25 Years Ago
Rockwood fire officials were unsure what caused a blaze that destroyed a downtown landmark. The Mourfield Hotel was built in 1897 and neighbored Rockwood First Christian Church on West Rockwood Street. A first-floor resident, Freeman Denney, 79, told authorities he found his apartment on fire after going upstairs to see if frozen pipes had thawed.
Nancy Ray is a patient in Oak Ridge Methodist Medical Center. She has been ill and is now in a room. She is improving. We wish her a speedy recovery. You are in our prayers.
Since Jeff Harris was in Chicago during the celebration of his mother Julia Harris’ birthday, he came home Sunday and joined her in worship service at St. Mary’s Baptist Church. Afterward, he took her out to dinner in Oak Ridge. Julia said just having her son come home meant everything to her.
Southern Appalachia Railway Museum will once again roll out its restored 1920s Pullman dining car for Valentine dinner excursions.
Chef Andras Bartha will prepare four entrée choices for diners on the museum's Valentine dinner trains which give couples an opportunity to experience a romantic setting similar to that experienced during golden age of American rail travel in the 1930s-40s.
Departures are at 6 p.m. Feb. 13-15; and at 5 p.m. Feb. 16.
25 Years Ago
Kingston City Council passed an ordinance calling for a referendum on a city sales tax increase. This action was taken to avoid a possible loss in sales tax revenue if Roane County voters approved an increase in the county levy.
10 Years Ago
Kingston Police Department was preparing to kick off its Neighborhood Watch Program. The first city in the county to initiate the program, police were looking for eyes and ears in the community to watch for anything out of the norm.