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  • Give blood for the holidays

    Medic Regional Blood Center is reminding people that the need for blood knows no holiday.  
    The giving is easy, too. A community blood drive is planned from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, at Midway High School on 530 Loudon Hwy. Just look for the Bloodmobile there.
    Medic provides area hospitals with life-saving blood throughout the holiday season when donations tend to drop.  

  • Holidays provide plenty to sneeze at

    The holiday spirit can trigger allergic reactions to live trees and poinsettias, nut brittles, scented candles, dusty decoration boxes and even Santa’s fur-trimmed suit.
    Allergy and asthma sufferers can breathe easier this holiday season by following some tips from a national allergy bureau doctor.
    Getting out the boxes of holiday decorations from years gone by is a time-honored tradition. But in addition to stirring up memories, it also stirs up allergies.

  • Josh Igou insurance office undergoes repairs
  • Students get A’s in giving back

    Kids today.
    Often that pronouncement is made in a negative sense, but many Roane County school students are proving that young people can substantially contribute to their community.
    From collecting wrapping paper for Operation REACH, the charity that helps needy Roane County families buy Christmas gifts, to collecting food and other items for the Roane County Animal Shelter, Roane County young folks have shown they have big hearts.
    Rockwood High School isn’t just where Operation REACH volunteers wrap the presents needy children bought their families.

  • Fleischmann lands spot on important House committee

    Third District Congressman Chuck Fleischmann has been appointed to the House Appropriations Committee for the 113th Congress.
    The appointment means the 3rd District, which includes Roane County, will have some clout on one of the most powerful committees in the House.

  • Teens learn free speech not free of consequences

    First Amendment Center
    “This is going on your permanent record” may be the most time-honored threat to wayward students, but in a digital age, it’s actually true.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: It’s time to revisit Dr. Rywell’s apple stack cake

    Gentle reader, there comes a time when repeating oneself is no longer repetition but instead tradition.
    Thus it is with our annual holiday column about our beloved Tennessee Apple Stack Cake, also known in this area as “Fruit Cake.”
    As we have said many times before, what is being offered in some grocery stores as apple stack cake is not our Tennessee Apple Stack Cake.

  • Police make arrest in Kingston mugging

    Benjamin Clark, a 23-year-old Kingston man, has been arrested for an alleged mugging that occurred Monday outside Angel Nails on North Kentucky Street.
    “He is being booked in right now for aggravated robbery,” Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam said.
    Washam said Clark lived in an apartment building behind the Roane County Jail, so he didn’t have to travel far to get booked. 
    The victim in Monday’s mugging was an 84-year-old woman. Washam said she suffered a concussion and broken elbow.

  • Relief may come to rutted road

    One woman’s persistence over a road problem might pay off.
    Sharon Brown lives in Pioneer Village subdivision south of Rockwood. Month after month, she’s spoken at Roane County Commission meetings about the desperate state of her road.
    The ride is so rough, she said, delivery trucks have quit coming.
    “I don’t want to make nobody mad over there, but also I want something done,” she said. 
    Brown lives on Bournemouth Drive. Deep ruts make traveling the dirt-and-gravel road tricky. 

  • Woman injured in Kingston by fugitive mugger

    The manager of the Little Caesars Pizza in Kingston chased after a mugger Monday afternoon.
    Travis Murray told police he was outside taking a smoke break when a white male ran by him carrying a purse.
    The man allegedly had just mugged a woman at Angel Nails on North Kentucky Street.
    Murray took off after the suspect, but couldn’t catch him.
    Police Chief Jim Washam said the manager lost the suspect around US Bank.