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

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By Cheryl Duncan, Assistant Editor

25 Years Ago
Tracey Oliver of Harriman was crowned Miss Roane State during a weekend pageant at the college. Ten students vied for the title in the pageant, a preliminary for the Miss Tennessee pageant in Jackson. Among them were third runner-up Valonda Thomas of Rockwood, Angela Kerley of Harriman and Melanie L. Shirling of Kingston.

10 Years Ago
While the Roane County Commission didn’t give the so-called “God resolution” the sweeping endorsement found in Oliver Springs, a watered-down version snagged a majority of support among county leaders. The resolution, which proclaimed God to be the foundation of national heritage, originated in Greene County. “I firmly believe we’re getting into some areas that we have to be careful about,” said Una Coffman, who cast the lone dissenting vote against the resolution. Two county residents urged the commission to vote down the matter, to no avail.

Five Years Ago
It wasn’t the Grinch who stole Christmas, but a number of holiday shoppers giddy about the possibility of giving real or faux Rolex watches and Coach bags at bargain prices sure felt Scrooged. Sales of both designer brands and Tiffany jewelry were leveled against a Kingston business that was shut down as the holiday shopping season went into high gear. Authorities accused the business of selling knock-off designer purses. A special investigator brought in to check for counterfeit logos determined the bags allegedly bore fake labels. Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam said it was unknown if the business was trying to pass off designer merchandise as imitations or the real deal. “Regardless, it’s illegal,” he said. During the raid, police turned away disappointed customers, some of whom had been paying on layaway merchandise intended as Christmas gifts.

One Year Ago
The American Society of Radiologic Technologists’ philanthropic Foundation paid tribute to Rockwood’s Catherine Parsons with its newest scholarship. The Parsons Degree Achievement Scholarship honored the 55-year-old’s contributions to the field. Parsons, who passed away in the fall of 2012, established the first mammography and ultrasound departments at Rockwood’s Chamberlain Memorial Hospital, and she served as director of Cumberland Medical Center’s administrative director of medical imaging.