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  • Things quiet at permit hearing for distribution facility in Roane

    No one from the public spoke at a Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation hearing at The Roane Alliance last Thursday.

    The hearing was held to give the public a chance to comment on an application for a state water quality permit for CPD Development Inc.

    The permit is for the construction of a major vehicle parts distribution facility in Roane Regional Business and Technology Park.

    CPD has ties to Panattoni Development Co., which specializes in industrial projects.   

  • Harriman man may be new DDR recordholder

    The Guinness Book of World Records entry for a Dance Dance Revolution marathon has been blown out of the water.

    Harriman’s Travis Houk said he completed a staggering 40 hours, 2 minutes and 12 seconds dancing with the computer game during an event at Zuma Fun Center in Knoxville.

    If Guinness accepts the  28-year-old’s entry, it will replace the currently-held record of 15 hours, 17 minutes and 44 seconds.

  • EMS workers resign amid probe

    The county received resignations from a group of ambulance department employees last week.
    County Executive Ron Woody would not confirm or deny if the employees were seen drinking at an area restaurant while in uniform.
    “I got a call saying ‘Ronnie, we had a complaint, we started an investigation, we’re going to have some resignations,’” he said.
    Woody said five employees — three full-time and two part-time — were the subject of the investigation.

  • Building at auction, bank staying put

    The building that holds the Regions Bank in downtown Harriman is being auctioned off along with six other Regions locations in Illinois, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Texas.

    Signs announcing the auction, which will be at 4 p.m. Dec. 14 for the Harriman location, said the bank will remain open.

    Bank branch manager Ted Meredith said the bank doesn’t own the building, but the sale shouldn’t change business.

    “They are going to honor our lease,” he said. “We’re not going anywhere.”

  • Hospital construction right on schedule

    Construction crews at the new Roane Medical Center campus are busier than ever with major construction milestones near completion.

    With mass grading nearly complete, the 64 acres of land have been recontoured and leveled to accommodate the 155,000-square-foot medical center campus that will include a state-of-the-art hospital, an adjacent new medical office building and large and easily accessible parking areas.

    Steel construction is under way with crews anticipating completion by early December.

  • Indestructible: The story of a dog named Darth

    Darth, a coal-black pug mix with amber eyes, seems to have been born to be a survivor.
    His mother — swollen with pregnancy — was one of dozens of dogs removed from deplorable conditions at a Poland Hollow Road puppy mill two years ago. She landed in a foster home with Rhonda Whalen of Roane County.
    Whalen had the dog four days before the puppies — nine of them — were born.
    The point of fostering dogs is to find them good homes, and Whalen works with rescue organizations and others to do just that.
    Darth, the biggest of the puppies in that litter, was still with Whalen this summer.

  • Teacher resigns after charges of alcohol abuse

    Roane County Director of Schools Toni McGriff has accepted the resignation of a tenured teacher who had multiple run-ins with the law during his time with the system.
    Justin Giles taught physical education at Ridge View Elementary School in Rockwood.
    He was arrested by the Tennessee Highway Patrol on a DUI charge on Oct. 28 just before midnight. According to the police report, Giles was running vehicles off the road as he traveled east on Hwy. 70.

  • NRC holding hearings on Watts Bar Unit 2

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is seeking public comments on its preliminary finding that there are no environmental impacts that would preclude issuing an operating license for the Watts Bar 2 reactor under construction near Spring City.
    NRC staff will discuss the Draft Supplement to the Final Environmental Statement in meetings from 2-4 p.m. and 6:30-8:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 8, at the Magnuson Hotel, 1421 Murrays Chapel Road in Sweetwater. The NRC will transcribe the meetings and post the transcript on the agency’s website.

  • REACH charity well below goal

    With a week to go before it takes children shopping at Walmart, Operation REACH president Jane Ollis said the program is still well short of its fundraising goal. The group hoped to raise $125,000, but had collected only $55,896, as of Thursday.
    “We’re asking people to dig a little deeper in their pockets,” she said.
    The Roane County Sheriff’s Office is holding a fundraising road block today, Friday, from 3 to 7 p.m. at different locations around the county. West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department will do the same Saturday in Rockwood from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • Woman struck by vehicle in parking lot

    An unlicensed teenage driver struck the owner of J. Lynn’s Salon in the parking lot of Food City on Monday.
    Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam said April Scandlyn suffered injuries to her knee, shoulder and head. She was treated at the University of Tennessee Medical Center and released.

    “We’ve had calls on top of calls,” said Brandy Willis, who works with Scandlyn at the salon. “Everybody is concerned about her.”

    The incident happened just after 5 p.m. J. Lynn’s is located beside Food City at Ladd Landing.

    Washam said the 17-year-old female driver works for Food City.