25 Years Ago
The unemployment rate in Roane County dipped 0.5 percent in April to 7.2 percent. The state’s estimated jobless rate also dropped 0.5 percent to 7.8 percent, the lowest April rate since 1980.
A new smart phone application from TVA provides real time information about TVA lakes.
The app, initially available to iPhone users, offers lake elevations, water release schedules, yearly operating guides and Google-based maps.
Available for free at the iPhone App Store, the app gives lake enthusiasts access to TVA reservoir information from anywhere using Wi-Fi or the user’s cellular network. The app will also work on the iPod Touch and the iPad.
By Ellen Probert Williamson
Summer gardens are so often a blaze of color — even at the very beginning of summer, when everything seems to come to flower at once — that the lovely big towering stalks of yucca seem to strike a cooling note with their white cascades of blossom.
Yuccas have many aliases derived from the various countries where they may be found. These include Spanish bayonet, desert candle, Adam’s needle, manihot and Cassavasor manioc.
25 Years Ago
Kingston’s Don Colyer and Earl “Lucky” Leasure built an exact replica of the old Roane County Courthouse as it would have looked in the 1850s. The half-inch scale model was something Colyer wanted people to remember the old courthouse by. Funded by the Roane County Heritage Commission, it took over a year to complete.
Since 2006, when purple was chosen as the “awareness color” for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, Tennessee has played its part in “lighting the way” to promote a better understanding of abuse and neglect of elderly and vulnerable adults.
Rockwood 2000 members, from left, Sue Hill, Mary Kau, Molly Rogers and Sue McCutcheon install and plant one of 15 “trough planters” as one of the organization’s beautification projects in the city’s downtown area.
Rockwood 2000 is also working on additional landscaping projects on Gateway Avenue.