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25 Years Ago
Ron Coleman became Roane County’s first black elected official when he won his bid for one of three seats on Harriman City Council. Coleman, the top vote-getter in the council race, was named the city’s vice mayor. He said he believes his successful bid for public office was a step in the right direction — that people are trying to change things and start working together and judging people more on their personality than whether they are black or white.
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