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Today's Features

  • Native Americans for uncounted generations have enjoyed the first wild plants of spring foraging.

    Although the dandelion was first introduced from Europe, many Indian tribes quickly learned to enjoy eating it.

    Dandelions may be eaten in salads or cooked like spinach, which minimizes the slightly bitter taste. (The Iroquois preferred it boiled with meat.)

    Deer love dandelion leaves, and pheasants and grouse like the seeds.

  • Mr. and Mrs. James L. Byerly Sr. will be honored for their 60th wedding anniversary with a reception from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 19, in the atrium of Kingston First Baptist Church, where they are members.

    The public is invited to attend the reception. The couple requests no gifts.

    Byerly and the former Virginia Louise Harbin were married on March 17, 1951, at her parents’ house, with the Rev. Bruce Dozier officiating.

    He is retired from Orgill Brothers Inc. in Knoxville, and she is retired from K-25 in Oak Ridge.

  • Editor’s note: The Roane County News publishes reunions each Monday. Reunion notices should be submitted no later than 3 p.m. Thursday to appear in the following Monday paper.

     

  • The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children is working to improve the health of low-income women and children in the face of challenges such as childhood obesity and increases in chronic disease.

    WIC’s food package now offers a wider variety of
    nutritious foods that are lower in fat, higher in fiber and more culturally appropriate.

    “The improved WIC food package follows the Diet-

  • Kingston Mayor Troy Beets was unanimously elected treasurer of the board of directors for the East Tennessee Development District and the East Tennessee Human Resource Agency.

    Beets was elected to the office during the agencies’ annual business meetings and luncheon on March 8 in Rothchild Catering and Conference Center.   

    He will begin serving his term on July 1.

  • April 1 is the deadline to obtain Non-insured Crop Disaster Assistance coverage on pasture for the crop year 2011.

    Timely purchased coverage is a requirement to participate in the Livestock Forage Disaster Program if Roane County is approved for payments.

    Other disaster programs require all crops of significance to have either crop insurance or NAP coverage.

    Contact the Roane/Loudon Farm Service Agency at 424 N. Kentucky St., Kingston, or call 376-2392, Option 2 for details.

  • The National League of Junior Cotillions, a program of etiquette, character education and social dance training for middle and junior high school students, plans to establish its national program in Roane County.
     “We will be selecting a director for a local chapter who will receive complete training and an exclusive territory for expansion,” said Elizabeth Anne Winters, National League of Junior Cotillions national director.
    The organization has directors operating hundreds of chapters in 34 states.

  • Travelers along Hwy. 58 or Blair Road in Roane County on the first or third Saturday of April may hear a diesel horn echoing through the hills, or see a very visible sign of spring in the vintage passenger train that looks like it rumbled right out of the 1940s.
    April is the month when buds on the trees of Poplar Creek Valley start turning green, and the Secret City Scenic Excursion Train starts showing up to take happy passengers through the hardwoods and meadows of the valley.

  • The 16th annual Harriman Ministerial Association weekly Lenten services will start on March 16 in Harriman United Methodist Church.

    These services began in 1996, when the Rev. Alton Johnson of Harriman United Methodist Church suggested that the church cooperate with the Harriman Ministerial Association to expand their annual Lenten services.  

    Since then, the Lenten services have been an opportunity for Christians to join together for worship and fellowship as they prepare for Easter celebra-
    tions.  

  • By Ellen Probert Williamson