Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of May 15

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By Cheryl Duncan, Assistant Editor

25 Years Ago
Rockwood High School alumnus Mark Pemberton ended an almost-two-decade era in the school’s football program when he decided to leave his post as Tigers head coach to return to his collegiate stomping grounds as quarterback coach at Tennessee Tech University. “It’s been a long time that a Pemberton has been coaching here at Rockwood,” he said. “But all good things come to an end, and that was one of them. Pemberton’s father, C.W., was the Tigers’ defensive coach when Mark was quarterback on Rockwood’s 1976 state championship team, and he was part of his son’s coaching staff for two seasons. Mark’s uncle, Tom Pemberton, was also a former Tigers coach.

10 Years Ago
Another era drew to an end with the announced closing of Roane Hosiery, Harriman’s last surviving hosiery mill. About 300 workers were to be affected by the mid-summer shutdown of the family-owned operation which had produced pantyhose and stockings since 1950. Company officials said declining sales and product demand prompted the decision. “We’ve been through all the downsizing we could,” said company President George E. Wilson III. “We just felt we couldn’t continue to operate with these financial losses.” Roane Hosiery had employed up to 1,000 workers in its heyday and, for a time in the 1970s, maintained a sales office in New York.

Five Years Ago
Bradley Walker decided to do more than simply complain about climbing gas prices. The Rockwood High School senior took matters into his own hands by riding his horse, Pumpkin, to school as a one-man protest. “I can’t afford gas,” he said. “It’s getting ridiculous.” The teen may not have attracted the attention of big oil companies, but others were paying attention and chatting him up. “I’m all over the Internet,” he beamed.

One Year Ago

Roane County’s Clyfton Chandler, Eddie Owings and Charles Wilson were among the 130 East Tennessee World War II and Korean veterans flown via HonorAir to Washington, D.C., in a one-day, all-expense-paid trip that included tours of the World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Marine and Air Force memorials. They also witnessed the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery. The trio and volunteer guardian John Owings participated in HonorAir Knoxville’s 12th flight.