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Remembering 40 Years: A Timeline
Remembering 40 Years: A Timeline

Maybe it’s a song on the radio that reminds us of Roane State’s beginnings, or catching an old movie on cable TV. In this timeline, we remember moments in Roane State history, mixed with history from pop culture and world events. Weaving these moments puts into context how much has changed since the first students walked through Roane State’s doors. 

Eight men have served as president of the United States. The Vietnam War ended, and other wars began. The first woman was appointed to the Supreme Court. We’ve gone from buying tickets to The Godfather at the box office to ordering Slumdog Millionaire on Netflix, from listening to Love Will Keep Us Together on the radio to downloading Need You Now on iTunes.

Enjoy this look back at 40 years of class. We hope the timeline brings back warm memories.

1971

Roane State Moment
The college opens in temporary quarters at the former Fairmont Elementary School in Harriman with 323 students enrolled and 20 faculty members.

Oscar for Best Picture
The French Connection

Oscar for Best Actor/Best Actress
Gene Hackman: The French Connection
Jane Fonda: Klute

Grammy Award for Best New Artist of the Year
Carly Simon

Grammy Award for Record of the Year
It’s Too Late: Carole King

In History
• Supreme Court rules unanimously that busing of students may be ordered to achieve racial desegregation.
• Twenty-sixth amendment to the U.S. Constitution lowers voting age to 18.
• UN seats Communist China and expels Nationalist China.

1972

Roane State Moment
Intercollegiate men’s basketball, baseball and golf begin.

Oscar for Best Picture
The Godfather

Oscar for Best Actor/Best Actress
Marlon Brando: The Godfather
Liza Minnelli: Cabaret

Grammy Award for Best New Artist of the Year
America

Grammy Award for Record of the Year
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face: Roberta Flack

In History
• Five men are apprehended by police in attempt to bug Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington, D.C.’s Watergate complex—start of the Watergate scandal.
• Eleven Israeli athletes at Olympic Games in Munich are killed after eight members of an Arab terrorist group invade Olympic Village; five guerrillas and one policeman are also killed.
• Britain takes over direct rule of Northern Ireland in bid for peace

1973

Roane State Moment
The college moves into its first permanent building on the main campus in Roane County.

Oscar for Best Picture
The Sting

Oscar for Best Actor/Best Actress
Jack Lemmon: Save the Tiger
Glenda Jackson:  A Touch of Class

Grammy Award for Best New Artist of the Year
Bette Midler

Grammy Award for Record of the Year
Killing Me Softly With His Song: Roberta Flack

In History
• Vietnam War ends with signing of peace pacts.
• President Nixon, on national TV, accepts responsibility, but not blame, for Watergate; accepts resignations of advisers H.R. Haldeman and John D. Ehrlichman, fires John W. Dean III as counsel.
• In the “Saturday Night Massacre,” Nixon fires special Watergate prosecutor Archibald Cox and Deputy Attorney General William D. Ruckelshaus; Attorney General Elliot L. Richardson resigns.

1974

Roane State Moment
The college is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the associate’s degree.

Oscar for Best Picture
The Godfather Part II

Oscar for Best Actor/Best Actress
Art Carney: Harry and Tonto
Ellen Burstyn:  Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore

Grammy Award for Best New Artist of the Year
Marvin Hamlisch

Grammy Award for Record of the Year
I Honestly Love You: Olivia Newton-John

Just as Roane State was beginning, the nation was experiencing political turmoil following the Watergate scandal and the resignation of President Richard Nixon.

In History
• Richard Nixon announces he will resign, the first president to do so.
• Patricia Hearst, 19-year-old daughter of publisher Randolph Hearst, is kidnapped by Symbionese Liberation Army.
• President Gerald Ford grants “full, free, and absolute pardon” to ex-president Nixon.

1975

Roane State Moment
The Roane State Chorus begins.

Oscar for Best Picture
One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Oscar for Best Actor/Best Actress
Jack Nicholson: One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Louise Fletcher: One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Grammy Award for Best New Artist of the Year
Natalie Cole

Grammy Award for Record of the Year
Love Will Keep Us Together: Captain & Tennille

In History
• Pol Pot and Khmer Rouge take over Cambodia.
• Apollo and Soyuz spacecraft take off for U.S.-Soviet link-up in space.
• President Ford escapes two assassination attempts in 17 days.

1976

Roane State Moment
Funding is approved for construction of the Technology Building.

