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25 Years Ago
Rockwood patrolman Rodney Redmon was proclaimed a hero for the second time in two and a half years when he pulled Fred “Junior” Pass Jr. from a burning building on Poplar Street. “The good Lord must have sent him down here,” said Paul Ed Pass, who credited Redmon with saving his brother’s life. Redmon received Gov. Lamar Alexander’s Outstanding Tennessean Award in 1986 for his earlier heroic feat in which he pulled a 2-year-old Tommy Mullins from a storm sewer.
10 Years Ago
Baptist Health Systems officials accepted the county’s $1.2 million offer to buy the former Arcon clinic in Rockwood. The hospital-like medical facility built in 1998 was abandoned a short time later when Arcon filed for bankruptcy. Plans were to renovate the facility to consolidate the county’s health department and other health services.
Five Years Ago
The Roane State Foundation gave area students a chance to let their feet do the texting in a contest for a $1,000 scholarship. Oliver Springs High School’s Jada Halburnt was a finalist in the contest, which challenged students to test their texting skills on a pad similar to one used in the “Dance Dance Revolution” video game. The texting craze among teenagers prompted the foundation to have fun with technology while awarding the annual scholarship.
One Year Ago
Gateway Florist in Rockwood aimed to bring cheer to a maze of road construction confusion in front of its business. Valentine’s Day-themed balloons were affixed to traffic barrels, giving motorists a needed smile as they wended their way through town.