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Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of March 5

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By Cheryl Duncan, Assistant Editor

25 Years Ago
He did it — Ned Andrews finally won the Roane County spelling bee in a style only the Kingston Elementary third-grader could muster. Ned, who captivated audiences when he was runner-up as a second-grader in 1988, continued to entertain those at the spelling bee as he could hardly wait his turn to correctly spell words like “anecdote,” “brigadier” and “differential.” Upon completing the spelling of “karate,” the youngster gave the microphone a karate chop. The enthusiastic Ned claimed the 1989 championship by correctly spelling “lozenge” and “mistletoe.” He went on to represent the county in the Southern Appalachian Spelling Bee in Knoxville.

10 Years Ago
Kingston Parks and Recreation officials began assessing the pros and cons of building a city recreation complex that would centralize facilities and offer more services, such as a gymnasium and indoor aquatics center, among other possibilities. “It is pretty much just a dream right now,” said Kingston City Council member Wade Creswell, who served on the parks and recreation board. “We wnat to try to get a plan together and take to the City Council.” It was hoped that land for the complex could be purchased within five years.

Five Years Ago
A bill introduced in the Tennessee General Assembly would give the Roane County Commission the power to eliminate the office of constable. The bill, introduced by state Sen. Ken Yager and state Rep. Dennis Ferguson, would lift an exemption and permit the county’s governing body to abolish or remove law-enforcement powers of county constables by a two-thirds’ majority vote. Yager and Ferguson introduced the bill at the behest of County Commission.

One Year Ago
The Roane County Circuit Court Clerk’s office received notice that the Tennessee Department of Safety was ready to accept files to suspend driver’s licenses of those who had not paid fines or court costs. “We will begin submitting license suspension records immediately for those that have failed to pay their costs within the one-year time frame,” Circuit Court Clerk Kim Nelson said. A preliminary report produced 444 files for cases that qualified for license suspension. State law allows a person unable to pay any portion of assessed litigation taxes, court costs and fines to apply for a one-time order staying the license revocation.