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  • ROCKWOOD: Further investigation asked for on visitor center

    A probe of Rockwood Revitalization Inc. will continue.

    An investigation by the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury found the organization did not comply with the terms of a grant it received for a visitors center.

    The Roane County grand jury reviewed the comptroller’s report on Monday.

    “The grand jury found that additional investigation should be required,” an addendum to the grand jury report said.

  • Ice-storm sleepover at RMC

    Roane Medical Center beds were a little more full over the past 10 days, but not necessarily with patients.

    Many of them were filled with employees who stayed over during the worst of the ice and snow to make sure patients got the care they needed.

    Jason Pilant, vice president and CEO of the hospital, said a dedicated staff and emergency planning drills helped the facility take the difficult weather in stride.

    “From a staffing perspective, we’re really fortunate,” Pilant said.

  • Tax-time traffic cop

    KAITLIN KEANE/Roane Newspapers
    With Saturday’s property tax deadline fast approaching and weather closures abundant, people showed up in droves on Wednesday to make their payments at the Roane County Trustee’s office. The line stretched down the first floor of the courthouse. Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy R.B. Stone directed traffic to keep a steady flow.  
     

  • Sex offenders charged with breaking into home

    Two registered sex offenders are accused of breaking into a home on Blue Springs Road. Daniel Nunley and Terry Kincannon are charged with aggravated burglary in the Jan. 8 incident.

    Kincannon was arrested on Jan. 11. Nunley was arrested on Feb. 15.

  • 911 no matter what

    The recent freezing death of a Roane County man reminded Mike Hooks, E-911 director and County Commissioner, of a fact some may not realize:
    Even when a cellphone is out of minutes, it can call 911.
    Hooks said he’d heard reports that Tony Dean Stanley, a 44-year-old Roane County man who died of hypothermia last week, did not have minutes on his phone.
    “Those phones can still call 911,” said Hooks.
    Hooks said as long as a cellphone has a charge, it can be used to call the emergency number.

  • State taking over Roane property reappraisals

    Updated, with additional quotes

    Roane County's upcoming property reappraisal is now out of the hands of the man who pledged to lower them on the campaign trail almost three years ago.

    Over Property Assessor David Morgan's pleas for his office to continue to work on the appraisals, the State Board of Equalization voted unanimously Thursday afternoon in Nashville for the state to take over the task.

  • No school in Roane County on Friday

    It's an even two weeks for Roane County students.

    Director of Schools Gary Aytes made the call late Thursday morning to close schools on Friday due to the added snowfall East Tennessee received overnight.

    The school system has one more snow day remaining after Friday. Aytes said he hopes students can return to class on Monday.

  • Aytes: Thursday school closing based on snow in forecast

    A chance of snow in the forecast for Wednesday afternoon into Thursday is the reason Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes cited for closing school on Thursday.

    "I believe we would have gone without the additional snow," he said Wednesday afternoon.

    Aytes said the decision was based on the forecast, not what he was seeing on the weather radar.

    "I don't think there's any way we can avoid it," he added.

  • Grand jury clears deputy Mayes in shooting

    The Roane County grand jury declined to indict Sheriff’s Deputy John Mayes in the Feb. 9 shooting of Christopher Lee Powers.

    After more than an hour of video presentation, testimony and discussion about the shooting, the grand jury determined Mayes’ actions were appropriate and may have even prevented others from harm.

    The shooting happened at the Airport Road Exit ramp off Interstate 40. District Attorney General Russell Johnson asked the TBI to investigate the incident.

  • Winter continues its torment

    A man was found unresponsive on the side of Interstate 40 Monday afternoon. Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton responded and called for an ambulance when he arrived at the scene.

    “I don’t know if he was suffering from frost bite, hypothermia or having a medical issue,” Stockton said. “It was hard to tell.”

    Stockton said they were eventually able to get the unresponsive man moving.

    “He may have been a transient,” Stockton said. “I’m not sure.”