Protectors of history deserve help, support

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We are pleased to see that Chancellor Frank V. Williams III is the guest of honor at the Roane County Heritage Commission’s gala to help fund needed repairs at the Old Roane County Courthouse.

Williams and the group of other residents who rallied to save the old building from demolition a few decades ago deserve more credit than they are ever likely to receive.

Not only is the old courthouse of architectural importance, but it also, as the storehouse of important records from the past, is a treasure trove linking us to those who came before.

The gala Saturday evening is a bargain at $50 a person and will help the Roane County Heritage Commission meet the required match it must have to secure state grants to pay for the old building’s structural needs.

It’s not to late to get a ticket to the gala. Call 376-9211 for more information.

And even if you can’t make it, you can still help with the preservation of a building that is the heart of Roane County.

Tax-deductible contributions may be mailed to Roane County Heritage Commission, P.O. Box 738, Kingston, TN 37763.

If you have never been to the old courthouse, make a point to stop by.

Robert Bailey and Darleen Trent, the keepers of the county’s history, are helpful sources, and the museum and other displays are insightful.