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

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By Cheryl Duncan, Assistant Editor

25 Years Ago
Harriman’s first baby of 1989 made her arrival at 1:09 p.m. Jan. 7 in Harriman City Hospital. Taniensha Annette Thomas, daughter of Tyrone and Seressa Thomas of Rockwood, weighed 6 pounds, 8 ounces, and was 21 inches long. For making her milestone appearance into the world, Taniensha was awarded at $50 savings bond by the hospital.

10 Years Ago
Differences between the city of Kingston and its power supplier, Rockwood Electric Utility, were laid to rest after a meeting between representatives of both groups and TVA. Among concerns from Kingston officials was the recurrence of power outages in the area. “We have spent a massive amount of money in Kingston,” REU General Manager Kendall Bear explained. Among the investments to Kingston’s electrical service was $3 million to upgrade the infrastructure to increase the system’s reliability and prepare for the Ladd Landing development.

Five Years Ago
Kingston’s Watts Bar Belle, a riverboat docked at 58 Landing, pulled up anchor to leave the county — but not because of the ash spill at TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant. General manager Francie Harkenrider told members of Kingston City Council the decision was purely financial, due to lack of business.

One Year Ago
After beating double-murder charges, brothers Rocky and Leon Houston again found themselves behind bars when federal authorities booked them into custody on firearms charges. Rocky Houston, a convicted felon on matters unrelated to the shooting deaths of Deputy Bill Jones and his ridealong partner, former lawman Mike Brown, was charged with being in possession of firearms. Older brother Leon’s charge stemmed from him having a weapon as he rode up to authorities on the family’s property. The elder Houston reportedly told authorities he had been smoking “wacky tobacco,” and was taken into custody for possessing firearms while being an unlawful user of a controlled substance.