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.
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.
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 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.
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.