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Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of April 4

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By Mary Jo Hooker

25 Years Ago
A letter-writing campaign was launched to convince Food Lion to locate a multi-million-dollar distribution center here. Sponsored by the Roane County Chamber of Commerce, elementary school children were to provide 6,000 of 10,000 letters the Chamber hoped to deliver to Food Lion headquarters in North Carolina to tell them “we want them, we need them ... come on down,” things that don’t show up on technical and demographic studies of the area.

10 Years Ago
Two Roane County students were invited to Washington, D.C., by the Presidential Classroom Scholars program for meetings with the president, federal lawmakers and the Central Intelligence Agency. Harriman High School senior Todd Sexton  and Oliver Springs High School junior Courtney Stubbs, both 17 and in the top 10 percent of their respective classes, were trying to raise money to supplement the PCS scholarship, which paid only for food and lodging.

Five Years Ago
Rockwood mourned the passing of “everybody’s doctor,” Tom W. Evans. Evans practiced medicine for more than 35 years as well as donating his time as team doctor for Rockwood High School. As a testament to his service to the city, Rockwood High School’s gym bears his name, and it was fitting that his family received friends there for his funeral. “He did so many things for so many people,” Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller said. “He just went beyond the call of duty in everything he did.”

One Year Ago
Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle accepted on behalf of the Harriman Police Department the Patriotic Employer Award from an agency in the Department of Defense. Former Harriman K-9 handler and National Guard member Guy M. McGill nominated the department for hiring him and giving him opportunities despite the risk he might be deployed at any time. “It is the best support I’ve ever had from any employer,” McGill said.