Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Sept. 12

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By Mary Jo Hooker

25 Years Ago
Adopt-A-School, an incentive program for academic achievement, enjoyed a high rate of success in Roane County. The program was a partnership between an organization or business and a selected school, program or class; a sharing of time, talent and expertise. The ways in which the adopter can help are limited only by the imagination of both parties.

10 Years Ago
Bill Farnham, a Harriman resident and registered respiratory therapist for University of Tennessee Medical Center, traveled to Ho Chi Mihn City with five of his colleagues throughout the U.S. to present a two-week respiratory care course designed for Vietnamese physicians and nurses. The idea was initiated by a Vietnamese doctor who wanted to pass on American practioners’ knowledge.

Five Years Ago
The construction of the new bridge on Hwy. 70 over the Clinch River created problems with Lakeview Drive and had residents concerned for safety, especially school bus safety. During bridge construction, a section of Lakeview had to be moved. The result was more narrow lanes, sharper curves and absence of guardrails. Tennessee Department of Transportation officials were in the process of making modifications to the road.

One Year Ago
Kingston Mayor Troy Beets reported that the intersection of Hwys. 58 and 70 was scheduled for widening by the Tennessee Department of Transportation, probably in the latter half of 2012. Since state highways are involved, the cost of the project would be absorbed by the state.