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Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Jan. 1

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By Cheryl Duncan, Assistant Editor

25 Years Ago
Roane County’s first baby of 1989 made his appearance at 8:55 a.m. Jan. 3. Ian Joseph Hiestand weighed 5 pounds, 1 ounce, and was born in Baptist Hospital of Roane County (formerly Chamberlain Memorial Hospital), Rockwood. Parents Robert and Lisa Hiestand both worked at Chase Instruments. Grandparents of the New Year baby were Robert and Jane Lawson of Rockwood, and Tom and Marjorie Hiestand of Kingston.

10 Years Ago
An investigation that still has Roane County law-enforcement officials and the community stymied swung into force when Cheryl Payne of Rockwood was reported missing. The 33-year-old mother was last seen near the Big Orange Grill and Pub north of Harriman. Witnesses said she and a male companion were involved in a “domestic situation” when they pulled away from the bar. The car didn’t get far before it pulled over and Payne exited, authorities said in those first days of investigation. Family and friends became worried when Payne didn’t check in with family, including her 12-year-old son. “She always called me, every day, every night,” said Payne’s father, Jackie Robinson. “It ain’t like Cheryl. She ain’t never done it before.”

Five Years Ago
The loss of two prominent community members left Roane County in mourning as the New Year started. The loss of 86-year-old Sam Davis, a former Oliver Springs alderman and active community leader, left the tri-county town saddened. “He fought very hard for the city when he was on council,” remembered Alderman Omer Cox. In Rockwood, beloved former football coach Lawrence Simpson Baskin was laid to rest. “He was a great football coach, but an even better man,” said Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller, who played for Baskin, 84, when at Rockwood Junior High School in the 1970s. At the time of his death, Baskin held the state record for the longest winning streak in junior high.

One Year Ago
The community’s bravest and finest of the year were applauded. The bravest — Roane County firefighters — awarded Firefighter of the Year for their respective districts were Lucas Neal, Midtown; Jeff Lawson, Blair; David Thompson, East Roane; Jerry Goodman, South Roane; and Ray Butler, West Roane. Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton honored the Finest — Deputy Mitch Grigsby — as Deputy of the Year. And the accolades didn’t stop there. Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle had his own awards for his Finest. Cody Guge was Officer of the Year, and Ridge Richardson was honored as Reserve Officer of the Year.