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

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By Cheryl Duncan, Assistant Editor

25 Years Ago
Lucille Buttram closed a 45-year chapter of her life when she retired as superintendent of Harriman City Schools. A Harriman alumna and valedictorian of her Harriman High School class, she returned to the system as a teacher and worked her way up the ladder. She received a key to the city and had a day designated in her honor by her former student, Mayor Jerry Davis. But her biggest accolade of all was one given by Susan Turner at a portrait presentation. “She said I was a role model for the students,” Buttram said. “To me, that was the greatest honor you can give a person.”

10 Years Ago
Area veterans contributed their war memorabilia to a museum created by Oliver Springs Disabled American Veterans to enable them to better share the stories of their experiences. Maps, helmets, grenades and flags were among the items on display. “People have been very receptive so far,” said Lee Cantrell, a veteran whose items were on display.

Five Years Ago
Arizona lawman Joe Arpaio has made a name for himself with his “Tent City” outdoors jail. Could authorities in Tennessee take a leaf from his page to ease up on jail overcrowding? Not likely, though Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said he was among those who had flirted with the idea. “I checked with the state corrections institute, and the jail supervisor said the climate is not suitable in the state of Tennessee,” he said. “It’s too cold in the winter, and it’s too hot in the summer.”

One Year Ago

Shiloh Baptist Church showed its patriotic colors with a display of more than 50 flags for the Fourth of July. The display gave prominence to Old Glory, but some military and state flags were included in the mix.