Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of May 25

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By Mary Jo Hooker

25 Years Ago
A giant 88,000-pound earth mover with only 540 operating hours on it was purchased for the Roane County landfill. Smart shopping by Roane County Road Supervisor Bob Collier bought the monster for $2,500. The earth mover previously used by the county had half the capacity and more than 20,000 hours of operation.

10 Years Ago
By collecting exactly $978,000 worth of Food City receipts, Dyllis Elementary School earned six iMac computers with DVD capability, one television, two VCRs and computer software. Dyllis, with 193 students, was Food City’s No. 2 school out of 700. The top-ranking school had 700 students and collected $30,000 more than Dyllis.

Five Years Ago
The Roane County Honor Guard remembered fallen comrades at a Memorial Day observance at Bethel Cemetery. Bethel is the only cemetery in Tennessee in which a soldier from every war the nation has fought is buried.

One Year Ago
Roane County Attorney Tom McFarland was elected vice president of the Tennessee County Attorneys Association. He said he was surprised and humbled by the election. His term started immediately and after a year, he will be installed as the group’s president.