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Today's News

  • Noisy November on tap

    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.  

  • Arrests

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.

    Oct. 25 — Amber Kay Barrett, 29, 420 Rockwood St., Rockwood: two counts violation of probation . Total bond $6,000; court date Dec. 12.

    • Carissa Dawn Burke, 32, 115 Ponderosa Drive, Kingston: violation of probation . Bond $2,000; court date Oct. 31.

    • Nancy Dean Johnson, 64, driving on suspended license. Bond $2,500; court date Nov. 21.

  • Driver safety classes available

    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.

  • Salvation Army looking for bell ringers

    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.

  • The Garden Gate: Is yarrow a weed? Or might it be more?

    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.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Nov. 2

    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

  • MILITARY MATTERS: Cameron T. Jones

    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.

  • Giving Mom and Dad a taste of freedom
  • New security for Kingston parks
  • Raiders looking to pressure opponents

    Roane State Community College’s men’s basketball team can generate offense with its defense, and that’s good news for head coach Randy Nesbit.

    “That makes the coach’s job a lot easier,” Nesbit said.