Look Back: a little something from our files for week of March 31

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25 Years Ago
Authorities throughout East Tennessee were looking for two machine gun-toting men who robbed Harriman Revco and at one time were thought to be holding employees hostage inside the store. Employees were in the process of closing the store when the 9 p.m. incident occurred. An undetermined amount of cash and drugs were taken.

10 Years Ago
And then there were four — Roane County municipalities, that is. Chancellor Frank Williams deemed Midtown’s charter null and void. “As of right now, the town’s existence has been terminated,” Midtown attorney Gerald Largen confirmed. Midtown incorporated in 1998 as one of about a dozen “tiny towns” formed through state legislation that was later found unconstitutional. About two dozen Midtown residents sued in 2001 to dissolve the town.

Five Years Ago
Harriman Public Library, open to everyone, became accessible to everyone with a ceremony dedicating an Americans With Disabilities-certified lift. Among those visiting and using the lift for the first time were Michael Dunn Center clients and their direct support staff.

One Year Ago
Harriman’s Bill Copeland knew firsthand about the anger and vitriol slung at American soldiers who fought in Vietnam. He was amping up for a different reception in Pigeon Forge: a Welcome Home Vietnam Parade focused on giving thanks to those veterans. “I want to get as many Vietnam veterans as I can to go to the parade,” Copeland said. “It is belated, but it is good to know we haven’t been completely forgotten.”