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Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of April 25

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By Mary Jo Hooker

25 Years Ago
Shannon Summer Calloway of Kingston was the 1987 Roane County Poster child for the March of Dimes. The 4-year-old with a perpetual smile is fed through a tube in her stomach and can’t sit up or roll over on her own, although she tries. She was diagnosed with water on the brain and cerebral palsy and has motor skills of a 6- or 7-month old. Her mother, Lisa, thinks Shannon is intelligent.  “Maybe the Lord gave her to me as a gift,” Lisa said.

10 Years Ago
Harriman City Council was in a quandary on whether to raise taxes to pay for a new fire truck or do nothing and have residents and businesses pay about 5 percent more on property insurance. A fire management consultant said the city ran the risk of losing its ISO rating of 5 if it didn’t replace its 1973-model snorkel truck, which was out of service and unfixable. City Council had to consider both the financial side and safety side.

Five Years Ago
A massive concrete cylinder at the TVA Fossil Plant at Kingston loomed against the horizon. Part of the plant’s scrubber project, all emissions from the nine-unit power plant will be released from one of two lines inside the stack. The $500-million asset will eliminate 98 percent of the plant’s sulfur dioxide emissions. The system was expected to be fully functional in 2010.

One Year Ago
County Notables: Roane County Commissioners passed a resolution honoring the former commissioner James “Dub” Harmon for giving 22 years of service. One of the welcoming faces in the “front office” of the Roane County News, Becky Frederick, retired. After almost 36 years of service and at age 72, Frederick decided “it was time.” And last, but not least, Kingston Elementary School third-grader MyKenzie Price raised more than $1,200 for Relay for Life, easily surpassing her original goal of $100. The 8-year old was very close to her great-grandfather, who died after fighting cancer for four years. While walking the Lenoir City Relay, her “pa paw” was foremost on her mind.