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Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of May 14

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By Cheryl Duncan, Assistant Editor

25 Years Ago
About half of Kayser-Roth Hosiery’s work force was affected by a layoff that eliminated the Harriman mill’s second shift and cut 500 jobs. “It is temporary, and it is due to the inventory imbalance and softening of the business,” said plant manager Ken Keller. The plant experienced a slack in orders, prompting inventories to be reduced. Keller denied the possibility of a complete, permanent shutdown of the Harriman plant. “That’s a false rumor,” he said. “There’s no plans to shut anything down on a permanent basis.”

10 Years Ago
The Rockwood-based Troop C of the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment received orders to mobilize, with the destination likely to be either Iraq or Afghanistan. The troop’s orders included departing in June for Camp Shelby, Miss., then to Fort Irwin, Calif., for training for the theater operation. “At first, I was scared,” noted Spec. Kenneth Teal, who had not previously served in combat. “I’m still scared of leaving, but this is something I have to do — and I’m going to do it.” Soldiers in Troop C are part of a combat unit that specializes in scouting, artillery and tank crews. The entire 278th regiment has members from Roane County to Kingsport to Cookeville.

Five Years Ago
Harriman’s Sexton Automotive Group was one of the dealerships proposed for closure by Chrysler in bankruptcy filings. “We’re not going anywhere,” owner Tom Vicary confirmed shortly after the listing was made public. “For right now, it’s just business as normal.” A number of automotive offerings were under the Sexton dealership, including Chevrolet, Buick, Cadillac, GMC, Chrysler, Plymouth, Dodge, Jeep and Eagle. Later in the week, neither Sexton nor David Clifton Chevrolet-Buick-Pontiac Inc. in Rockwood had received notice that they were on General Motors’ list for shut down by the end of 2010. It was good news for both dealers. “I’ve unofficially heard through the grapevine that I’m a keeper,” Clifton said. Vicary agreed. “No news is good news.”

One Year Ago
Clinton native David Bolling was chosen by Kingston City Council as the new city manager. Bolling, who previously served as Oliver Springs town administrator, was to assume his new duties on June 1. “I always thought a lot of Kingston,” he said. “It’s a great opportunity, a city that’s growing, and I’d love to be a part of that.” At the time of his hiring, Bolling was employed with Newcastle, Maine. He was among 39 initial applicants University of Tennessee’s Municipal Technical Advisory Service sifted through to find the right candidates for the Kingston position left open due to the retirement of Jim Pinkerton. “It’s not that I’m looking for any job,” said Bolling, who met unanimous approval by the City Council. “I’m looking for this job.”