By Josephine McKinney, Community correspondent
I want to go back in time to the days of Santa Claus, the big man in a red suit. And how it was when we lived on the farm and walked three miles to the little three room school house in Swan Pond community — no swans, no pond — but for some unknown reason that was what it was called.
25 Years Ago
A harmless-looking hole appeared in the back parking lot of Rockwood High School. It was later determined to be about a 28-foot-deep drop that some joked “carries boats to the Lost Sea.” Water Department Superintendent Curtis Early was willing to bet the hole was an ore mine. “We’ve filled these up all over town,” he said.
Anyone interested in Roane State Community College’s Advanced Materials Training and Education Center — a no-cost, high-tech training program for those who are unemployed or underemployed — is welcome to attend an upcoming informational meeting at the college’s Oak Ridge cam-pus.
The meeting will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 28 in Room C-119 of the Oak Ridge campus at 701 Briarcliff Ave.
The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security Driver Services Division, including the office in Rockwood, is participating in special February promotions to raise public awareness about organ and tissue donation.
“The Department of Safety and Homeland Security encourages Tennesseans to give the gift of life by joining the state’s organ and tissue donor registry while applying for or renewing a driver license,” said Tennessee Deputy Commissioner of Driver Services Lori Bullard.
By Ellen Probert Williamson, Columnist In a world preoccupied with wars, disasters and violence, it is hardly surprising that we are concerned with security and defense in our private lives and feel a kinship with our medieval ancestors who built fortified castles and forts and surround themselves with moats, palisades and armed defenders.
This trend pervades so much of our present thinking that it is not surprising, and perhaps only to be expected, that even the garden comes into its share. Defensive gardening is a new thing.
25 Years Ago
The long history of the Oliver Springs calaboose came to an end when Board of Aldermen decided to abandon the steel-bar jail cells and convert the space to a concrete “holding tank.” The calaboose, or jail cell, was built shortly after the town was incorporated and is replete with stories and memories. Former occupants swear it was a deterrent to crime because anyone held there resolved to never repeat his one experience.