Roane County lawmakers, state Sen. Ken Yager, R-Harriman, and state Rep. Julia Hurley, R-Lenoir City, said last week the bridge over Clinch River on Hwy. 70 has been named the Thomas W. Pickel Jr. Bridge in honor of one of Roane County's distinguished citizens.
The bridge was named in honor of Pickel through an amendment sponsored by Yager to the “Omnibus Transportation Bill” passed during the 2011 legislative session.
The Abston Garage, built by Tom Abston sometime not long after 1915, has been a fixture on the Oliver Springs landscape for close to a century now.
Built on the property that was once owned by the Wiley family, the brick structure was laid by masons Johnny Cox and John McNamara. Abston, a master mechanic, was responsible for running the electric plant in town that operated on a subscription basis, with the monthly charge being based on how many light bulbs were used in one’s home or business.
“Suspended License,” a photograph by Travis Watson of Kingston, is among the artwork to be featured at Arts in the Airport, a new exhibition featuring selected artwork from more than 45 artists in the East Tennessee region.
The Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority and the Arts and Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville assembled the exhibition to allow regional artists to compete and display work in one of the most-visited sites in the area.
25 Years Ago
A Chattanooga pilot was killed in a plane crash soon after giving a flying lesson out of Rockwood Municipal Airport. The wreckage was discovered on Mount Roosevelt near the airport, about a half-mile off Airport Road. After dropping his student off at the airport, a witness saw the plane circle around over some trees and come back over the airport hangar “real low.”
East Tennessee Foundation has made major revisions to the application process for Youth Endowment grants.
A two-phase application process makes it easier for nonprofit organizations to submit proposals which offer solutions to challenges affecting young people in East Tennessee.
Letters of intent for Youth Endowment grants are now being accepted from youth-serving tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizations or other exempt entities within the foundation’s 25-county service area, which includes Roane County.