10-20-40 YEARS AGO


City and county officials were going to be “on the job and at the controls” overnight Dec. 31 in case the dreaded Y2K computer bug needed attention.

US 79 highway construction through Rockdale, and its accompanying impact on businesses and drivers, was selected as the top continuing story of 1999.

Top story of the 1990s decades was, of course, Rockdale’s up and down ride with the fortunes of Alcoa, which ended the decade with five of its eight potlines making metal.

Richards Memorial Hospital’s emergency room was offering “telemedicine,” treatment over a two-way television screen by Houston physicians.


Rockd a le’s Save R icha rd s Memorial Hospital effort, which generated almost $300,000 in one year and kept the hospital from closing its doors, was named the top story of 1989.

Alcoa’s Rockdale Operations ended the year planning a takeover of Sandow Power Plant Units 1, 2 and 3 from TU Electric. Alcoa had taken over mining operations the previous year.

The South Milam County United Way drive was at $690,709, 140 percent of its goal, according to drive chairman Adrin Fletcher.

A house fire call to a Yokley Street address turned out to be ruptured water pipes in the attic from near-zero temperatures, causing considerable damage to the residence.


Christmas Roundup, cosponsored by Rockdale Christian Church and St. John’s United Methodist Church, distributed toys to 114 children.

The Johnnie Matl home captured first place in the city’s residential Christmas decorations contest for the second straight year.

William Maddox, night watchman for the Rockdale Police Department, caught and arrested a 26-year-old Dallas man trying to break into Aliene’s Shop downtown.

A crowd estimated between 1,200 and 1,500 viewed the annual Singing Christmas Tree performance in the Lexington High School gym.

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