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  • Look-alike contests on again

    Start gathering your family photos for this year’s Roane County News mother-daughter and father-son look-alike contests.
    Once again, Roane County News will be giving out $100 worth of gift  cards for each contest.
    The winning look-alike mother and daughter will each receive a $50 gift card.
    The same goes for the winning father and son.
    Entrants can submit pictures that show the family similarities at any age. Photos might be infant shots of the mother and daughter, or current shots of the adult and child — together or separate.

  • Looseleaf Laureate by Terri Likens: One way to write your own creation story

    My boyfriend Derek’s parents live on a golf course in Western Kentucky, where they maintain a lovely landscape.
    Reid, Derek’s father, was trying to establish a flowering vine at the base of an accent boulder near the property line.
    An industrious man, Reid was at the big rock regularly, watering, fertilizing, weeding and working to get the vine to grow — but with little success.

  • Overall crime down, according TBI report

    The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation on Thursday released the “Crime in Tennessee 2011” report which showed a 1.7% decrease in overall crimes reported in Tennessee in 2011 compared with 2010. This is third year in a row that reported offenses decreased when compared with the previous year.

  • ORNL research on glycine blurs boundaries

    The boundary between electronics and biology is blurring with the first detection by researchers at Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory of ferroelectric properties in an amino acid called glycine.
    A multi-institutional research team led by Andrei Kholkin of the University of Aveiro, Portugal, used a combination of experiments and modeling to identify and explain the presence of ferroelectricity, a property where materials switch their polarization when an electric field is applied, in the simplest known amino acid—glycine.

  • Remembering fallen officers

    The Fallen Officers Memorial at the Roane County Sheriff’s Office was dedicated earlier this month. Pictured from left are FOP president Shane Trew, Lynda Carter, Sheriff Jack Stockton, Tim Hawny and Daryl Cook.

  • Credit report errors

    While credit reports typically provide a complete and accurate look at credit history and tell a potential creditor how likely someone is to repay them, errors on credit reports can cost consumers.

    Misreported late payments and accounts that aren’t yours can affect the interest rate you pay when borrowing money and can, in some cases, prevent you from getting credit.

  • Quiz-show learning program helps students build life skills

    Some Harriman High School students got a dose of budget management with a dash of entertainment at Roane State Community College gym Thursday morning.

    More than 50 juniors and seniors involved in the PLAN (Prepare, Learn and Navigate) program at Harriman High participated in “The Game of Life,” styled in a game-show Q&A format.

    It featured activities such as pulling every single tissue, one by one, out of the box in under a minute.

  • Retiring hospital administrator Gann surprised

    Jim Gann, the longtime administrator at Roane Medical Center, received a pleasant surprise at this month’s Roane County Commission meeting.

    “I was told I was coming here to pass a Roane Alliance budget,” he said.
    That was just a ruse to get him there.

    The real purpose for Gann being at the meeting was to be honored by the commission for his years of service to the hospital.

    A resolution was read in his honor.

  • Slain man’s mother shares pain

    Pat Brown has a vivid memory of May 11, 2006.

    She was about to pick a bouquet of roses for a neighbor when something caught her attention.

    “I had a scanner in my bedroom,” Brown recalled. “I wasn’t paying a lot of mind to it. Then all of a sudden, the scanner just started going crazy with all this noise.”

    The commotion had to do with an officer-involved shooting on Barnard Narrows Road.

  • Midway High knows how to grow them

    Midway High School Future Farmers of America chapter is selling flower and vegetable plants.

    Agricultural education teacher Whitney Moore and her students were working diligently in the greenhouse right next to the school last week to be ready.

    “They’ve done all this, so they’re really proud of it,” Moore said as her greenhouse management students watered, sorted and inspected flower, vegetable, pepper and tomato plants.