By the time the United States of America declared its independence from the British Empire, John Adams and some of his contemporaries called for fireworks to celebrate the occasion, and we have been doing likewise ever since.
No one knows with certainty just when or where fireworks came into being. Most historians believe they were invented in ancient China in about the second century B.C., at the time of discovery of gunpowder.
Road construction won’t slow motorists across Tennessee over the Fourth of July holiday.
The Tennessee Department of Transportation will suspend all construction-related lane closures on interstates and state routes beginning at 6 a.m. July 3 through 6 a.m. July 8 to provide maximum roadway capacity for holiday travelers.
The nomination period is open for Farm Service Agency county committees.
“I encourage all eligible farmers and ranchers to participate in this year's county committee elections by nominating candidates by the Aug. 1 deadline,” said U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.
“County committees are a vital link between the farm community and the U.S. Department of Agriculture and provide an opportunity to farmers and ranchers for their opinions and ideas to be heard,” he added.
It’s vacation time — and while the Roane County News staff is hard at work producing the newspaper, a recent issue hit the road to Paris, where it poses at the Eiffel Tower with, from left, Barbara Feezell, Marie and David Swenson and Linda Mitchell.
The four — and the newspaper —were on a 15-day, seven-country European tour when they paused for a photo opportunity.