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Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Feb. 8

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By Mary Jo Hooker

25 Years Ago
Scherenschnitte was experiencing a revival in the craft world. Pat Mynatt taught a class for Kingston and another for Harriman Community Education. Literally translated the German word scherenschnitte means “scissor cutting or snipping,” the cutting of paper into decorations. The art of paper cutting is such an old and widely crafted form that it is hard to put a beginning date to it.

10 Years Ago
Roane State Community College had a display titled “The Secret Code of Quilts on the Underground Railroad.” Ten quilts on display gave a unique insight on how slaves communicated. The quilts, put out to “air” along the Underground Railroad, informed slaves attempting to escape when and how to move. The displayed quilts ranged from the monkey wrench quilt which signaled the slaves to get their tools together, to the wagon wheel and tumbling block, which warned slaves to get ready to go.

Five Years Ago
Booming subdivision development caused havoc on county roads designed for light rural traffic. Developers of Grande Vista Bay subdivision promised to improve 6.5 miles of roads that were cracking and sagging under the weight of the 37-ton trucks.

One Year Ago
An accident on Hwy. 61 near Mount Pisgah Baptist Church was Roane County’s first traffic fatality in 2011. Timothy A. Bailes veered off the roadway and struck a tree. Bailes was transported to the hospital and later died. Roane County had 17 traffic fatalities in 2010 and 12 in 2009.