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Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Aug. 31

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By Mary Jo Hooker

25 Years Ago
Roane State Community College’s cheerleading squad brought back a trophy from a national competition. Brewster the Rooster, the Raiders’ 7-foot mascot, won Most Improved Mascot. That trophy represented besting 60 other cheerleading mascots from across the country. The cheerleaders made it to the finals competition.

10 Years Ago
U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp presented World War II veterans with honorary medals for risking their lives storming the beaches of Normandy. The Governor of Normandy authorized presenting the medals to any Normandy veteran who took part in the invasion between June 6, 1944, and Aug. 31, 1944, and was unable to attend the 50th-anniversary ceremonies in France. Roane County residents receiving medals were Paul Goddard, Bud Plemons, Clyde Stone and J.D. Williams, all of Harriman, J.C. Sexton of Oliver Springs, and the late Floyd Garrett, whose wife, Ida Belle, accepted on his behalf.

Five Years Ago
Doug Davies, 70, of Kingston, fulfilled a lifelong dream of navigating from Watts Bar Lake to Pennsylvania. The 3,000-mile river voyage took 32 days to complete and was “a lot of work, it’s not just sitting back in a boat and cruising.” Davies’ crewmen were his brothers, Dick, 68 and Jim, 78, both of Ohio. The best part of the trip for Davies was the unspoiled beauty of the Tennessee River.

One Year Ago
Public service, not politics. That’s how James “Dub” Harmon viewed his job as a county commissioner. The commission’s most senior member in terms of age and tenure lost his re-election bid and wrapped up his 22 years on the Roane County Commission. Known for being outspoken and never reluctant to offer ideas — even some unpopular ones — Harmon still planned to take an active role in public service.