Roane County 4-H, Kingston Police and Fire Departments, Kingston Explorers, state Rep. Julia Hurley, Harry Wampler of Wampler’s Farm and Elm Hill and Sharon Pinner of Hands of Mercy rest during a recent successful springtime food drive and fun event for Hands of Mercy’s food pantry.
Two truckloads of canned goods were collected, and more than 400 people participated and were given a free hot-dog lunch, courtesy of Wampler’s Farm Sausage.
A petting zoo and face painting were also part of the attractions.
25 Years Ago
A one-night occupant of a cell in the Rockwood Safety Department was not incarcerated, but just passing through. V.A. Kelly, 72, of Illinois, was about two months into his walk around the world. He usually spent his nights in jails or firehouses. A widower, Kelley hoped to meet people, visit family and explore his great-grandfather’s birthplace. But his biggest goal was to try and locate prisoners of war and soldiers listed as missing in action. He guessed his journey would take five years, more or less.
Robin Vaughan of Harriman has begun a yearlong term of service in the AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America program.
She is Court Appointed Special Advocates of the Ninth Judicial District during her term.
AmeriCorps VISTA is the national service program designed specifically to fight poverty. Founded as Volunteers in Service to America in 1965 and incorporated into the AmeriCorps network of programs in 1993, VISTA has been on the front lines in the fight against poverty in America for more than 40 years.
Roane County’s Caring Hearts sewing group recently donated 210 quilts to three charities: Knoxville’s Lost Sheep Ministry, which takes care of the homeless; Lenoir City’s Iva's Place, a charity for abused women; and a Roane County group which caters to the needy. Anyone interested in joining the group or donating supplies may call 376-0867.Materials used for quilts include denim fabric or clothes, flannel shirts or sheets, polyester fabric or clothes, cotton sheets (good or stained), thin blankets and mattress pads.
25 Years Ago
A letter-writing campaign was launched to convince Food Lion to locate a multi-million-dollar distribution center here. Sponsored by the Roane County Chamber of Commerce, elementary school children were to provide 6,000 of 10,000 letters the Chamber hoped to deliver to Food Lion headquarters in North Carolina to tell them “we want them, we need them ... come on down,” things that don’t show up on technical and demographic studies of the area.