Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Feb. 12

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By Cheryl Duncan, Assistant Editor

25 Years Ago
One of the biggest fundraisers for the American Cancer Society — the Margaret Stewart Talent Show — boasted a number of area performers using their gifts to raise money for cancer research. The crop of Roane County talent for the 1989 event included a 15-year-old Matt Kreis, an Oliver Springs youth who had amassed state honors for sacred keyboard and was named Dollywood’s 1987 Best Young Upcoming Artist. Son of Ronnie and Connie Kreis, Matt now answers to Levi, and the bevy of honors he’s picked up since include a 2010 Tony Award for his portrayal of Jerry Lee Lewis in the Broadway production of “Million Dollar Quartet.”

10 Years Ago
Harriman City Council member Chris Mason hoped Harriman could have a city manager on board by the end of summer 2004. Harriman Economic Advisory Team recommended the city adopt a city-manager form of government, which would have an individual available to handle day-to-day city operations and eliminate the need for several of the boards and committees required to handle governmental and personnel matters. “”All of the positions on Council are part time,” Mason said. “If we’re going to move forward, we need somebody to be there full time.”

Five Years Ago
The Rockwood mayor’s race was shaping up to be one of the hottest tickets for the municipal election season. With a little more than a month remaining to file for candidacy, Peggy Evans, John Sublett, Calvin Trew and James Watts had picked up petitions to succeed Mike “Brillo” Miller, who was prohibited from a re-election bid by Rockwood’s term limits. All four professed their ambition to help the city they love as reason for seeking office. Evans, however, said she likely would vacate a mayoral bid in favor of seeking one of three open seats on Rockwood City Council.

One Year Ago
Roane County residents got their first official glimpse of the brand-new hospital facility in Midtown. The $76 million new Roane Medical Center, with the latest innovations and technology, opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony that included Ferrell Winfree, the first female born at Harriman Hospital. The new facility tripled the number of emergency suites, boasts a new cardiac catherization lab and technologically advanced surgery suites, all private patient rooms and offers more than 500 free-parking spaces, “I love it!” Sheril Shannon enthused about the 145,000-square-foot facility. “I think it is beautiful.”