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Today's Features

  • Humor columnist Judy DiGregorio will conduct a workshop on Oct. 29 in the Anderson County United Way office at 161 Robertsville Road, Oak Ridge.

    The event, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., is the Tennessee Mountain Writers fall workshop.

    Using humorous readings and short writing assignments, DiGregorio will explore the purpose of humor, review the different types and styles of humor, teach participants about what makes people laugh, and identify possible markets for humor writing.

  • It’s autumn in Tennessee, and the state’s abundant natural resources are beckoning people to the woods — to hunt, hike or enjoy the beauty of fall foliage.

    And that means potential exposure to blacklegged ticks, which could be carrying the bacteria that cause Lyme disease.

    At the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, ecological researchers are engaged in a four-year National Science Foundation-funded study of ticks and the risks they pose for transmitting several diseases.

  • Roane County lawmakers, state Sen. Ken Yager, R-Harriman, and state Rep. Julia Hurley, R-Lenoir City, said last week the bridge over Clinch River on Hwy. 70 has been named the Thomas W. Pickel Jr. Bridge in honor of one of Roane County's distinguished citizens.

    The bridge was named in honor of Pickel through an amendment sponsored by Yager to the “Omnibus Transportation Bill” passed during the 2011 legislative session.

  • The inaugural Roane County Anti-Drug Coalition Cruisin’ to Prevent Substance Abuse Car and Motorcycle Show will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 29 at Roane County Park.

    Entry fee is $20 each.

    Trophies will be awarded for Best of Show, Best Cruiser Cycle, Best GM, Best Unfinished, Best Mopar, Best Rat Rod, Best Import, Best Ford, Best Street Rod and Best Motorcycle.

    Trophies will also be given to the top 25 cars.

    The People’s Choice trophy will be awarded to the highest bidder at $1 per vote.

  • Youngsters at The Henry Center show their Volunteer Spirit by recently wearing the University of Tennessee’s trademark orange and white.

    Their Vols spirit earned them a special place online: on football coach Derek Dooley’s professional sports page.

  • By Andy Jones, For Roane Newspapers

    The Abston Garage, built by Tom Abston sometime not long after 1915, has been a fixture on the Oliver Springs landscape for close to a century now.

    Built on the property that was once owned by the Wiley family, the brick structure was laid by masons Johnny Cox and John McNamara. Abston, a master mechanic, was responsible for running the electric plant in town that operated on a subscription basis, with the monthly charge being based on how many light bulbs were used in one’s home or business.

  • Monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income benefits for more than 60 million Americans will increase 3.6 percent in 2012.

    The 3.6 percent cost-of-living adjustment will begin with benefits that nearly 55 million Social Security beneficiaries receive in January 2012.

    Increased payments to more than 8 million SSI beneficiaries will begin on Dec. 30.

    Some other changes that take effect in January of each year are based on the increase in average wages.

  • Almost 15 area bands are scheduled to participate in Battle of the Bands, a family event planned for Oct. 30 at Harriman Riverfront Park.

    The event will start at 3 p.m. There’s still time for bands to register to participate. Email radicalregeneration@yahoo.com or call 882-5802 for details.

    Other family fun planned by Courts of Praise Church include bounce houses, cotton candy, hot dogs, drinks, prizes, face painting, games and the playground. All activities are free.

  • Altaf Naseem, a Christian missionary who works to spread the words and love of Jesus Christ in the predominantly Muslim nation of Pakistan, will share insights into his work during a presentation on Oct. 23 in Morrison Hill Christian Church, Kingston.

    The presentation will begin at 6 p.m. in the church at 106 Morrison Hill Circle.

  • Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church parishioners, from left, Joan DeGroff, Mary Jo Hooker and Mariann D’Alessandro are among the Council of Church Women members gearing up for their annual fall bazaar.

    The bazaar will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 22 in the church hall at 535 Margrave Drive, Harriman.

    Attic treasures, holiday crafts, home-baked goods, plants and a silent auction are among the attractions. Lunch will be available.