Oscar for Best Picture
Rocky

Oscar for Best Actor/Best Actress
Peter Finch: Network
Faye Dunaway: Network

Grammy Award for Best New Artist of the Year
Starland Vocal Band

Grammy Award for Record of the Year
This Masquerade: George Benson

In History
• Nation celebrates bicentennial.
• President Ford signs Federal Election Campaign Act.
• Jimmy Carter is elected president.

1977

Roane State Moment
Groundbreaking is held for the Technology Building on the Roane County campus.

Oscar for Best Picture
Annie Hall
Commentary: Annie Hall somehow beat out Star Wars, which remains a travesty to this day.

Oscar for Best Actor/Best Actress
Richard Dreyfuss: The Goodbye Girl
Diane Keaton: Annie Hall

Grammy Award for Best New Artist of the Year
Debby Boone

Grammy Award for Record of the Year
Hotel California: The Eagles

In History
• The TV miniseries Roots draws an audience of 130 million.
• Elvis Presley, 42, dies at Graceland.
• President Carter pardons Vietnam draft evaders.

1978

Roane State Moment
The first Humanities Festival (now the Academic Festival) is offered with 200 students from Roane County attending.

Oscar for Best Picture
The Deer Hunter

Oscar for Best Actor/Best Actress
Jon Voight: Coming Home
Jane Fonda: Coming Home

Grammy Award for Best New Artist of the Year
Taste Of Honey

Grammy Award for Record of the Year
Just The Way You Are: Billy Joel

In History
• Supreme Court, in Bakke case, bars quota systems in college admissions but affirms constitutionality of programs giving advantage to minorities.
• Pope Paul VI dies. Pope, John Paul I dies unexpectedly after 34 days in office and is succeeded by Karol Cardinal Wojtyla of Poland as John Paul II.
• “Framework for Peace” in Middle East is signed by Egypt’s president Anwar Sadat and Israeli premier Menachem Begin after 13-day conference at Camp David led by President Carter.

1979

Roane State Moment
The Roane State Foundation is formed.

Oscar for Best Picture
Kramer vs. Kramer

Oscar for Best Actor/Best Actress
Dustin Hoffman: Kramer vs. Kramer
Sally Field: Norma Rae

Grammy Award for Best New Artist of the Year
Rickie Lee Jones

Grammy Award for Record of the Year
What A Fool Believes: The Doobie Brothers

In History
• Shah leaves Iran after year of turmoil; revolutionary forces under Muslim leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, take over.
• Nuclear power plant accident at Three Mile Island, Pa., releases radiation.
• Conservatives win British election; Margaret Thatcher is new prime minister.

1980

Roane State Moment
The new Library on the main campus is occupied.

Oscar for Best Picture
Ordinary People

Oscar for Best Actor/Best Actress
Robert De Niro: Raging Bull
Sissy Spacek: Coal Miner’s Daughter

Grammy Award for Best New Artist of the Year
Christopher Cross

Grammy Award for Record of the Year
Sailing: Christopher Cross

In History
• John Lennon of The Beatles is shot dead in New York City.
• Eight U.S. servicemen are killed and five are injured as helicopter and cargo plane collide in abortive desert raid to rescue American hostages in Tehran.
• “Miracle on Ice” U.S. hockey team wins gold at Lake Placid Olympics, including stunning win over the Soviet team.

1981

Roane State Moment
The state Building Commission authorizes pre-planning money for Roane State campus in Oak Ridge.

Oscar for Best Picture
Chariots of Fire
Commentary: Best movie theme ever, except for maybe Gone with the Wind. Best line from Chariots of Fire, “I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast.”

Oscar for Best Actor/Best Actress
Henry Fonda: On Golden Pond
Katharine Hepburn: On Golden Pond

Grammy Award for Best New Artist of the Year
Sheena Easton

Grammy Award for Record of the Year
Bette Davis Eyes: Kim Carnes

In History
• US-Iran agreement frees 52 hostages held in Teheran since 1979.
• Ronald Reagan takes oath as 40th president of the United States.
• Reagan nominates Judge Sandra Day O’Connor of Arizona as first woman on Supreme Court.

1982

Roane State Moment
The Roane State Singers (later Celebration Singers) and Concert Choir grow out of the Roane State Chorus.

Oscar for Best Picture
Gandhi
Commentary: E.T. was a close second.

