Travelers along Hwy. 58 or Blair Road in Roane County on the first or third Saturday of April may hear a diesel horn echoing through the hills, or see a very visible sign of spring in the vintage passenger train that looks like it rumbled right out of the 1940s.
April is the month when buds on the trees of Poplar Creek Valley start turning green, and the Secret City Scenic Excursion Train starts showing up to take happy passengers through the hardwoods and meadows of the valley.
University of Tennessee Plateau AgResearch and Education Center will have its annual spring heifer and bull sale starting at 9 a.m. March 25 at the center on Hwy. 70 North near Crossville.
The sale will feature high-quality registered open Angus, Gelbvieh, and Balancer heifers as well as registered Angus bulls. All sale animals are from the existing UT herd. Minimum bids per head are required. Registration documentation and performance data are available for review. A list of the cattle to be sold is available online at plateau.tennessee.edu.
25 Years Ago
Kingston attorney Gene Banker launched a personal campaign and introduced a bill before the Tennessee General Assembly. The bill, though changed to a degree, provided for a legal document called a living will.