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Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of May 2

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By Mary Jo Hooker

25 Years Ago
Tennessee’s safety belt law celebrated its one-year anniversary. Fatality figures for the year recorded a 40-percent drop which officials attributed to increased safety belt use.

10 Years Ago
Anniversaries, Openings and Endings: Kingston Community Center celebrated 30 years with cake, punch and reminiscences. After a 20-year wait, the Roane County Animal Shelter opened with a ribbon cutting and open house. Ruby Tuesday had a grand-opening ceremony for its new restaurant in Harriman. And finally, Melvin Page retired after 30 years of government service, which included a tour of duty in Vietnam and a career as a postal worker. Page said he would probably relax a while, and then think about starting a new career.

Five Years Ago
Wendell Millard “Red” Stout, former Harriman fire chief, died at the age of 77. He served as a firefighter from the 1950s until he retired as chief in 1998. He was known both for the love of his men and his directness.

One Year Ago

Changes were afoot at the Roane County Circuit Court Clerk’s office thanks to the new court clerk, Kim Nelson. Roane County Commissioners approved a resolution for a General Sessions Court office makeover that included partitions that would shield employees from other workers and the public. Plans were also in the works to implement new software that would computerize court records for a more efficient way to manage court records and use less paper.