By Bonita Irwin • For Roane Newspapers
Alumni of the former Wheat High School and old Roane College, as well as former residents of the former Wheat community, will celebrate 82 years of homecomings at the George Jones Church on Oct. 6.
The service will begin at 11 a.m., with John Stair Jr. bringing the message. A covered-dish dinner will be at noon under the nearby tent.
The community of Wheat, situated near the K-25 Site, was first known as Bald Hill because all of the timber had been cut to construct houses.
25 Years Ago
Thelma Hughes, an employee at Kayser-Roth in Rockwood, was honored for her 45 years of service to the company. She was presented with a certificate by her supervisor, Ronnie Rhea, and a Gatsby wall clock by human resources manager Lygetta Travis and plant manager Ed Foster. Hughes worked in knitting for 33 years and switched over to quality control, the job she held on her milestone anniversary. An avid University of Tennessee Volunteers fan, the Rockwood native and her husband, Edgar Hughes, were the parents of a daughter, Gena Stinnett.
Tradition holds that the ancient Aztec emperor Motecuhzoma was so addicted to “chocoatl,” the sacred beverage made from cocoa beans, that he consumed 50 golden goblets of it a day.
The earliest cocoa trees probably grew in the tropical lowlands of Central America and Mexico. An ancient Toltec myth gives credit to the feathered serpent god Quetzalcoatl for first planting these trees and bringing chocolate, food of the gods, to human beings.
Sincere sympathy to Glenn Hickman and other loved ones in the recent passing of Glenn’s mother, who lived in Asheville, N.C.
She was the wife of the late Rev. Hickman, a former pastor of New Century United Methodist Church. Services are incomplete at this writing.
We express our deepest sympathy to Mary Jane and Kenneth Brown and all family members in the recent passing of their 3-year-old grandson in Memphis.
UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Tennessee is allocating $1 million in grant funding to increase housing options available for Tennesseans who suffer from mental illness.
“Without a place to call home, people who suffer from mental illness can get caught in a pattern of staying in hospitals, shelters and even the criminal justice system,” said Scott A. Bowers, CEO of UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Tennessee.