Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Sept. 29

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By Mary Jo Hooker

25 Years Ago
A 1949 model pumper was Kingston’s first fire truck, the only unit the city had for 15 years. After a new unit was purchased, city employees eventually restored the 1949 pumper as a showpiece in area parades and other events.

10 Years Ago
In a ceremony in Harriman, Melvin Page was supposed to be honored for serving his country. Instead he paid tribute to his fallen comrades. Page, who was wounded three times while serving in Vietnam, was presented his service medals by Toby Owens, commander with the Roane County Military Memorial Honor Guard. “I have been called a hero,” Page said. “Heroes are the ones who are in the graveyards. I accept this on behalf of those who made the supreme sacrifice.”

Five Years Ago
Oliver Springs siblings, Keith Rather and Missy Morgan, were doing well after their surgeries to transplant one of Missy’s kidneys into her brother. Rather had been on dialysis for months after his kidneys started to fail. Missy was a near-perfect match, but was required to lose 65 pounds first. While Rather will have to take anti-rejection medicine for the rest of his life and Morgan will have to have a kidney assessment yearly, Morgan said she wouldn’t change a thing. She hopes her quick recovery encourages others to donate. At her two-week check up, everything was completely healed.

One Year Ago
Because of its central location, Midtown Volunteer Fire Department became the automatic mutual aid for other volunteer fire departments in 2008. The fire chiefs say it has led to an improvement in their ability to fight fires, but the increase in usage of the equipment began to take a toll. Midtown Fire Chief Randy Scarborough said one of his trucks might need a new engine.