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Today's Features

  • Kingston City Council member Teresa Nichols and her husband, Jeff, took the Roane County News with them on a recent trip to Denmark.

    The trio stopped by Legoland in Billund, Denmark, for one of the paper’s more fun photos. 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. You may drop off photos at the newspaper office at 204 Franklin St., Kingston, or email to newsroom@roanecounty.com. Happy travels!

  • CONTACT Care Line will have a free training session for those interested in its reassurance program.

    The training will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Nov. 13 in Grace Lutheran Church at 131 W. Gettysburg Ave., Oak Ridge.

    Volunteers may park in the back parking lot of the church and enter through the double-glass doors.

    Those interested in more information may call 865-312-7450 or email office@contact

    carelinetn.org and leave a name and phone number.

  • The University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine has officially opened its new mobile spay/neuter clinic.

    “We look forward to a time when a lack of available locations where people can get their pets spayed and neutered is a thing of the past,” said Karen Walsh, a field program manager with PetSmart Charities Inc.

    The charity made the unit possible with a $260,485 grant.

    The 36-foot unit includes three surgery tables, holding cages and an oxygenizer.

  • Rockwood Ministerial Association will begin accepting applications next week for its annual Christmas Food Basket Program.

    Sign-up periods will be from 10 a.m. to noon weekdays from Nov. 10-21 in the RMA Food Pantry at 223 N. Front Ave.

    Applications will be accepted for families in the Rockwood area.

    Applicants will need to have proper identifica-

    tion and documentation regarding total monthly income.

    More than 300 baskets will be packed beginning at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 19 in Rockwood First Christian Church at 328 W. Rockwood St.

  • Those who have suffered from the negative effects of drug abuse — as well as those who have given thanks that the negative effects of drug abuse haven’t entered into their life — are welcome to join family and friends of Clayton Smith and Roane County Anti-Drug Coalition for a special prayer and balloon release.

    The event will begin at 1 p.m. Nov. 9 at Smith’s gravesite at Oak Ridge Memorial Park. The gravesite is at the bottom left side of the evergreen cross that can be seen from Bethel Valley Road in Oak Ridge.

  • Kingston First Baptist Church will accept applications for Christmas basket assistance for the Kingston and Harriman areas next week.

    Applications will be taken from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 13, as well as from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 14.

    All applications will be accepted in Kingston First Baptist Church at 215 N. Kentucky St.

    Applicants must provide either photo identification or two forms of identification.

    They must also provide proof of address and proof of income.

  • Editor’s note: As Ellen Probert Williams continues her respite, we share one of her classic columns, first published on Nov. 7, 2012.

    There are some interesting legends among various Indian tribes concerning the origins of some of our most popular vegetables.

    One widely held superstitious belief insists that a naked squaw strolling through her garden on a moonlit night dragging her garment behind her would ensure a good crop and would prevent cutworms from destroying the planted vegetables, especially corn.

  • Roane County United Way will have the second of two meetings to share information with the community and potential non-profit partners regarding a new funding model currently being implemented.

    The meeting will begin at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 11 in the United Way office at 2735 Roane State Hwy., Midtown.

    Based on community input, the United Way is now focused on helping more members of the community achieve greater financial stability, additional education and job skills, and healthier lifestyles.

  • The Roane County Veterans Book compiled by Southwest Point Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, Kingston, is with the publishing company.

    The books will be sold to the public, and preorders are now being accepted now.

    Contact Connie Williams at 717-3949 or Barbara Wasilko at 310-4560 for details.

    The finished product is expected to be available for public purchase by January.

    Veterans, families and friends submitted the biographies to preserve the history of Roane County veterans.

  • Tennessee State Parks is offering free state parks day to all Tennessee veterans, offering one free night of camping and/or a complimentary round of golf with appropriate identification on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

    “On Veterans Day, we honor the many brave men and women who have served our country,” Deputy Commissioner Brock Hill said.