Look Back: A Little Something From the Past From the Week of April 17

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By Cheryl Duncan, Assistant Editor

25 Years Ago
Diana Morgan and Wanda Burgess were honored by the Roane County Board of Education as 1988 Teachers of the Year. Morgan, selected for the secondary schools category, had taught cosmetology at Roane Vocational Center, Midtown, for five years. Burgess, a kindergarten teacher at Emory Heights Elementary School, Harriman, was chosen for the primary category. During her 15 years in education, she had also taught second grade and combined third and fourth grades. Teachers were chosen for being exceptionally skillful, dedicated, showing excellence in planning and instruction, leadership skills and making specifically outstanding contributions to education.

10 Years Ago
A full slate of candidates were up for three seats on Kingston City Council. Incumbents Don White, Tim Neal and Betty Taylor, all of whom had served for more than a decade, faced opposition from five newcomers: Louise Brabham, a city resident for 26 years; 28-year-old Wade Creswell; lifelong Kingston residents and close friends Jim Rivers and Norm Sugarman; and David Brummett.

Five Years Ago
County emergency management officials said a new CodeRED Emergency Notification System was in service to notify residents via phone in cases when important information needs to get out to the public. All home and business numbers were preloaded into the system, and officials said cellphone and other secondary numbers could be entered into the system via the county’s website.

One Year Ago
The nearing end of the school year was bittersweet for alumni and students of Dyllis Elementary, who would be bidding goodbye to the community’s hub of activity since 1948. “I had a parent come in — a grandparent, actually — this morning and say, ‘ It’s just not going to seem right without cars parked out here next year and kids playing in the back,” longtime school secretary Brenda Wright lamented. A celebration was planned to allow students, faculty and staff both past and present to visit the school one last time before the doors were locked and students were transferred to the new Dyllis Springs Elementary in the fall.