25 Years Ago
Harriman Cablevision hoped to give Roane County subscribers their money’s worth. While the company had to raise rates by $4 per month to offset increasing operational costs, it planned to offer eight new cable channels to subscribers. Manager Roger Rule said the channels, based on customers’ requests, included TNT, The Nostalgia Channel, CNN Headline News, Arts and Entertainment, The Weather Channel, Home Shopping Network, VH-1 and MTV. A new premium channel, The Disney Channel, was also available for an extra $6.95 per month.
Lone Star tick bites are likely the cause of thousands of cases of severe red meat allergies that are plaguing people in Southeastern states including Tennessee, North Carolina and Virginia — and spreading up the Eastern Seaboard along with the deer population.
Vanderbilt’s Asthma, Sinus and Allergy Program clinic is seeing one or more new cases each week of patients allergic to the alpha-gal sugar present in red meat, according to Dr. Robert Valet, assistant professor of medicine.
“Death By Chocolate With Dr. Bill Bass,” a Roane State Foundation fundraising chocolate tasting event, has been rescheduled, to 6 p.m. Feb. 20 in the theater on the main campus in Roane County.
Bass will present tales of forensic anthropology beginning at 7. Tickets are $15 each, $25 per couple or $10 for students and are available from Roane State Foundation or at the door. Call 882-4507 for details.
25 Years Ago
Charles and Nancy Lee of Rockwood’s Charles Lee Chevrolet-Oldsmobile-Chrysler put forth funding for a new Roane County Chamber of Commerce award. The Athena Award will be presented annually to an outstanding businesswoman who has excelled in business or promoted women in business exceptionally well.” Recipients will be awarded a smaller version of a statuette that was to remain in the Chamber’s office lobby.
Snow and ice add their own touches of beauty to a winter garden.
We have had more snow and ice in recent weeks than we want to cope with, creating driving perils, canceled appointments and high heating bills. But as ice and snow melt, they add many nutrients to the soil. Those nutrients will help fertilize a summer garden to come.
Harvesting ice is still a wintertime industry in some of the most northern states. There, the whine of power saws can be heard over frozen lakes, where they cut 14-inch-thick cubes of ice.
MONDAY, FEB. 17
• Harriman Industrial Development Board will meet at 6 p.m. in Harriman Municipal Office Complex.
TUESDAY, FEB. 18
• Rockwood Library Board will meet in regular monthly session at 3:45 p.m. in Rockwood Public Library at 117 N. Front Ave.
• Harriman Housing Authority Boad will meet at 5 p.m. in the conference room of the Authority office on Sewanee Street.
• Rockwood Electric Utility Board will meet in regular monthly session at 5:30 p.m. in Rockwood City Hall.
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MONDAY, FEB. 17