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  • 'I miss my mom': Son says prison saved Ray’s life

    For Melissa Ray, “Meth Destroys” is not just a slogan. It’s a painful reality.

    “I spent my life trying to build a family, a home and a decent life until one day I became a meth addict,” she said.

    “It consumed my life. I slowly watched my children and everything I worked for being taken away from me.”

    Freedom was one of the final things she lost.

  • Bingham new chief of staff

    The 2012-13 medical staff officers have been elected for Roane Medical Center, with Dr. Terry Bingham leading the team.

    Bingham is the new chief of staff of the Harriman hospital. He has practiced as a general surgeon at Roane Medical Center since July 1981.

    As chief of staff, Bingham serves as the principal elected official and will provide oversight and direction for all members of the medical staff.

    He acquires the position from past chief of staff Dr. Rodney McMillin, who fulfilled the role for nearly four years.

  • Roane County under tornado warning until 1 p.m. EST
  • Roane County under tornado watch until 11 p.m. EST
  • Getting all gussied up
  • VW center set to break ground

    A groundbreaking ceremony for Volkswagen’s parts distribution center at Roane Regional Business and Technology Park is scheduled for March 13.

    Carsten Krebs, director of corporate communications for Volkswagen, said the company looks forward to working with Roane County.

    “We are quite excited about this,” he said. “We have had really good conversations, and we get the feeling it’s a really good partnership.”

    County officials are equally as excited.

  • Rockwood again under state scrutiny

    Taking steps to eliminate the fund balance deficit is just one of several items the Tennessee Comptroller’s Office has told Rockwood officials they need to remedy.

    In a Feb. 16 letter, auditor Marcee Burnett of the Comptroller’s Division of Municipal Audit wrote that she did a limited review of the annual financial report for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2010.

    “The report disclosed that the general fund had an ending deficit fund balance of $195,544 at year end,” she wrote.

  • Plea deal in works for man accused of raping 4-year-old

    A man accused of raping a 4-year-old is close to reaching a plea deal, according to lawyers involved in the case.

    David L. Dodd, 42, was indicted in October 2008 on one count of child rape.

    “We think we’re close in negotiations to settle that,” Dodd attorney Chris Cawood said. “If there is a settlement it will probably be on Monday.”

    Cawood wouldn’t discuss what kind of deal is in the works.

    “I can’t really disclose it now, until we see everything in writing,” he said.

  • Early Dunn director Harris now has home named in her honor

    Michael Dunn Center has grown from its humble beginnings in a small church space to its current location, the number of employees, service recipients and services, all tended under the leadership of former executive director Eileen Harris.

    Michael Dunn Center past and present employees, service recipients and community members recognized that dedication last week by naming one of its service-recipient residents in Harris’ honor.

  • Kingston Fossil Plant testing sirens Thursday

    Tennessee Valley Authority’s Kingston Fossil Plant will conduct a brief test of emergency sirens at the plant at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 1.

    The sirens may be loud enough to be heard outside the plant boundaries. This is only a test.