Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of April 24

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By Cheryl Duncan, Assistant Editor

25 Years Ago
Walnut Hill Elementary third-grader Sara Haun’s artwork was chosen for two billboards representing Roane Clean Community Systems. “A Beautiful Roane is a Real Pick-Me-Up!” declared the billboards in Harriman and Rockwood. Haun won the privilege of having her artwork so prominently displayed in a poster contest conducted by the anti-litter group.

10 Years Ago
Beloved Bowers Elementary teacher JoBelle Masters decided to call it a career after 43 years in education. “I didn’t want to be a first-grade teacher when I started, because that is such an important time in a child’s scholastic career,” said Masters from the room of the Harriman school she had occupied since the 1960s. “My first year I had 37 first-graders, and I fell in love. It was like making a cake from scratch and having it turn out beautifully.”

Five Years Ago
Hip-hop music enthusiast Travis Harmon took his passion for music a step further by using it as a tool for spreading the word of God. Harmon, a youth minister at Big Emory Baptist Church, was a member of ShadowFacts, a Christian hip-hop group dedicated to spreading the gospel. The music allows them to spread the message where other people might not go.

One Year Ago
The community mourned the passing of John Henry, 34-year-old namesake of The Henry Center. Son of Jim Henry, Tennessee Commissioner of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, and his wife, Pat, Henry had received services through the Michael Dunn Center, which operates The Henry Center. The Henry family has long been involved with many aspects of the Michael Dunn Center. The child-care facility was to be named in the family’s honor when it opened in 1989, but “Pat and Jim wanted it to be dedicated to John instead of just the family,” said Vickie Hix, vice president of children’s services at The Henry Center.