Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of March 12

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By Cheryl Duncan, Assistant Editor

25 Years Ago
A longterm ongoing FBI investigation resulted in the seizure of gaming machines allegedly used for gambling in 69 locations in Roane, Loudon and Meigs counties. Agents confirmed that 40-45 of those locations were in Roane County. FBI Special Agent in Charge William Baugh commandeered the operation involving 82 agents and Harriman, Kingston and Lenoir City police officers from a mobile command post established at the Harriman Police Department. No arrests were made at the time, but evidence was to be turned over to the offices of the District Attorney and U.S. Attorney.

10 Years Ago
For the first time in the history of Rockwood basketball, Tiger fans got to chant the phrase, “region champions,” when Paul Kamakawa’s squad knocked off Cosby 50-37 to claim the Region 2A victory for the green and gold. “One word: intensity,” was the reason Cosby coach Brad Flatford cited for the Tigers’ victory. “You’ve got to give a lot of credit to Rockwood’s defense. They really got after us.” Members of the first-ever Rockwood region championship team included D.J. Allen, Joseph Bowman, David Butler, Johnny Coaker, Thomas Davis, Michael Gilmore, Matt Goddard, Demarcus Golphin, Ellery Harvest, Jamie Hackler, Mitchell Holcomb, Billy Moffitt, David Morgan, Corey Payne, Zach Peddicord, Bryson Pryor, Brian Reed, Jacob Richardson and Marcus Whitaker.

Five Years Ago
A rivalry between two county officials came to a head in a public forum about setting prices for the county’s GIS mapping information. Property Assessor Teresa Kirkham and County Attorney Tom McFarland became embroiled in a heated argument, with Kirkham challenging McFarland to step outside with a “come on, big boy,” dare issued during the County Commission meeting. The battle had been brewing since the last election, when Kirkham accused McFarland of being in cahoots with her opponent, Steve Robinette. McFarland contended Kirkham was bitter because she was forced to allow Robinette view her county cellphone records, which McFarland agreed were public record.

One Year Ago
The city of Harriman’s initial investment into the infrastructure at the Midtown interchange of Interstate 40 led to vast development in the once-desolate area, including Kroger, Lowe’s, a state-of-the-art hospital, medical offices and other businesses under construction. Also benefiting, Harriman City Council member J.D. Sampson contended, were businesses outside the city limits drawing on increased traffic. That’s why he once again broached annexation in the Midtown area, with an eye focused on potential commercial growth. “ He’s profiting off the city,” Sampson said of one businessman operating in Midtown but outside the Harriman city limits. “Whether these people like it or not, we need them in the city.”