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Today's News

  • Altrusa Club opens grant cycle

    The Altrusa Club of Oak Ridge Foundation and Breakfast Rotary Club of Oak Ridge Foundation are once again seeking applications for grants for projects, programs, and activities that foster literacy in Oak Ridge, and Anderson and Roane Counties during 2018.

    Applications may be requested by emailing Lunch4LiteracyGrants@gmail.com.

    The deadline for electronic submission is Wednesday, Dec. 6.

    Selections and notifications will be made by Feb. 1, 2018, and the period of performance ends Dec. 31, 2018.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: With this show, would you give 5¢ to see a circus?

    Gentle reader, those of you who know our old friend William A. Newcomb know that he is a veritable wellspring of pithy sayings and stinging commentaries. One such that we have heard him utter, which we think particularly apropos at this time, is one which he has made when observing a particularly peculiar or outrageous happening, which is: “Why, I wouldn’t pay a nickel to see a circus!” with the implication that the happening is beyond anything one would see under the Big Top.

  • Out to Lunch: Go wild for the fare at Wild Plum Tea Room

    It’s that time of the year when we get to enjoy the beautiful changing colors of the leaves in our area, and particularly in the Smoky Mountains.

    My wife Carol, and I, decided to invite some long-time friends to join us for this “Out To Lunch” adventure in Gatlinburg.

    Going with us on this adventure were Jimmy and Luci Bell; plus Cliff and Sue Nunley. We’ve known them for over 35 years, and readers may remember they have been included in previous “Out To Lunch” articles.

  • GUEST column: Apply for ACA coverage today

    The deadline is approaching — don’t delay!

    Open enrollment for 2018 Affordable Care Act Marketplace health insurance (some call it Obamacare) began Nov. 1 and ends Dec 15.

    Fewer than 40 days remain for enrollment since the federal site, healthcare.gov, closes on Sundays — and we’ll all be busy on Thanksgiving. Many don’t know.

    If you or someone you know needs affordable health insurance for 2018, then the Affordable Care Act in Roane County has plans offered by BlueCross BlueShield.

  • GLIMPSES: Early 1900s reflection of today

    By MARK BANKER

    A rare point of consensus in our polarized times is the notion that “those who fail to learn history’s lessons are doomed to repeat them.”

    Yet, as ongoing debates about the Second Amendment and the Civil War reveal, we disagree vehemently about history’s lessons. That is the subject for a future column.

    Today I redirect attention to a typically overlooked era and insights it might offer for our own.

  • Kingston Public Library offers technology class

    Kingston Public Library will have a free technology class beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, in the library at 1004 Bradford Way.

    Personnel will be available to assist and answer questions about using smart phones, tablets, iPads, Kindles or specific software.

    Those attending are asked to bring their device to the class; anyone with computer questions may use one of the laptops available at the library.

    The class is open to all skill levels. Call 376-9905 for details.

  • Lady Devils showcase skills

    By Taylor Crombie

    newsroom@roanecounty.com

    The young Harriman Blue Devils took the court at Sunbright High School on Saturday for their first live game action in scrimmages against Jellico and Monterey.

    “I was really pleased with our younger girls,” Harriman head coach Dallas Davis said. “We played a lot of freshmen and sophomores today. I’ve got two seniors and a junior on this team, the rest of them are freshmen and sophomores.”

  • Homestand ends with split

    The Harriman Lady Devils and Blue Devils middle school basketball team played their third home game in four days. The Lady Devils were able to take advantage of the home court advantage winning all three of their games with a 23-13 victory over Fort Loudoun Middle School on Thursday night.

    The boy’s team dropped their contest on the night by a score of 36- 26 to the Braves.

  • CMS faces Cedar Bluff in hoops contest

    Cherokee Middle’s Karli Pettit dribbles with determination as the Cedar Bluff defender tries to close in during Thursday evening’s game. Pettit and the Lady Jackets won, 34-16.

    Cherokee boys’ basketball player Jayden Dryman puts on a burst of speed to get around the defender during Thursday’s game with Cedar Bluff. The Yellow Jackets lost, 42-23.

  • O.S. girls and boys sweep Rockwood

    By Melissa Coley

    newsroom@roanecounty.com

    A 42-point performance by Rockwood’s Jaiden Hannibal was not enough to silence the Bobcats as Oliver Springs Middle School beat the Rockwood boys by a score of 59-54.

    The Bobcats had their own star performance from eighth-grader Landon Galyon who had a double double, scoring 25 points, grabbing 13 rebounds and stole the ball 8 times.