25 Years Ago
In the eyes of Virginia Hackler of Harriman, her son, Robert Hackler, was a hero. When the 36-year-old man of Lansing, Mich., learned that his sister, Linda Demo, 41, of Knoxville, would never lead a normal life again without a kidney transplant, he offered her one of his. Demo lost one kidney from a congenital kidney disease 16 years previously and had been dependent on a dialysis machine for survival since January 1985.
25 Years Ago
Bill and Mary Lindsey of South Harriman were on vacation in Florida when they witnessed the explosion of the Challenger space shuttle. They were on their way to Epcot Center and saw the shuttle go up, cross back over, and explode. It was a shock they said they didn’t expect to forget for a long time.
U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Randy D. Rollins was recently presented with the Lt. Gen. Leo Marquez Award for being named the U.S. Air Force in Europe Marquez Award recipient.
The award is presented to maintenance, communications-electronics maintainers who have demonstrated the highest degree of sustained job performance, efficiency, knowledge and results, and have had direct involvement in sortie (aircraft flight mission) generation.
Son of Pleas and Diana Rollins of Rockwood, the technical sergeant is a 1999 graduate of Rockwood High School.