By Ellen Probert Williamson
With this year’s Fourth of July fresh in our memories, it is intriguing to know of the great controversy which developed when a national bird to symbolize American characteristics was being chosen soon after the original Independence Day.
Many patriotic citizens voted for the great wild turkey, which was far more common to colonials than the more rare bald eagle.
25 Years Ago
Four Harriman women treated Betty Dunn, wife of former governor and gubernatorial hopeful, Winfield Dunn, to a “morning call” during Dunn’s visit to Roane County. Margo Ahler, Gina Alexander, Lynn Cunningham and Nancy Newcomb initiated the call as a resurrection of a social institution that flourished during the Civil War period. Its purpose is to honor out-of-town dignitaries and house guests.
Program funds offered through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program and Community Services Block Grants for rent and mortgage assistance will now be awarded annually to coincide with the federal fiscal year.
Mid-East Community Action Agency, which administers the programs in Roane County, will award the funds based on a fiscal year that starts Oct. 1. Previously, the fiscal year began July 1. That means individuals who were served between July 1, 2010, and the end of June will have to wait until Oct. 1 to reapply.
Roane County producers are reminded to submit their annual report of acreage to the Roane/Loudon USDA Farm Service Agency office to meet program eligibility requirements.
“Producers must file their reports accurately and timely for all crops and land uses, including prevented and failed acreage, to ensure they receive the maximum FSA program benefits possible,” said Roane/Loudon FSA Director Nancy H. Brackett.
The deadline is July 15 for most spring-seeded crops.