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  • Cowboy rides through Roane on national disease awareness trek

    A solitary cowboy meandered into Roane County last week as part of a cross-country trek to raise awareness for rare disorders of the immune system called Guillain-Barré syndrome and chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy.

    Johnny Warnshuis’ mother Sally is one of only a very few people to be diagnosed with the disorders. She’s recovering in Redding, Calif., after her diagnosis two and a half years ago.

  • Rockwood to talk utility finances today

    More talk about a refinancing and loan package for the Rockwood sewer system is planned during Rockwood City Council’s special-called meeting at 6 p.m. today, Monday.

    The estimated $3.2 million plan includes funding a $1.2 million project under a Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation grant and refinancing of some of the existing debt.

    Morgan Keegan representative Scott Gibson will report his findings on a city bond rating and what he thinks the loan interest rates will be.

  • Man thought his wife was cheating, shot into vehicle

    A Philadelphia man who suspected his wife of cheating is facing a felony vandalism charge, reports Roane County Sheriff’s Office detective Greg Scalf.

    According to an incident report, Ricky L. Ford confessed to firing his SKS rifle into another man’s unoccupied Jeep 18 times.

    Ford, the report said, believed his wife was having an affair with the man.

    “Mr. Ford was served with an order of protection and has vandalism charges pending for the damage to the vehicle,” the report said.

  • Bitter rivals mourn teen together

    Some people live their entire lives without touching others.
    Brady Walls lived just 17 years, but impacted thousands in the Oliver Springs and Coalfield communities.
    Walls, a 17-year-old sophomore football player at Oliver Springs High School, died Monday after an accident in which he fell out of the back of a pickup truck Sunday night in front of Coalfield School.
    Since he died, the pain in community has been palpable.

  • First look at new hospital brings smiles

    Less than a year remains until the new Roane Medical Center in Midtown opens its doors in February 2013.
    Construction has come a long way, and Covenant Health, members of the medical community and local officials and community members gathered Wednesday for a tour of the building and a brief ceremony.
    “We are here to celebrate the progress and the people who have brought us here,” said Tony Spezia, Covenant Health Inc. chief executive officer. Covenant took over the hospital from the city of Harriman several years ago.

  • LAST CHANCE: Mother-daughter look-alikes

    There’s still time to get your photos in for this year’s Roane County News mother-daughter look-alike contests.
    Once again, Roane County News will be giving out $100 worth of gift  cards for each contest.
    The winning look-alike mother and daughter will each receive a $50 gift card.
    We also have a similar contest for fathers and sons.
    Entrants can submit pictures that show the family similarities at any age. Photos might be infant shots of the mother and daughter, or current shots of the adult and child — together or separate.

  • Looseleaf Laureate by Terri Likens: Oliver Springs — where the confident kids are

    I don’t get up to Oliver Springs as much as I should, I decided as I drove through the peaceful countryside, car windows down to take in the honeysuckle-scented air.
    It’s a quirky little place with strong we-take-care-of-our-own values. The residents of any town that is split between the far corners of three counties might feel the same.
    I’d been invited to spend Tuesday evening at Career Day at Oliver Springs Elementary School.

  • Fleischmann reacts to vandalism

    Third District Congressman Chuck Fleischmann said he was in Washington, D.C., when he learned a staffer’s car was vandalized by the son of one of his political rivals.

    “At first it was more disbelief, but as the truth unfolded and came out, I guess first and foremost I was thankful that nobody got hurt,” Fleischmann said.

    The incident occurred at the Roane County Courthouse on April 24.

  • Aytes appointed new director of schools

    The Roane County Board of Education appointed Gary Aytes as the new director of schools. Aytes and Donald Andrews, superintendent of Randolph County Schools in North Carolina, were the finalists for the job.
    The 10-member board unanimously selected Aytes, Roane County’s elementary education supervisor, during a special-called meeting Thursday evening.
    “It feels great,” Aytes said. “It’s very rewarding to know that people think that you are capable of doing the job.”

  • Local man or N.C. official?

    Although they’ve only known each other for a short time, Donald Andrews and Gary Aytes have developed a mutual respect for one another.
    The educators indicated that appreciation will continue no matter which of the two the Roane County Board of Education picks for the director of schools position.
    The other finalist for the job, John Green, was a no-show for Saturday’s last round of interviews, so the board will decide between Aytes and Andrews at a special-called meeting on Thursday.