from Rockwood High School.