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Look Back: Something From Our Files From the Week of July 10

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By Cheryl Duncan, Assistant Editor

25 Years Ago
Fourteen First American Bank employees at branches in Rockwood, Harriman, Kingston and Spring City received permanent layoff notices due to what a Knoxville bank official called duplication of services after the acquisition of Roane County’s First National Bank. “We can’t afford to do that,” said Robert A. McCabe Jr., First American Bank president. McCabe said officials tried to pick employees with the least seniority and whose job skills were not needed due to refinement in operations.

10 Years Ago
Harriman’s Fisk Heights neighborhood got an unexpected Fourth of July visitor. Donnie Burris was among the residents surprised when the critter they thought was a big, black dog turned out to be a young black bear. “I’ve never seen one around here before,” he said. TWRA officials said they believed the bear was likely a male striking out from either the Great Smoky Mountains or Big South Fork to find his own territory.

Five Years Ago
The hot ticket on the August ballot was the race for Roane County Board of Education. Six people were vying for three seats on the board. Incumbents Danny Holloway, Earl Nall and Tyler Overstreet faced newcomers Rob Jago, Hugh Johnson and Kim Nelson. Voters decided a change was in order: all three contenders were elected.

One Year Ago

Four adults and a child were decontaminated on site when Roane County Sheriff’s Office authorities found a meth lab campsite off Old Elverton Road outside Harriman. The adults were arrested on drug charges, and the 6-year-old boy was taken to the hospital as a precaution. “I asked him if he wanted anything to eat, and he said a Dr Pepper and Chicken McNuggets,” Sheriff Jack Stockton said.