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Today's Features

  • Roane Countians have a chance to bring home a victory for Tennessee in Medic Regional Blood Center’s 24th annual Battle of the Orange and Blue.

    This blood-drive competition between Tennessee and Kentucky to see which fan base can bring in the most blood donations prior to the annual gridiron matchup between the University of Tennessee Volunteers and the University of Kentucky Wildcats.  

    “The battle of Tennessee vs. Kentucky is not just on the football field,” said Vols head football coach Derek Dooley.

  • While many Roane County families are busy with holiday activities, a group of area volunteers is focused on filling empty shoe boxes with school supplies, toys, hygiene items and notes of encouragement for needy kids overseas.

    These families are participating in Operation Christmas Child, and volunteers working at Kingston First Baptist Church’s collection site are looking to collect 800 gifts for needy children this Christmas.

  • The Cornetts gospel group will sing at 1 p.m. Nov. 6 in One Faith Community Church, Rockwood.

    Steve Cornett, Brenda Cornett Braswell and Carol Cornett Hill started their music ministry as children in their father’s church in West Grove, Pa.

    After 19 years apart, they are embarking on a reunion tour.

    They will be available for a “meet and greet” session after Sunday’s concert.

    One Faith Community Church is at 4722 Roane State Hwy. Call 230-7936 for details.

  • Did you know a human scream can travel more that half mile — or that a baby's cry at 115 decibels is louder than a car horn?

    Did you know cats can make 100 different vocal sounds, while dogs only make 10?

    These are a few of the sound-wave factoids that are sprinkled throughout the NOISE! interactive exhibition through December at the American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge.

    Museum visitors can play and experiment with sound-wave physics in a variety of ways in the NOISE! exhibit.  

  • Need to update AARP Driver Safety Program certification?

    Need a refresher course concerning age-related driving issues?

    The AARP Driver Safety Program will be offered in partnership with the Mid-East Community Action Agency at two Roane County sites in November.

    The two-day course will be offered in Rockwood from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 3-4 in Mid-East Community Action Agency offices at 1362 N. Gateway Ave.

  • The Salvation Army is seeking volunteer bell ringers for its annual holiday red-kettle campaign.

    “We do not pay people to ring bells; we rely on volunteers who want to help us help others,” said Marie Ruby of the Roane County Salvation Army. “There are so many people hurting these days, and the demand for our services is greater than ever.”

    Anyone interested in volunteering for the cause may call 882-7711.

  • By Ellen Probert Williamson
    Progress means change, but sometimes, things do seem to go around in circles.

    So many of our more popular culinary herbs were first developed from wild plants or weeds. The list is long and sometimes surprising, since we are constantly being called upon to revise our thoughts concerning what is and is not a weed.

  • 25 Years Ago
    Harriman’s American Legion was on the “endangered species” list. Newman-Davis Post 53 had only 75 members in the 67-year-old organization, compared to 400 in the post-war ‘40s and ‘50s. The American Legion War Memorial Building, built in the early ‘50s, was suffering, too. Several parts of the building needed repairs and replacements, including the roof.

    10 Years Ago

  • U.S. Army Pvt. Cameron T. Jones recently graduated from basic combat training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla.

    A 2011 graduate of Roane County High School, he is the son of Janie Hickman, and grandson of Kathleen Wiseman, both of Kingston.

    During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission and received instruction and training exercises in drill and ceremonies.

  • Kingston Lions Club has designated Nov. 6-12 as White Cane Days in Kingston.

    White Cane Days is an effort to collect funds to support many eye-related projects of the District of Lionism.  These projects include the Lions East Tennessee Eye Center, Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, Lions Volunteer Industries for the Blind and similar endeavors.

    Lions Club members will be at Harriman Kroger from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 9 and from 2 to 6 p.m. Nov. 11.

    A roadblock is planned for Nov. 12 in downtown Kingston.