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  • Worker loses hand on the job

    A worker at Proton Power’s Rockwood facility had his hand cut off on March 19.

    The accident happened around 11 p.m.

    “Evidently he was unclogging a machine and got his hand stuck in whatever cuts the bales of hay,” Rockwood Fire Department Capt. Kenny Lower said.

    Proton Power President Sam Weaver identified the worker as Melvin Clark.

    Weaver said doctors at a hospital in Louisville, Ky., were able to reattach Clark’s hand.

  • Murder-for-hire suspect makes bond

    A former Marine charged in a murder-for-hire plot is no longer in custody.

    Laura Ann Buckingham was released from the Roane County Jail on a $150,000 bond on Tuesday.

    Under the terms of the agreement, she cannot leave the state and must wear a GPS monitoring device while out on bond.

    Buckingham, 29, had been in jail since Feb. 24 on a charge of criminal attempt to commit first-degree murder.

    She is accused of trying to have Bradley Sutherland of Indiana killed. Sutherland is the father of Buckingham’s 3-year-old son.

  • State OKs bids for Roane road superintendent

    Roane County road superintendent candidate Brian Mullins was certified by the Tennessee Highway Officials Certification Board last week.

    “We’re on a little conference call when that goes on,” Mullins said. “It took them about five seconds to do it. It was just simple, sweet, short, in and out.”

    County road superintendent candidates have to be certified by the board in order to run for the job.

    The board, which meets in Nashville, has certified four Roane County candidates so far.

  • ‘Titanic’ screening today

    The blockbuster “Titanic” will be shown at 7 p.m. Friday in the Princess Theatre in downtown Harriman. Admission is free; donations are requested to fund future Roane State Community College Arts and Lectures events.

    “Titanic” is rated PG-13 for disaster-related violence, nudity, sensuality and brief language.

    Call 865-481-2000, Ext. 2205 for details or to suggest future movies to be shown in the film series.

  • Controlled burns underway on DOE-Oak Ridge lands

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Office is undergoing a series of controlled burns of grassland areas on the Oak Ridge Reservation for prescribed burning at East Tennessee Technology Park and Oak Ridge National Laboratory through the end of April.

    Weather permitting, controlled burns are taking place at:

    • Upper First Creek Bottoms at ORNL, about 1.5 acres;

    • ORNL East Campus native grass planting, about 7.1 acres;

    • Bethel Valley Delphinium Management, about 3 acres;

  • Rabies found in dogs in midstate

    The Tennessee Department of Health has recently confirmed a diagnosis of rabies in two dogs in Middle Tennessee.

    One puppy died in Wilson County in February and was submitted for rabies testing.

    A second dog was submitted for testing in February from DeKalb County.

    Both dogs had a strain of rabies found in skunks, meaning they were likely infected by being bitten by skunks.

    “The deaths of these animals serve as a somber reminder of the importance of rabies vaccination,” said Tennessee Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner.

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  • Firms commit to rural broadband

    In today’s fast-paced society, high-speed Internet access is almost a must.

    For years, however, many areas South of the River have been on the outside looking in when it comes to high-speed access. But that could soon change.

    “I’ve been talking with AT&T and Charter for the last two years about expanding that service in that area, and now construction has started,” state Rep. Kent Calfee said Monday morning. “This is a great thing for that part of Roane County.”

  • Court tells Houston prosecutor to respond

    Assistant U.S. Attorney David Jennings has more work to do in the Rocky Houston case.

    The U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals sent him a letter last week directing him to file a response to a request for a new hearing in the case.

    Houston is serving a nine-year sentence in federal prison for being a convicted felon in possession of firearms. Jennings prosecuted the case for the government.

    A three-judge panel of the Sixth Circuit upheld the conviction on appeal, but Houston now wants the case heard by all the judges that serve in the Sixth Circuit.

  • Holy Week Helping Hand: Rockwood churches feed body and soul

    Churches in the Rockwood area are working together this week for a great cause.

    Rockwood First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is hosting a daily luncheon, with all the money raised going to Rockwood Ministerial Association’s Food Pantry.

    “This is Christians coming together for a great cause,” First Christian Church Pastor Kara Foster said. “We’ll eat, fellowship and have a brief worship. We have all different kinds of churches here.”