25 Years Ago
Local and state officials were on hand for the ribbon-cutting ceremony and dedication of the bridge at Center’s Ferry. The bridge cost more than $3 million to build and replaced one of the state’s last and largest running ferries. Once the state completed the work, the bridge became the responsibility of the Roane County Highway Department.
Avery Trace Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution recently had its annual genealogy workshop.
Materials were given to each individual attending, and genealogy experts Shirley Smith and Marcia Pickel discussed resources for researching family history. Among them was the recently released 1940 U.S. Census records.
The Rev. Steve Womack delivered the word of God Sunday for the Easter sunrise service. There was congregational singing led by Preacher Robert Hall. This service was well attended. Afterward, we all enjoyed a delicious breakfast.
Marvin and Anna Anderson spent a few days in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Marvin played baseball with his senior team. Anna enjoyed the beach and making new friends. This weekend, Marvin and his bowling team are in Chattanooga.
When the tornado hit Cumberland County, we were told to go to the big basement room with 8-foot concrete walls.
That’s what we did. I was just about to put on my nightgown. No, they said, forget the gowns, so that’s what I did, but I was surprised at the folks who came in their night clothes. One man had short shorts on and several hadn’t got ready for bed yet.
Roane County 4-H, Kingston Police and Fire Departments, Kingston Explorers, state Rep. Julia Hurley, Harry Wampler of Wampler’s Farm and Elm Hill and Sharon Pinner of Hands of Mercy rest during a recent successful springtime food drive and fun event for Hands of Mercy’s food pantry.
Two truckloads of canned goods were collected, and more than 400 people participated and were given a free hot-dog lunch, courtesy of Wampler’s Farm Sausage.
A petting zoo and face painting were also part of the attractions.
25 Years Ago
A one-night occupant of a cell in the Rockwood Safety Department was not incarcerated, but just passing through. V.A. Kelly, 72, of Illinois, was about two months into his walk around the world. He usually spent his nights in jails or firehouses. A widower, Kelley hoped to meet people, visit family and explore his great-grandfather’s birthplace. But his biggest goal was to try and locate prisoners of war and soldiers listed as missing in action. He guessed his journey would take five years, more or less.