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Today's News

  • FSA county committee election now underway

    The mailing of ballots for the 2013 Farm Service Agency county committee elections has begun, with a Dec. 2 deadline to return ballots to the FSA offices.

    “The role and input of our county committee members is more vital than ever at a time when our country faces important choices regarding the funding and operation of our government,” said USDA Farm Service Agency administrator Juan M. Garcia.

  • Coats for the Cold to be distributed

    Distribution for the 19th annual Coats for the Cold campaign will begin at 1 p.m. Nov. 10 at Rockwood Walmart Supercenter.

    Coats collected for the campaign will be distributed at no cost to those in need of warm winter wear.

    Roane County Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson began the effort as state representative.

    “Roane County is always really good at coming out and helping those in need,” Ferguson said.

    “Nothing is better than keeping somebody warm,” he added.

  • Medicare 101 slated Nov. 21

    A free “Medicare 101” presentation will begin at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 21 in Kingston Public Library at 1004 Bradford Way.

    “If you are aging into Medicare, thinking about retiring, or just have questions this session is for you,” said Amber Jacks, senior services director for Mid-East Community Action Agency.

  • Spaghetti dinner to help out Operation REACH

    State Rep. Kent Calfee will have a benefit spaghetti dinner for Operation REACH from 5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 12 in Kingston Community Center.

    All proceeds from the dinner and a 7 p.m. dessert auction will be donated to Operation REACH, a charitable organization that enables children in need to go Christmas shopping every holiday season.

    This year’s shopping spree is Dec. 13-14.

    Cost is $5 per person, with ages younger than 6 eating free, and includes salad, spaghetti, bread and drink.
     

  • Rockwood BPW to meet

    Rockwood Business and Professional Women will meet at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 19 in Victorian Square at 214 S. Chamberlain Ave.

    Tennessee Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder will be the guest speaker.

    Dinner is $10 each; reservations are required by Nov. 8 and may be made by calling Gladys at Victorian Square at 354-1133.
     

  • $5,000 grand prize offered in patriotic essay competition

    Roane County public and homeschooled students in grades 7-12 are welcome to enter an Americanism-patriotism essay contest offered as part of the Kids on the Rise program of Crossville Fleet Reserve Branch 294.

    “The Bill of Rights and Me” is the topic of the essay, which is part of a National Fleet Reserve Association contest offering a $5,000 grand prize.

    The Crossville branch will present a minimum $50 grand prize for each grade winner.

    Entries should be postmarked no later than Dec. 1 for judging on the branch level.

  • Midtown students Pink Out in support of breast cancer awareness

    Midtown Elementary School students and faculty show support for breast cancer awareness with a recent Pink Out, during which they wore pink and formed the breast-cancer awareness pink ribbon on the playground.

    The event was a way for the Healthy School team leaders to involve the students and faculty to remind their loved ones of the importance of receiving an annual mammogram and to remind the community to get involved and take a stand against breast cancer.

  • Clayton’s Lesson prayer, balloon release set Nov. 10

    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. 10 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.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: GOP doesn’t grasp economics, and never will

    Many of the Republicans who are so overwrought on the issue of the national deficit and resulting national debt claim that this is a moral issue.

    In other words, to function on deficit spending and accumulating debt is an immoral activity.

    To some of them it is a sin, bordering on being a crime.

  • New Rockwood armory a priority

    Rockwood might be getting a new National Guard Armory building in the next few years.

    Maj. Gen. Terry M. “Max” Haston, Tennessee’s 75th Adjutant General, came to tour properties in Rockwood last week.

    He also stopped in to talk to Rockwood Civitan Club.

    “It is a lengthy process, but this is the first step toward that,” said state Sen. Ken Yager. “It will take us a few years, but we are going to have an armory.”