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  • ‘Missing’ man found – at hospital

    A family’s search for a missing Harriman man found him — he’d been in Roane Medical Center.
    Virginia Robinson Haynes said medical privacy restrictions kept family from knowing her brother, Robert Robinson, had been admitted last Friday — even though the family had checked with the hospital. Robinson, she said, sometimes suffers from confusion.
    Haynes said the family still would be in the dark if Robinson’s son hadn’t seen him on a bench outside the hospital after his discharge Wednesday. He was last seen Friday on Pansy Hill Road.

  • County commission, legislative districts may be up for changes

    The Roane County Redistricting Committee held a meeting Tuesday to look at the seven county commission districts.
    State law requires redistricting at least once every 10 years.
    The committee will come up with a plan to reapportion the districts based on population data.

  • Harriman embraces industry Rockwood spurned

    Harriman officials are interested in helping find local property for LocoDocs Inc. — the train engine repair company that Rockwood city officials turned away this week.
    At a Harriman City Council workshop Tuesday, council members talked briefly about the various reasons some Rockwood officials and residents were averse to the company moving next to a sports complex in that city.
    Advocates — including real estate agent Frankie Hawn — had said the company had exhausted its search for suitable properties in Roane County.

  • Artist donates painting to RSCC

    The years Jim Brown taught art and humanities courses at Roane State Community College were the masterpiece of his career.
    It’s fitting, then, that Brown gave Roane State a gift reflecting his love for the college and for art.
    The retired professor, who served for 28 years at Roane State, recently donated one of his paintings to the college’s Mathematics and Sciences Division.
    “Roane State, this place and these people, came together to create some of the best years of my life,” Brown said.

  • Kingston Fossil Plant OK after quake, TVA inspections continue

    TVA is inspecting 15 of its dams and ash impoundments and all of its nuclear plants after an earthquake hit near Richmond, Va., on Tuesday.
    “The seismograph at Tellico Dam was the only TVA site that recorded any shaking as a result of the earthquake,” said TVA Chief Operating Officer Bill McCollum. “TVA is inspecting its nuclear plants and several dams and impoundments out of an abundance of caution to be sure the earthquake had no effect on these facilities.”

  • Getting with the program
  • Generous donor is a real doll herself

    Adraona Green, 46, of Harriman, loves dolls.

    Green had recently donated the bulk of her huge doll collection to Mission of Hope in Knoxville.

    While cleaning up the estate after her husband died, Green’s mother, Judy Freels, suggested Green donate approximately 200 to 250 dolls and stuffed animals to “somebody that can enjoy them.” Freels’ cousin suggested the Mission of Hope.

    The donations filled the back of a pickup truck and a car.

  • Progress made in fight against drugs

    Authorities have made headway into an investigation involving drugs, car burglaries and a multi-state identity theft ring.

    According to the District Attorney General’s Office, police from several different agencies simultaneously executed two search warrants in Rockwood last Thursday.

    Numerous items were seized including drugs, firearms, cash and evidence related to the identity theft investigation.

  • Train repair center proposal derailed

    An industry that hoped to bring 75 jobs to Rockwood will have to look elsewhere.

    The second reading of an ordinance to rezone unused commercial property next to the Mike “Brillo” Miller Sports Complex failed before the Rockwood City Council.

    LocoDocs Inc. of Illinois needed the rezoning of the city-owned property it  was interested in purchasing.

    Without the rezoning, the resolution to sell the approximately 6 acres of city-owned land to join with some of the privately owned property was moot.

  • Midtown man dies on lake

    Family members said a Midtown man died from a heart attack after he got out of his boat to cool off.
    Randy Bardill passed away on Saturday.


    His sister, Debbie Standefer, said they got in the water near Sand Island in Meigs County to get some relief from the hot sun.


    “We were just laughing and talking,” she said. “Then I noticed that we had drifted a little ways from the boat.”


    Standefer said that’s when she suggested they head back to the vessel.