25 Years Ago
Shortly after moving to the area, Fred and Anne Walker of Kingston noticed candy canes hanging from a tall cedar tree between the Kingston and Lawnville exits of Interstate 40. When they didn’t see it the next year, they decided to decorate the tree themselves. Why do they do it? For the motorists – to make people smile, especially people far from home at Christmas. Friends and neighbors have been encouraging, and “no one has said we couldn’t do it.”
Members of the Roane County Disc Golf Club flank Roane County Parks and Recreation Director Tony Brown, front at right, who accepts a $320 check from the group from the summer’s Tuesday-night tournaments played at Roane County Park.
On hand for the presentation are, from left, Victor Poole, Mike Devuono, Kelly Jenkins, Chris Irish, Jack Elliot, Robby Jones, Brown, Fred Wederland, Gary Buell, Dylan Parrish and Darren Settles.
By Ellen Probert Williamson
Evergreen and holly wreaths are everywhere during the holiday season, but all kinds of wreaths adorn our houses the rest of the year.
They include wreaths of grapevine, straw, dried flowers and herbs, ribbon bows and lace ruffles. Even such unlikely materials as pretzels and macaroni make their appearance, not to mention straw hats wreathed with blossoms and ribbons.
One wonders whether the residents of all those houses realize what an ancient tradition they are following.
The East Tennessee Preservation Alliance welcomes Roane Countians to submit nominations of the county’s endangered historic places or structures to be included in the 2012 East Tennessee’s Endangered Heritage list.
Nominations are accepted from Roane, Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Claiborne, Cocke, Grainger, Hamblen, Jefferson, Knox, Loudon, Monroe, Morgan, Scott, Sevier and Union counties until Jan. 11, 2012.
25 Years Ago
Roane County Board of Education members voted to use career ladder money to offset the expense of a driver’s education course. A $50 course fee and money sent from the state specifically for driver’s education should cover the cost of the course, which was scheduled to begin the following month.