Surrounded by rivers, lakes and streams as we are in this part of Tennessee, it is hard for us to realize how important water — and the oasis it makes possible — is in the arid desert regions of much of the world.
Persia as far back as the seventh century was larger than present-day Iran and included Turkestan and Iraq.
Back then, a part of the Islamic faith was that the garden represented Paradise or heaven.
Water was abundant in this garden, filled with trees for shade from the merciless heat and flowers that would never fade.
In early December, when the Wreaths Across America program put wreaths on graves at Arlington National Cemetery, I flashed back to the ongoing problem of the graves errors at the cemetery: unmarked graves, headstones with no remains, broken urns with scattered remains, graves with more than one person buried in them.
The problems, it was thought at the time, could involve upward of 6,000 graves.
Congress demanded that the Army “provide an accounting” of all the gravesites at Arlington.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol will conduct a sobriety checkpoint from 10 to 11 p.m. Jan. 20 on Hwy. 58 at the new bridge.
Recognizing the danger presented to the public by intoxicated drivers, troopers will concentrate their efforts on vehicles being operated by intoxicated drivers.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol has found these sobriety checkpoints to be an effective means of enforcing DUI laws of Tennessee while ensuring the protection of all motorists.
The seventh annual Soup’s On! for the Kids First Child Advocacy Center of the Ninth Judicial District will be on Jan. 25 in Tellico Village Community Church’s Christian life center.
Lunch and dinner will be served during the event to raise funds for the nonprofit agency that serves severely abused children and their nonoffending family members in Roane, Loudon, Morgan and Meigs counties.
Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door for lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. or dinner from 4:30 to 7 p.m.
25 Years Ago
Harriman City Council unanimously passed a resolution to borrow $3.1 million for a new wastewater treatment facility. The state ordered the city to have a new facility operating by July 1988 in order to meet new clean water regulations. The amount of the Harriman Utility Board sewer rate increases would depend on the price of the bids and how many grants the city could obtain. Initial estimates ranged from 35- to 80-percent rate increases.
By Ellen Probert Williamson
In January the Cree Indians say, “This is the time the world changes, the time when you can be transformed. You are the center fire. You are the flowering tree. The whole of a human’s life is watched by the thunder chiefs. You have a road within you, a turquoise road. Move your spirit on your turquoise road.”
25 Years Ago
Roane County’s first baby of 1987 was Ronald Allen Webb Jr. He was born at 9:26 a.m. Jan. 2 at Chamberlain Memorial Hospital in Rockwood. Ronald is the son of Charlene and Ronald Allen Webb Sr. of Rockwood.