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Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Jan. 15

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By Cheryl Duncan, Assistant Editor

25 Years Ago
Harriman’s Roane Street took its first step toward official historic status with the filing of an application for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. Three blocks — extending from the Temperance Building to the Edwards Building on one side, and Roane Furniture Co. to the old Harriman Hotel on the other — were on the application. Also included was Harriman Public Library. The Hooray for Harriman Main Street organization made the application, and future plans included applying for similar status for residential areas, including Margrave, Cumberland and Clinton streets. “It gives you a little bit of pride when you look at your town and realize it is of importance nationwide,” said Nancy Wimmer, chairwoman of the committee that started the application process.

10 Years Ago
The Tennessee Lottery rolled out with a bang among the 30 lottery ticket retailers in Roane County. Among the first to buy a ticket was Angie Kennedy, who bought her scratch-off ticket just minutes after they went on sale at Kingston’s Scot Market. The scratch-offs, sold for $1, $2 and $5, marked the introduction of the lottery in the state. Funds generated from ticket sales were to be earmarked for college scholarships for Tennessee students.

Five Years Ago
Roane County students saw their winter break extended by three days last week due to extremely cold temperatures. That wasn’t the case in 2009. Though a number of East Tennessee schools closed due to frigid conditions outside, Roane County opted to send students to class. “We looked at all considerations ... and just felt like, generally speaking, there was not a good reason to not have school,” Director of Schools Toni McGriff said. “... they would be in a warm place that they might not otherwise live in, and they’d be inside for the better part of the day at school.”

One Year Ago
A video camera on a utility pole near the Houston family property gave Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives the images they used to seek a 14-count indictment against Rocky Houston for possession of firearms. Houston’s 2010 felony conviction makes it illegal for him to have such weaponry. A federal grand jury returned the indictment days after his arrest. His older brother, Leon, was ordered to remain behind bars pending the outcome of his own firearms charge. Leon Houston was arrested the same day as his younger brother for being in possession of a gun while unlawfully using a controlled substance.