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Look Back: A Litte Something From Our Files From the Week of April 8

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By Cheryl Duncan, Assistant Editor

25 Years Ago
Roane State Community College officials were caught offguard by a state bill proposing to oust the college from its Pellissippi Parkway presence at State Technical Institute at Knoxville. The bill, which had yet to be introduced to the Tennessee General Assembly, called for creating an independent community college at Pellissippi, with attentions at that school focused toward students in Knox and Blount counties. Roane State’s service area, according to the bill, would be focused on Roane, Anderson, Campbell and Scott counties, with classes concentrated at the main campus in Roane County and Oak Ridge.

10 Years Ago
Rockwood native Kendall Bear was chosen to take over as general manager of Rockwood Utility Board. Bear, called “the clear choice” by REU board member Darryl Meadows, assumed the duties when Larry Mitchell stepped down. Mitchell continued to serve the utility as an engineer.

Five Years Ago
Harriman Rotary Club marked the completion of its project marking the national organization’s 100th anniversary with the dedication of the Old Indian Spring Nature Trail. The half-mile trail in the Emory Heights area is on roughly 7 acres of land and has around 700 feet of Emory River frontage. About 40 wildflower species have been identified on the trail, which started on a tract that was once set aside for a clubhouse for the Harriman Lions Club.

One Year Ago
Freshman state Rep. Julia Hurley found herself facing three contenders early in the state primary season. In addition to Democrat Jack McNew and independent Allen R. Cole, the Lenoir City Republican was looking at competition from within her own party. Kent Calfee, a former Roane County commissioner, filed to challenge Hurley in the Republican primary.