Oscar for Best Actor/Best Actress
Ben Kingsley: Gandhi
Meryl Streep: Sophie's Choice

Grammy Award for Best New Artist of the Year
Men At Work

Grammy Award for Record of the Year
Rosanna: Toto

In History
• British overcome Argentina in Falklands war.
• Princess Grace, 52, dies of injuries when car plunges off mountain road; daughter Stephanie, 17, suffers serious injuries.
• Permanent artificial heart implanted in human for first time in Dr. Barney B. Clark, 61, at University of Utah Medical Center in Salt Lake City.

1983

Roane State Moment
The Drama Club becomes the Roane State Playmakers.

Oscar for Best Picture
Terms of Endearment

Oscar for Best Actor/Best Actress
Robert Duvall: Tender Mercies
Shirley MacLaine: Terms of Endearment

Grammy Award for Best New Artist of the Year
Culture Club

Grammy Award for Record of the Year
Beat It: Michael Jackson

Sally Ride became the first U.S. woman astronaut in space in 1983. A year later, a group of women at Roane State made history of their own by winning the NJCAA Basketball Championship, the school's only athletic national title.

In History
• Sally K. Ride, 32, becomes first U.S. woman astronaut in space as a crew member aboard space shuttle Challenger.
• Terrorist explosion kills 237 U.S. Marines in Beirut.
• U.S. and Caribbean allies invade Grenada.

1984

Roane State Moment
Roane State women’s basketball team wins the NJCAA Championship.

Oscar for Best Picture
Amadeus
Commentary: The film brought us Falco’s signature hit Rock Me Amadeus.

Oscar for Best Actor/Best Actress
F. Murray Abraham: Amadeus
Sally Field: Places in the Heart

Grammy Award for Best New Artist of the Year
Cyndi Lauper

Grammy Award for Record of the Year
What's Love Got To Do With It: Tina Turner

In History
• Soviet Union withdraws from Summer Olympic in U.S., and other bloc nations follow.
• Congress rebukes President Reagan on use of federal funds for mining Nicaraguan harbor.
• President Reagan is re-elected in landslide with 59 percent of vote.

1985

Roane State Moment
Roane State establishes a branch campus on the Pellissippi Parkway to be shared with the State Technical Institute of Knoxville (later Pellissippi State Community College).

Oscar for Best Picture
Out of Africa

Oscar for Best Actor/Best Actress
William Hurt: Kiss of the Spider Woman
Geraldine Page: The Trip to Bountiful

Grammy Award for Best New Artist of the Year
Sade

Grammy Award for Record of the Year
We Are The World: Written by Lionel Richie & Michael Jackson

In History
• USSR leader Chernenko dies at 73 and is replaced by Mikhail Gorbachev.
• P.L.O. terrorists hijack Achille Lauro, Italian cruise ship, with 80 passengers, plus crew.
• U.S. budget-balancing bill is enacted.

1986

Roane State Moment
The college buys 51 CRT terminals for faculty.

Oscar for Best Picture
Platoon

Oscar for Best Actor/Best Actress
Paul Newman: The Color of Money
Marlee Matlin: Children of a Lesser God

Grammy Award for Best New Artist of the Year
Bruce Hornsby And The Range

Grammy Award for Record of the Year
Higher Love: Steve Winwood

In History
• Space shuttle Challenger explodes after launch at Cape Canaveral, Fla., killing all seven aboard.
• Halley’s comet yields information on return visit.
• Secret initiative to send arms to Iran revealed. President Reagan denies exchanging arms for hostages and halts arms sales. Diversion of funds from arms sales to Nicaraguan Contras revealed.

1987

Roane State Moment
The first annual Boy Scout Merit Badge College is held, a tradition that continues to this day.

Oscar for Best Picture
The Last Emperor

Oscar for Best Actor/Best Actress
Michael Douglas:  Wall Street
Cher: Moonstruck
Commentary: Actresses that Cher beat: Holly Hunter, Glenn Close and Meryl Streep. How is that possible? Also, in honor of Wall Street and Gordon Gekko, one of the best movie characters of all time, let us remember, “Greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed is right. Greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures, the essence of the evolutionary spirit.”

Grammy Award for Best New Artist of the Year
Jody Watley

Grammy Award for Record of the Year
Graceland: Paul Simon

Roane State began in the middle of the Cold War, but in the 1980s, President Reagan declared, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.” The Berlin Wall later fell, and the Cold War came to a close.

In History
• Oliver North Jr. tells congressional inquiry higher officials approved his secret Iran-Contra operations.
• Severe earthquake strikes Los Angeles, leaving 100 injured and six dead.
• Prime Minister Thatcher wins rare third term in Britain.

1988

Roane State Moment
With the establishment of Pellissippi State, Roane State moves its Oak Ridge campus to new sites in Oak Ridge.

Oscar for Best Picture
Rain Man

Oscar for Best Actor/Best Actress
Dustin Hoffman: Rain Man
Jodie Foster: The Accused

Grammy Award for Best New Artist of the Year
Tracy Chapman

Grammy Award for Record of the Year
Don't Worry Be Happy: Bobby McFerrin

In History
• George H.W. Bush is elected president of the United States.
• Pan-Am 747 explodes from terrorist bomb and crashes in Lockerbie, Scotland, killing all 259 aboard and 11 on ground.
• Benazir Bhutto, first Islamic woman prime minister, is chosen to lead Pakistan.

1989

Roane State Moment
Dr. Sherry L. Hoppe becomes Roane State’s second president, succeeding Dr. Cuyler A. Dunbar, who had left Roane State in 1988 to assume the presidency of Catawba Valley Community College in Hickory, N.C.

Oscar for Best Picture
Driving Miss Daisy

Oscar for Best Actor/Best Actress
Daniel Day Lewis: My Left Foot
Jessica Tandy: Driving Miss Daisy

Grammy Award for Best New Artist of the Year
Milli Vanilli
Commentary: The award was later revoked after it was revealed that Milli Vanilli did not actually sing lead vocals on their album.

Grammy Award for Record of the Year
Wind Beneath My Wings: Bette Midler

In History
• Tens of thousands of Chinese students take over Beijing’s Tiananmen Square in rally for democracy.
• After 28 years, Berlin Wall is open to West.
• U.S. troops invade Panama, seeking capture of Gen. Manuel Noriega.

1990

Roane State Moment
A new teaching site in Campbell County opens in Woodson’s Mall

Oscar for Best Picture
Dances With Wolves
Commentary: Nothing against Kevin Costner, but Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas should have won.

Oscar for Best Actor/Best Actress
Jeremy Irons: Reversal of Fortune
Kathy Bates: Misery

Grammy Award for Best New Artist of the Year
Mariah Carey

Grammy Award for Record of the Year
Another Day In Paradise: Phil Collins

In History
• World Wide Web debuts, popularizes Internet.
• Hubble Space Telescope is launched.
• Margaret Thatcher resigns as British prime minister.

1991

Roane State Moment
Telecourse programming begins with two video courses in the fall and three more in the spring.

Oscar for Best Picture
The Silence of the Lambs

Oscar for Best Actor/Best Actress
Anthony Hopkins:  The Silence of the Lambs
Jodie Foster: The Silence of the Lambs

Grammy Award for Best New Artist of the Year
Marc Cohn

Grammy Award for Record of the Year
Unforgettable: Natalie Cole

In History
• U.S. and Allies are at war with Iraq.
• Boris N. Yeltsin inaugurated as first freely elected president of Russian Republic.
• Soviet Union breaks up after President Gorbachev’s resignation; constituent republics form Commonwealth of Independent States.

1992

Roane State Moment
Roane State becomes the first Tennessee community college to offer classes through live video teleconferencing.

Oscar for Best Picture
Unforgiven

Oscar for Best Actor/Best Actress
Al Pacino: Scent of a Woman
Emma Thompson: Howards End

Grammy Award for Best New Artist of the Year
Arrested Development

Grammy Award for Record of the Year
Tears In Heaven: Eric Clapton

In History
• Four police officers acquitted in Los Angeles beating of Rodney King; rioting erupts in South-Central Los Angeles.
• Bill Clinton is elected president of the United States.
• Johnny Carson hosts The Tonight Show for the last time. He had ruled late-night television for 20 years.

1993

Roane State Moment
More than 1,600 students enroll in 42 credit telecourses during the year while 690 take 20 interactive classes.

Oscar for Best Picture
Schindler’s List

Oscar for Best Actor/Best Actress
Tom Hanks:  Philadelphia
Holly Hunter: The Piano

Grammy Award for Best New Artist of the Year
Toni Braxton

Grammy Award for Record of the Year
I Will Always Love You: Whitney Houston

In History
• U.S. begins airlift of supplies to besieged town in Bosnia.
• Five arrested, sixth sought in bombing of World Trade Center in New York.
• Iraq accepts UN weapons monitoring.

1994

Roane State Moment
Roane State’s Scott County campus opens in Huntsville. Students first have email access.

Oscar for Best Picture
Forrest Gump
Commentary: “Life is like a box of chocolates …”

Oscar for Best Actor/Best Actress
Tom Hanks: Forrest Gump  
Jessica Lange: Blue Sky

Grammy Award for Best New Artist of the Year
Sheryl Crow
Commentary: Yippee, a best new artist who actually matters.

Grammy Award for Record of the Year
All I Wanna Do: Sheryl Crow

Nelson Mandela was in prison when Roane State first opened. In 1994, he became South Africa's first democratically elected president, a representation of the immense change in that country from apartheid to majority rule. Mandela is shown with President Bill Clinton.

In History
• Nelson Mandela is elected president of South Africa.
• O. J. Simpson is arrested in killings of wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and friend, Ronald Goldman.
• Baseball owners end season and cancel World Series.

1995

Roane State Moment
The Loudon County Higher Education Center moves from Loudon to Lenoir City.  The site was shared with JTPA and located in a former grocery store.

Oscar for Best Picture
Braveheart

Oscar for Best Actor/Best Actress
Nicolas Cage: Leaving Las Vegas
Susan Sarandon: Dead Man Walking

Grammy Award for Best New Artist of the Year
Hootie & The Blowfish

Grammy Award for Record of the Year
Kiss From A Rose: Seal

In History
• Scores killed as terrorist's car bomb blows up block-long Oklahoma City federal building.
• Los Angeles jury finds O. J. Simpson not guilty of murder charges.
• Major League Baseball strike ends.

1996

Roane State Moment
The college offers its first classes on the World Wide Web.

Oscar for Best Picture
The English Patient

Oscar for Best Actor/Best Actress
Geoffrey Rush: Shine
Frances McDormand: Fargo

Grammy Award for Best New Artist of the Year
LeAnn Rimes

Grammy Award for Record of the Year
Change The World: Eric Clapton

In History
• Prince Charles and Princess Diana agree on divorce.
• Bomb mars summer Olympic Games in Atlanta.
• Clinton-Gore ticket wins national election.

1997

Roane State Moment
The college first offers dual studies, courses which allow high school students to earn college credit and high school credit at the same time. The college also opens the O’Brien Humanities Building on the main campus.

Oscar for Best Picture
Titanic

Oscar for Best Actor/Best Actress
Jack Nicholson: As Good as It Gets
Helen Hunt: As Good as It Gets

Grammy Award for Best New Artist of the Year
Paula Cole

Grammy Award for Record of the Year
Sunny Came Home: Shawn Colvin

In History
• Hale-Bopp comet is the closest it will be to Earth until 4397.
• Princess Diana, 36, killed with two others in Paris car crash.
• Tiger Woods breaks multiple records in Masters golf tournament.

1998

Roane State Moment
Roane State holds dedication ceremony for Cumberland County campus and opens Knox County Center for Health Sciences.

Oscar for Best Picture
Shakespeare in Love
Commentary: This much-maligned best picture winner still holds up pretty well after more than a decade.

Oscar for Best Actor/Best Actress
Roberto Benigni: Life Is Beautiful
Gwyneth Paltrow: Shakespeare in Love

Grammy Award for Best New Artist of the Year
Lauryn Hill

Grammy Award for Record of the Year
My Heart Will Go On: Celine Dion

In History
• Europeans agree on single currency, the euro.
• House impeaches President Clinton along party lines on two charges, perjury and obstruction of justice.
• University of Tennessee football team completes perfect season, wins national title.

1999

Roane State Moment
The college opens the Oak Ridge campus in its permanent location.

Oscar for Best Picture
American Beauty

Oscar for Best Actor/Best Actress
Kevin Spacey: American Beauty
Hilary Swank: Boys Don't Cry

Grammy Award for Best New Artist of the Year
Christina Aguilera

Grammy Award for Record of the Year
Smooth: Rob Thomas & Santana

In History
• Senate acquits President Clinton of impeachment charges.
• Five-year-old Cuban refugee Elián González gets caught in politically charged custody battle.
• NATO launches air strikes on Serbia to end attacks against ethnic Albanians in Kosovo.

2000

Roane State Moment
The second major building phase for the Expo Center is completed. William S. Fuqua III serves as interim president after Dr. Sherry Hoppe leaves to become president of Austin Peay State University.

Oscar for Best Picture
Gladiator
Commentary: “Are you not entertained? Are you not entertained?”

Oscar for Best Actor/Best Actress
Russell Crowe: Gladiator
Julia Roberts: Erin Brockovich

Grammy Award for Best New Artist of the Year
Shelby Lynne

Grammy Award for Record of the Year
Beautiful Day: U2

In History
• Supreme Court seals George W. Bush’s victory in presidential election by 5–4; rules there can be no further recounting.
• Elián González returns to Cuba with father.
• Human genome deciphered; expected to revolutionize the practice of medicine.

2001

Roane State Moment
The Loudon County Higher Education Center opens in its permanent location, sharing space with a public library and the Loudon Career Center. Dr. Wade B. McCamey becomes Roane State’s third president.

Oscar for Best Picture
A Beautiful Mind

Oscar for Best Actor/Best Actress
Denzel Washington: Training Day
Halle Berry: Monster’s Ball

Grammy Award for Best New Artist of the Year
Alicia Keys

Grammy Award for Record of the Year
Walk On: U2

The Roane State community, and communities around the world, mourned following 9/11. President George W. Bush waving to rescue workers remains one of the indelible images following the attacks.

In History
• Hijackers ram jetliners into twin towers of New York City’s World Trade Center and the Pentagon. A fourth hijacked plane crashes 80 miles outside of Pittsburgh. Toll of dead is more than 3,000. Within days, Islamic militant Osama bin Laden and the al-Qaeda terrorist network are identified as the parties behind the attacks.
• In response to Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, U.S. and British forces launch bombing campaign against Taliban government and al-Qaeda terrorist camps in Afghanistan. Bombings continue on a daily basis.
• Enron Corp., one of world’s largest energy companies, files for bankruptcy.

2002

Roane State Moment
Enrollment exceeds 5,000 students.

Oscar for Best Picture
Chicago

Oscar for Best Actor/Best Actress
Adrien Brody:  The Pianist
Nicole Kidman: The Hours

Grammy Award for Best New Artist of the Year
Norah Jones

Grammy Award for Record of the Year
Don't Know Why: Norah Jones

In History
• The euro currency debuts in 12 European countries.
• President Bush addresses United Nations, calls for a “regime change” in Iraq.
• WorldCom, after admitting to misstating profits, files for bankruptcy—largest claim in U.S. history.

2003

Roane State Moment
The college provides leadership in developing the Big South Fork P-16 Council.

Oscar for Best Picture
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Oscar for Best Actor/Best Actress
Sean Penn: Mystic River
Charlize Theron: Monster

Grammy Award for Best New Artist of the Year
Evanescence

Grammy Award for Record of the Year
Clocks: Coldplay

In History
• The United States and Britain launch war against Iraq.
• NATO assumes control of peacekeeping force in Afghanistan.
• Space shuttle Columbia explodes, killing all seven astronauts.

2004

Roane State Moment
Fentress County campus opens.

Oscar for Best Picture
Million Dollar Baby

Oscar for Best Actor/Best Actress
Jamie Foxx: Ray
Hilary Swank: Million Dollar Baby

Grammy Award for Best New Artist of the Year
Maroon 5

Grammy Award for Record of the Year
Here We Go Again: Norah Jones and Ray Charles

In History
• President George W. Bush is re-elected.
• U.S.’s final report on Iraq’s weapons finds no WMDs.
• Enormous tsunami devastates Asia.

2005

Roane State Moment
Roane State’s Campbell County campus is completed. Dr. Gary Goff becomes president of Roane State, succeeding Dr. Wade B. McCamey, who had become president of Walters State.

Oscar for Best Picture
Crash

Oscar for Best Actor/Best Actress
Philip Seymour Hoffman: Capote
Reese Witherspoon: Walk the Line

Grammy Award for Best New Artist of the Year
John Legend

Grammy Award for Record of the Year
Boulevard Of Broken Dreams: Green Day

In History
• Pope John Paul II dies. Benedict XVI becomes the next pope.
• Hurricane Katrina wreaks catastrophic damage on the Gulf Coast.
• About 11 million Iraqis (70 percent of the country’s registered voters) turn out to select their first permanent Parliament since the overthrow of Saddam Hussein.

2006

Roane State Moment
The Tennessee Board of Regents approved the establishment of Roane State’s Morgan County campus.

Oscar for Best Picture
The Departed

Oscar for Best Actor/Best Actress
Forest Whitaker: The Last King of Scotland
Helen Mirren: The Queen

Grammy Award for Best New Artist of the Year
Carrie Underwood

Grammy Award for Record of the Year
Not Ready To Make Nice: Dixie Chicks

In History
• Saddam Hussein is convicted of crimes against humanity by an Iraqi court and executed.
• A Danish newspaper challenges taboos against illustrations of Muhammad by printing several negative cartoons depicting him.
• U.S. House  of Representatives releases a report on the response to Hurricane Katrina, assigning blame on all levels of government .

2007

Roane State Moment
Roane State launches a nine-month Leadership Institute for all employees. The program is later named the Paul Goldberg Leadership Institute.

Oscar for Best Picture
No Country for Old Men

Oscar for Best Actor/Best Actress
Daniel Day-Lewis: There Will Be Blood
Marion Cotillard: La Vie en Rose

Grammy Award for Best New Artist of the Year
Amy Winehouse

Grammy Award for Record of the Year
Rehab: Amy Winehouse

In History
• The U.S. begins its “surge” of some 30,000 troops to Iraq to stem increasingly deadly attacks by insurgents and militias.
• California Democrat Nancy Pelosi becomes the first woman speaker of the House and will preside over the 100th Congress.
• Peyton Manning-led Indianapolis Colts win the Super Bowl.

2008

Roane State Moment
The college’s Morgan County campus opens.

Oscar for Best Picture
Slumdog Millionaire

Oscar for Best Actor/Best Actress
Sean Penn: Milk
Kate Winslet: The Reader

Grammy Award for Best New Artist of the Year
Adele

Grammy Award for Record of the Year
Please Read The Letter: Alison Krauss & Robert Plant

In History
• Democratic senator Barack Obama wins the presidential election, becoming the first African-American to be elected president of the United States.
• President George W. Bush announces plans to lend General Motors and Chrysler $17.4 billion to survive the next three months.
• Eli Manning-led New York Giants win the Super Bowl.

2009

Roane State Moment
The college receives an $880,000 federal grant for the Cumberland Business Incubator (CBI), which opens two years later.

Oscar for Best Picture
The Hurt Locker

Oscar for Best Actor/Best Actress
Jeff Bridges: Crazy Heart
Sandra Bullock: The Blind Side
Commentary: If you have not seen Crazy Heart, check it out sometime.

Grammy Award for Best New Artist of the Year
Zac Brown Band

Grammy Award for Record of the Year
Use Somebody: Kings Of Leon

In History
• President Obama signs the $787 billion stimulus package into law.
• After apparently striking a flock of geese, US Airways Flight 1549, en route from La Guardia Airport, New York City, to Charlotte, N.C., is forced to land in the Hudson River. All 150 passengers and five crew members survive. The pilot, Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger III, is hailed as the “Hero of the Hudson” for his quick thinking and deft landing of the plane.
• Bernard Madoff, who admitted to operating a massive Ponzi scheme that defrauded his many clients out of billions of dollars over the past 20 years, pleads guilty to 11 counts of fraud, money laundering, perjury and theft.

2010

Roane State Moment
Roane State completes its fundraising campaign to support expansion of the college’s Oak Ridge campus, and the project receives final approval from the Tennessee Board of Regents.

Oscar for Best Picture
The King’s Speech

Oscar for Best Actor/Best Actress
Colin Firth: The King’s Speech
Natalie Portman: Black Swan

Grammy Award for Best New Artist of the Year
Esperanza Spalding

Grammy Award for Record of the Year
Need You Now: Lady Antebellum

In History
An explosion and fire on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico sends millions of gallons of oil into the sea.
• A 7.0-magnitude earthquake devastates Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
• The House of Representatives passes a bill to overhaul the American healthcare system.

2011

Roane State Moment
The college begins celebrating its 40th anniversary.

We’ll find out in 2012 which movie will win Best Picture and which artist will have the year’s best song. Years from now, we’ll know which events stand out in history. In the meantime, Roane State continues to provide an outstanding education thanks to its world-class faculty and to serve as a place of higher learning in communities from Jamestown to Oak Ridge.

Sources
www.infoplease.com
www.grammy.com
www.oscars.org
Photos: National Archives and Records Administration

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