Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Feb. 20

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By Cheryl Duncan, Assistant Editor

25 Years Ago
Rolland “Rollo” McNelly of Midtown joined the elite ranks of bowlers who have scored a perfect 300-point game. His feat at Midtown’s Tri-Cities Lanes was accomplished with a ball given to him by Betty Maples, the facility’s owner. “When the pins fell, it was a great feeling,” McNelly said of that final frame that cinched the game. “I’d like to have another one — someday.”

10 Years Ago
Vast amounts of rain over a three-day period caused flooding, mudslides, power outages and cut off Oliver Springs from the rest of the area. One blessing for the tiny town was repairs to the town’s aging sewer system prevented the release of raw sewage during the weekend deluge, during which the National Weather Service reported 8 inches of rainfall.

Five Years Ago

Roane County lost one of its most esteemed residents with the passing of Frank Faris on Feb. 18 — the 68th anniversary of the day he proposed to his longtime wife, Sallie. Owner of the former Norris Creamery in Harriman, Faris, 96, was a modest community leader and friend who, through his affiliation with Harriman Lions Club, spearheaded the creation of Roane County Park. He was the last of the club’s charter members, and one of his most proud accomplishments was serving as the organization’s district governor.

One Year Ago

Kingston officials checked out Kingston Medical Plaza as a prospect for a future city hall facility. Though not on the market at the time, the building was believed to be vacated in the future as Midtown becomes the county’s center of health care with the construction of a new hospital.