By Ellen Probert Williamson
Many are the legends about palm trees.
One says that Jesus commanded a palm tree to bend down so that He could pick dates for His mother, and that He promised in return to bless it, and that when He entered Jerusalem in triumph it would be with a palm branch in His hand as the people cried Hosannah.
Tradition in some countries still says the palm tree — not the apple nor the fig — was the tree of knowledge in the Garden of Eden. And a palm tree is depicted in the state seal of South Carolina.
25 Years Ago
Under discussion at the Homecoming ‘86 meeting was the idea of planting an avenue of dogwoods or azaleas, or both, on highway medians approaching Harriman. An attractive welcome to visitors and residents, it would be a memorial to citizens of the past; an honorarium to those of the present; and a hope and legacy to those of the future.
Roane County Master Gardeners’ sixth annual plant sale will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 23 at Ladd Landing, Kingston.
This is a public opportunity to obtain plants, knowledge and information from volunteers trained through the Tennessee Master Gardener program of Roane County and the University of Tennessee Extension.
Perennials, annuals, house plants, shrubs, grasses, vines, herbs, trees, vegetables and yard art will be available.
Roane County Clerk Barbara Anthony is in the midst of celebrating “Show Us Your Heart Tennessee” in April’s observance of National Donate Life Month.
National Donate Life Month is a time to raise public awareness about organ donation and the increasing gap between the number of people whose lives depend upon receiving a transplant and the number of available organs.
Starting today, April 8, the town of Oliver Springs will begin accepting glass, plastic, paper and aluminum cans for recycling.
Items will be taken for recycling at a mobile unit across from Oliver Springs Public Library. Hours are from 2 to 6 p.m.
“Only about one-tenth of the garbage generated in this country actually gets recycled every year, when in reality over half of it can be recycled into new products,” said David Bolling, Oliver Springs town administrator.
Roane County Relay for Life will honor area cancer survivors this weekend with a reception on the main campus of Roane State Community College.
Cancer survivors and a guest are welcome to attend the reception at 1 p.m. April 10 in Room O-105 at Roane State. During the reception, they will receive tickets to the Roane State Playmakers’ 2 p.m. production of “The Diviners.”
Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP to Kathy Parks at 354-3366 by April 7.