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  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of March 16

    25 Years Ago
    Crude oil prices were down, but Roane Countians didn’t think gas prices went down quickly enough at area stations. Steve Kirkham, executive vice president of Harriman Oil Co., said contributing factors that affect gas prices are delivery location, overhead, volume and increased insurance premiums.

    10 Years Ago
    Walmart celebrated the grand opening of its Supercenter in Rockwood. The 184,501-square-foot store employed about 400 people.

    Five Years Ago

  • 13-year cicadas tuning up for Tennessee debut

    Sometime this spring, when soil temperatures reach about 67 degrees at a depth of 4 inches, large numbers — millions — of cicadas are expected to emerge from the soils of more than one-third of the state’s 95 counties.

    The greatest population concentrations are expected to be in Middle Tennessee.

    Though Roane County is not one of the high-target areas predicted by University of Tennessee Extension, high populations are anticipated for surrounding counties, including Loudon, Meigs, Monroe and McMinn.

  • Go indoors for this year’s Home, Garden Show

    The Roane County Chamber of Commerce’s fifth annual Home and Garden Show will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 26 in Roane State Expo Center.

    The date will give vendors more time to get their 2011 ideas and products out earlier than in the past shows.

    The indoors venue will give all who attend a “weather-proof” outing to see the many offerings at the show.  

  • The Garden Gate: Some weeds are dandy food, and that's no lyin'

    Native Americans for uncounted generations have enjoyed the first wild plants of spring foraging.

    Although the dandelion was first introduced from Europe, many Indian tribes quickly learned to enjoy eating it.

    Dandelions may be eaten in salads or cooked like spinach, which minimizes the slightly bitter taste. (The Iroquois preferred it boiled with meat.)

    Deer love dandelion leaves, and pheasants and grouse like the seeds.

  • Reunions

    Editor’s note: The Roane County News publishes reunions each Monday. Reunion notices should be submitted no later than 3 p.m. Thursday to appear in the following Monday paper.

     

  • WIC program gets new look

    The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children is working to improve the health of low-income women and children in the face of challenges such as childhood obesity and increases in chronic disease.

    WIC’s food package now offers a wider variety of
    nutritious foods that are lower in fat, higher in fiber and more culturally appropriate.

    “The improved WIC food package follows the Diet-

  • Kingston mayor elected treasurer of ETDD, ETHRA

    Kingston Mayor Troy Beets was unanimously elected treasurer of the board of directors for the East Tennessee Development District and the East Tennessee Human Resource Agency.

    Beets was elected to the office during the agencies’ annual business meetings and luncheon on March 8 in Rothchild Catering and Conference Center.   

    He will begin serving his term on July 1.

  • Pasture coverage deadline set

    April 1 is the deadline to obtain Non-insured Crop Disaster Assistance coverage on pasture for the crop year 2011.

    Timely purchased coverage is a requirement to participate in the Livestock Forage Disaster Program if Roane County is approved for payments.

    Other disaster programs require all crops of significance to have either crop insurance or NAP coverage.

    Contact the Roane/Loudon Farm Service Agency at 424 N. Kentucky St., Kingston, or call 376-2392, Option 2 for details.

  • Cotillion expanding into Roane

    The National League of Junior Cotillions, a program of etiquette, character education and social dance training for middle and junior high school students, plans to establish its national program in Roane County.
     “We will be selecting a director for a local chapter who will receive complete training and an exclusive territory for expansion,” said Elizabeth Anne Winters, National League of Junior Cotillions national director.
    The organization has directors operating hundreds of chapters in 34 states.

  • Spring’s the time to catch a train

    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.