The name “tea” comes from the Dutch rendering of the Chinese name for this plant. In the 18th century, when tea was newly introduced into England and was all the rage, the tea plant and the gathering of tea leaves was often depicted on tea caddies gracing every lady’s tea table.
Tea has a venerable history — and a quite romantic one. It is an evergreen shrub, thasinensis, a native of China and India. It has also been grown in Ceylon, Nepal, Japan, Java and Africa for many centuries.
25 Years Ago
Oliver Springs Town Council adopted an ordinance permitting beer sales on Sunday within the city limits, except between 3 a.m. and noon. This came about due to annexation of a property which included a business that had an Anderson County beer license. This action allowed all businesses to be treated fairly.
10 Years Ago
Roane County Amateur Radio Club will demonstrate their emergency communications capabilities this weekend during a special event June 23-24 at Fort Southwest Point pavilion, Kingston.
These individuals, known as ham radio operations, will join with other amateur radio operators across the country for this annual Field Day, a culmination of Amateur Radio Week sponsored by American Radio Relay League, the national association for amateur radio.
U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee said he would vote to uphold a new federal clean air rule “because healthier air means better jobs for Tennesseans — every one of Tennessee’s major metropolitan areas is struggling to meet standards that govern whether industries can acquire the air quality permits to locate here.”
25 Years Ago
Ron Coleman became Roane County’s first black elected official when he won his bid for one of three seats on Harriman City Council. Coleman, the top vote-getter in the council race, was named the city’s vice mayor. He said he believes his successful bid for public office was a step in the right direction — that people are trying to change things and start working together and judging people more on their personality than whether they are black or white.