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Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of April 3

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By Cheryl Duncan, Assistant Editor

25 Years Ago
More on the fast-food front: A new Taco Bell — the first for Roane County — was scheduled to open soon on Harriman’s Hwy. 27. A joint venture between Bill Seiber and Mack Wolcott, the restaurant was projected to employ 35-40 people. Wolcott was in Taco Bell management training in Knoxville and Atlanta in anticipation of managing the restaurant, due to open in July in a new, modern-style building designed specifically for the company. Only Farragut and Morristown restaurants had the modern design at that time.

10 Years Ago

Five candidates tossed their hats in the ring for three seats on Rockwood City Council. They were military veteran Michael Boles; Dudley Evans, an accomplished gospel singer and media personality; incumbent Randy Kirby, a Roane County sheriff’s deputy; former council member Glen Long; and Jane Wiseman, whose husband, Jack Wiseman, was a former council member.

Five Years Ago
A bit of Harriman City Charter trivia dropped at a workshop led to the city council playing a grand April Fool’s prank on Mayor Chris Mason. Council traditionally meets the first Tuesday of each month. When Harriman City Council member J.D. Sampson mentioned the charter indicates the meeting actually should be on the first Tuesday after the first Monday, his fellow city leaders hatched a prank for the absent mayor. At the meeting — on April 1, of course — the council members filed out of the room under allegations of an illegal meeting, with City Attorney Harold Balcom declaring lack of a quorum. The fleeing officials returned moments later, declaring, “April Fool’s!” to the surprised mayor.

One Year Ago
It was the burger beef heard ’round the world — a Rockwood woman twice called 911 to complain that her fast-food hamburger “tasted funny.” According to reports, she told authorities she had first called the restaurant to complain. A representative from the restaurant, she said, had said her money would be refunded. Problems of the palate are no police matter, however, and she was taken into custody for misuse of the 911 system. The story was quickly scooped up by national and international media and made its way to newspaper pages regaling offbeat news and became a big discussion point on numerous Internet sites.