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  • SMOKEY & the BANDIT
  • HEARTS, FLOWERS & SWEETS FOR VALENTINE’S
  • Man accused of hocking hot computer

    A trip to U.S. Money Shops didn’t end well for Garrett Gielissen. He was arrested there on a theft warrant.

    The theft reportedly happened at Walmart.

    On Feb. 7, Rockwood Police Department Detective Dwayne Gray responded to the Walmart to speak with loss prevention officer Joey Foster.

  • Amorous teen pops in, cops called out

    A teen’s apparent attempt at romance went awry last week.

    Darrell Blain Money also startled an elderly homeowner in the process.

    According to a Rockwood police report, Sgt. Jason Halliburton was dispatched to 607 Crestview Drive, where he spoke to 83-year-old Wanda Robinson, the homeowner.

    “Wanda Robinson said she came to her house and smelled popcorn, which was odd because no one should have been there,” the report said. “She saw a white male with curly hair, a tank top shirt, shorts and no shoes in her den.”

  • TVA eyes landfill expansion

    TVA is looking to expand the footprint of a dry storage landfill at the Kingston Fossil Plant and wants the public to comment on the plan.

    “Public comments are always important,” TVA spokesman Scott Brooks said Monday. “In this case, they can alert us to issues we need to consider that we may not be aware of or raise general questions we should answer in the assessment.”

    According to a press release, TVA is already operating a permitted dry landfill at the fossil plant for coal ash and gypsum.

  • TVA repairing Hwy. 70 levee

    From staff reports

    The Tennessee Valley Authority will be making repairs and reinforcements to the levee along Hwy. 70 near Roane County High School.

    Heavy rains in November caused a mudslide damaging an area about 75-by-4-feet about 10 feet from the road, said TVA spokesman Scott Fielder.

    Damage to the structure is minor and poses no threat to the community. TVA inspects the levee on a weekly basis, he said.

  • McDonald’s employee gets Big Smack

    An elderly Rockwood man is accused of slugging a male employee at the McDonald’s on Gateway Avenue.

    According to the report, Rockwood Police Officer Jared Hall responded to the restaurant on Wednesday to investigate a report about a fight.

    “Once on scene I spoke to Bobby Tweed, who told me that he was overcharged on his food,” the report said.

    “He said he tried using a phone an employee gave him to call a McDonald’s home office. Mr. Tweed became very upset and loud because of the situation.”

  • Chasing the Dragon
  • McElhaney up for shelter head

    Stacey McElhaney is in position to become director of the Roane County Animal Shelter.

    She’s been the interim director since last fall, when John Griffin was removed as director.

    “I think she’s earned her stripes to be the director,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

    The Roane County Commission meets in regular session at 7 p.m. Monday. An item under special orders is requesting that Commission confirm McElhaney’s appointment.

    “I think she’s done a good job,” Woody said.

  • RIDING HIGH at the circus