Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of June 29

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By Mary Jo Hooker

25 Years Ago
Nora Crabtree Ladd of Kingston and her sister, Ada Crabtree Wyatt, were two of 90 Tennesseans invited to participate in the Smithsonian Institution’s 20th annual Festival of American Folklife in Washington D.C. Wyatt was unable to attend due to poor health, so her daughter, Gena Rolen Thacker of Midtown went with Ladd as companion and helper. The pair were scheduled to spend 14 days quilting in front of thousands of people. Ladd estimates the trio collectively quilted hundreds of quilts together, and she had quilted about 2,000 since she was in her 20s more than 60 years ago.

10 Years Ago
Thirteen Roane County professionals participated in Disability Day, sponsored by the East Tennessee/North Georgia chapters of the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Participants were assigned an “illness” or “condition” to simulate a disability and had to use walkers, ankle and/or wrist weights, canes or eye patches. Participants called the experience eye opening and said it made them realize the problems faced by the disabled, even when businesses thought they were handicap accessible.

Five Years Ago
The end of a 21-year era was marked when Mary Ann Owings retired as director of the Rockwood Housing Authority. She was most proud of being able to help better residents’ lives during her tenure. In retirement, she planned to volunteer with her church and to help VISTA volunteer, Flossie Worthy, with programs for residents.

One Year Ago
TVA study crews set up nesting boxes for tree swallows along the Kingston lakefront to determine the biological impact of the 2008 TVA ash spill. Tree swallows generally stay within 100 yards of their nesting site, eat lots of insects and will come back year after year to the same site. Scientists will monitor the nests, eggs and chicks for several years to see what impact – if any – the ash spill has on wildlife.