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Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of May 7

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By Cheryl Duncan, Assistant Editor

25 Years Ago
Oliver Springs leaders received a vote of confidence by the town’s residents, who returned the mayor and Board of Aldermen to their seats for two-year terms. They included Mayor Stanley E. Justice Jr.; Aldermen Edwin L. Kelley, J.C. “Jim” Davis, Ralph Wilson, C.D. “Chuck” Alcorn, Cebert Mitchell and Sam H. Davis; Treasurer Virginia Crisp; and Judge Joseph H. Van Hook. Justice led opposed candidates with 254 votes, and Crisp led the entire ticket with 375.

10 Years Ago
Construction on the overpass bridge over the railroad in Rockwood, a project in the works since at least 1997, was due to begin. Cost and accessibility issues delayed construction. Once complete as an extension of Tedder Street, the overpass bridge will serve as a connector for both sides of the city, which has long been dissected by the railroad tracks. The project’s price tag was $1.7 million, most of which would be covered by grants.

Five Years Ago
Evyn Davis wasn’t quite 2 years old, but the tot’s artwork was among those chosen to be part of “Art from the Ashes,” a Knoxville Museum of Art display focusing on the Kingston TVA Fossil Plant ash spill. Evyn’s fingerpainting entry was titled, “Survivor” and depicted spilled coal ash with the plant’s smokestacks towering in the background. “He loves fingerpainting, so this was a wonderful thing for him,” said Evyn’s grandmother, Penny Dodson. “He really had a good time.” A silent auction on the last day was to raise money for the people affected by the TVA disaster.

One Year Ago
Lincoln Memorial University unveiled its Walter T. and Julia Pulliam Historic Newspaper Collection, a special exhibit in honor of the former newspaper man and his wife. Pulliam, former publisher and editor of The Harriman Record and Today’s News, donated his prized newspaper collection to the Harrogate-based university. More than 700 newspapers dating back to the 1600s make up the collection, and an archivist spent a year cataloguing the newspapers and selecting items for display. LMU also has an archives room named in honor of Pulliam, author of “Harriman: The Town That Temperance Built,” and his wife. The Pulliams live in Knoxville.