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  • 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.

  • Ferguson, Beason, Mullins seek road supervisor seat

    Three people have picked up petitions to run for road superintendent in next year’s county election. The list doesn’t include incumbent Tom Hamby.

    “I’m not going to run this time,” Hamby said. “I’ve had some heart problems and I decided this would be a good time for me to get out of it.”

  • CASA to benefit from courts

    Guilty people will have to fork over more money in court fees. At its Nov. 14 meeting, the Roane County
    Commission passed a resolution authorizing the collection of a victims assistance assessment of $45. The resolution said the fee will apply to anyone who pleads guilty, is found guilty or enters a no contest plea.

    The fee will not apply to crimes where the maximum punishment is a fine of less than $500 and no imprisonment. It also won’t apply to traffic offenses, except for DUI.