25 Years Ago
Property tax bills were about a month and a half late in being mailed out due to Roane County’s reappraisal process. An estimated $200,000 that would normally have been deposited was yet to be collected. To keep the county from operating in a deficit, $300,000 was transferred from the general-purpose fund on a tax anticipation note, to be repaid with interest.
Merry TubaChristmas is celebrating its 38th anniversary. Created by Harvey Phillips, Merry Tuba Christmas 2011 concerts will be presented in more than 250 cities throughout the United States and in several foreign countries.
Phillips was inspired to create Tuba Christmas as an annual event honoring his teacher, the late tubist William J. Bell, who was born on Christmas Day in 1902.
Every Christmas season, tuba and euphonium players of all ages gather to pay respects to Bell and all the great artists and teachers who represent their heritage.
By Ellen Probert Williamson
One of the oldest living species of plants in the world is the gingko tree, which has flourished unchanged for nearly 200 million years, when dinosaurs roamed the Earth during the Mezozoic period. For this reason it is often referred to as a living fossil.
Botanists researching the ancient evolution of plants through their fossil remains have discovered gingko trees were to be found in many parts of the world in prehistoric