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Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Jan. 26

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By Mary Jo Hooker

25 Years Ago
Bubba Nicholson, 31 of Harriman, called himself a scientist, and he had researched and written a theory on why people fall in love. Nicholson claimed love involves the transfer of sebum, an oily substance produced over most of the body by the skin’s sebaceous glands. The sebum exchange, which primarily takes place while kissing, causes the heart-dancing feeling that everyone calls love. His theory has been met with both skepticism and acclaim. But he maintained that when people kiss there is a sebum exchange which causes people to crave each other, an addiction to sebaceous and other excretions.

10 Years Ago
Rockwood storefronts were changing. Piggly Wiggly closed its doors on North Gateway Avenue after almost seven years at that location and leased the building to Dollar General. And after almost 60 years in downtown Rockwood, Bilbrey’s Furniture Co. on West Rockwood Street went out of business, primarily due to the health problems of owner Eddie Bilbrey.

Five Years Ago
Roane County school principals attended a training session on LRE for Life, a new discipline approach applicable to all ages and abilities. This new approach emphasizes teaching and prevention of bad behavior over controlling disruptions and excluding trouble students. Implementation will not be a breeze and is estimated to take three to five years to establish. LRE for Life stands for Least Restrictive Environment for Living, Inclusion, Friendships and Employment.

One Year Ago
Tina Adkisson honored the memory of Travis and Peyton Farmer of Harriman, who lost their lives in a tragic fire in 2007, by collecting smoke detectors. Adkisson wanted to do something to return the generosity she experienced after the fire that claimed her son and grandson. She hoped to deliver the smoke detectors to area fire departments to honor her loved ones’ memory, and to hopefully keep others from sharing their fate.