By Ellen Probert Williamson
As November approaches, remember that the 11th month of the year is known as the Mad month in the American Indian calendar. That’s when anything can happen and usually does.
Our annual Halloween celebration is an offshoot of the ancient pagan festival of Samhain.
On that night, the ancients believed, the spirits of all those who had died during the previous year would come back to haunt those still living.
25 Years Ago
The Federal Highway Administration gave approval to a proposed interstate exchange on Interstate 40 for the Rockwood Municipal Airport. State Rep. Jim Henry, R-Kingston, called the airport “one of the most underused assets we have simply because there has not been good access to the facility.” Approval could mean construction would begin in 1988.
Humor columnist Judy DiGregorio will conduct a workshop on Oct. 29 in the Anderson County United Way office at 161 Robertsville Road, Oak Ridge.
The event, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., is the Tennessee Mountain Writers fall workshop.
Using humorous readings and short writing assignments, DiGregorio will explore the purpose of humor, review the different types and styles of humor, teach participants about what makes people laugh, and identify possible markets for humor writing.
It’s autumn in Tennessee, and the state’s abundant natural resources are beckoning people to the woods — to hunt, hike or enjoy the beauty of fall foliage.
And that means potential exposure to blacklegged ticks, which could be carrying the bacteria that cause Lyme disease.
At the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, ecological researchers are engaged in a four-year National Science Foundation-funded study of ticks and the risks they pose for transmitting several diseases.
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.