Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of May 8

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By Cheryl Duncan, Assistant Editor

25 Years Ago
Harriman’s three-year hiatus from producing paper on the banks of the Emory River looked to be at an end, with Clinch River Corp. poised to open the former Harriman Paperboard. The company was accepting applications for what it hoped would eventually be 120 jobs with a goal of producing 280 tons of corrugated paper per day. A water-quality issue that had promised to be an obstacle in getting back online was solved with a closed-loop system in which the black liquor byproduct of the paper-manufacturing process was to be loaded into tanker cars and hauled offsite for recycling.

10 Years Ago
Think it’s been wet this week? A days’-long deluge in 2003 rose Watts Bar Lake to record levels, washed out roads, caused power outages and closed schools. Sidewalks and ramps to Caney Creek Marina boat ramps were flooded, and Kingston City Park was roped off to keep people away from playground equipment that was half under water. Roane County Emergency Management Director Howie Rose said damage assessments were still under way, and he planned to file paperwork to get the county declared a disaster area.

Five Years Ago
An Ohio-based developer was eyeing 60 prime acres of property along the Clinch River to bring a new resort to Roane County. Trouble was, it was the kind of resort most in the area said they could do without. Rosebud Lodge was described on a website as a place where adults could escape from work, children, family, neighbors, city life and — for at least three weeks each month — clothing. A website declaring this plan and intentions to cater to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender lifestyles was tamed down after a Roane County News online article. That first impression, however, was a lasting one for area residents, who scrambled to let their county leaders know how they felt. “I don’t think the courthouse is going to be big enough to hold all the people,” said Warren Kocher, a member of the Roane County Planning Commission.

One Year Ago
After a nationwide search that attracted applicants from Florida to Massachusetts, Roane County Board of Education decided that one of its own should succeed Toni McGriff as director of schools. “I think he deserves the opportunity,” longtime school board member Mike “Brillo” Miller said of Gary Aytes. “I think he’ll do a good job for our school system, and I’m tickled to death to be able to vote for [him].” Aytes was the school system’s elementary education supervisor, and it took the school board about five minutes to unanimously vote for him to fill the school district’s top position.