Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of May 23

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By Mary Jo Hooker

25 Years Ago
Candidates for Harriman City Council faced two main issues: attracting new industry and dealing with sewer-rate increases. The average residential sewer bill was scheduled to increase 60 percent and commercial rates by more than 100 percent to fund the state-ordered construction of a new wastewater treatment facility.

10 Years Ago
Carla Letsinger’s class at Midway Elementary School pitched in to help a fellow classmate. When classmate Trisha Davidson and her family lost their home to a fire, the second-graders donated $250 in a matter of days.

Five Years Ago
Roane County Commission’s sheriff’s liaison committee voted unanimously to support a plan to contract for on-site medical services at the Roane County jail. The plan called for a nurse to spend at least 28 hours a week at the facility. Chief Deputy Tim Phillips believed it was a program that would be a benefit to the county and save taxpayers money.

One Year Ago
A secluded farm outside Oliver Springs has been turned into a refuge for llamas. Owners George and Pat Brandon’s interest in the South American mammals grew into a passion after they discovered they liked the animals. Since 1994, the number of llamas has increased as they have become a rescue for the quiet animals.