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25 Years Ago
Kingston Elementary School beat the odds of 10,000 to 1 by having five sets of twins among the 137 students in the kindergarten class. The twins included Sarah and Megan Robinson, Roseinna and Tracy Shelton, William and Robert Shannon, Kristin and Jennifer Renfro, and Tiffiany and Timothy Martin.
10 Years Ago
The new Food City “superstore” in Kingston opened in Ladd Landing. The 43,000-square-foot unit replaced the Third Street store near Roane County Courthouse. Also, H.T. Hackney broke ground on its new distribution center in the Roane Regional Business and Technology Park. The center would reportedly employ 320 people once the facility is completed in the summer of 2004.
Five Years Ago
Politicians from three counties met at Rockwood Municipal Airport to celebrate a unique concept in the Plateau Partnership Park project. The first business to open could be years away, but officials from Cumberland, Morgan and Roane counties were optimistic that all three counties would benefit from industry in the park and the jobs they would create.
One Year Ago
Sam Reed of Harriman couldn’t afford to join the Boy Scouts during the Depression but he encouraged his son Charles to join in 1957, and later his younger son, Gordon. The love of scouting instilled in his sons and daughter continued through four generations of Reeds, who committed to scouting, and all six went on to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout.