Jimmy Trotter, left, and Lee Johnston, right, perform during “Hee Haw Howdy” at the Ruffin Theater in Covington. Leader files, Oct. 21, 1998

A look back at Leader headlines from five, 10, 15 and 20 years ago:

October 21, 1998

Dyersburg State officials announced that the Covington campus would be named in honor of Rep. Jimmy Naifeh.

October 15, 2003

Three people were killed and a fourth was injured in a car crash at Highway 51 and Bert Johnston Avenue that took place during the barbecue festival.

October 17, 2008

Led by London Hill, the Brighton High boys’ golf team traveled to Murfreesboro and took eighth in the Class AAA state golf tournament.

October 17, 2013

Tipton County Sheriff’s Office deputies discovered 24 pit bulls at a home in Covington and believed they had been used for organized dog fighting.

Jeff Ireland is The Leader's sports editor. To contact him, call 901-476-7116 or email​