Look Back: A Little Something from our Files for the week of Aug. 10

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By Mary Jo Hooker

25 Years Ago
Scattered showers did little to relieve drought conditions or help crops. A 30-inch deficit in rainfall totals across the state severely damaged crops. Area agriculture officials estimated 100 percent of the
area’s soybean crop had been lost; the corn crop was projected to suffer a 70 percent loss; and tobacco would only be at 30-40 percent of normal crop levels. Lack of hay and pasture caused beef cattlemen to send record numbers of cattle early to auction.

10 Years Ago
Johnny Lindsay, or “Goose,” as most people in the area know him, joined the Roane County News staff as sports editor. He replaced Joe Strunk, who took a teaching position. A graduate of Oakdale High School and Roane State Community College, Lindsay is a familiar figure in Roane County sports. “If it’s competition, I enjoy it,” he said.

Five Years Ago
Thanks to the collaborative work of Lowe’s and other community businesses, a walking trail was constructed behind Bowers Elementary School in Harriman. The plan was to give students between 10 to 20 minutes of walking time a day to help keep them active and healthy.

One Year Ago
More than a year had passed, and Kingston police were still trying to solve the Tyler Webb murder case. Webb was shot in June 2009 at a home on Third Street. He lived barely more than a month before dying at University of Tennessee Medical Center. The case remains unsolved today. Anyone with information is asked to call the Kingston Police Department at 376-2081.