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Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Feb. 6

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By Cheryl Duncan, Assistant Editor

25 Years Ago
Rockwood fire officials were unsure what caused a blaze that destroyed a downtown landmark. The Mourfield Hotel was built in 1897 and neighbored Rockwood First Christian Church on West Rockwood Street. A first-floor resident, Freeman Denney, 79, told authorities he found his apartment on fire after going upstairs to see if frozen pipes had thawed.

10 Years Ago
The late Frank Qualls’ 17 years of public service was officially cited in a ceremony naming the Roane County Commission meeting room in his honor. The former county judge’s and county attorney’s accomplishments include his work to find a site and build the current courthouse. He also was instrumental in bringing Roane State Community College to the area.

Five Years Ago
Kingston celebrated the opening of the new Buddy’s Bar-B-Q at the former Dairy Queen site. The Knoxville-based company completely renovated the building’s exterior, with its new look boasting rusting wooden siding and a pitched roof.

One Year Ago
Kingston Police Department destroyed a cache of counterfeit bags seized three years ago in an investigation of the Sack Shack, a former Kingston business accused of selling knock-offs of brand-named items such as Coach and Louis Vuitton. Police estimated the merchandise would have been worth in excess of $500,000 if it had been the real deal.