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  • Weather issues won’t complicate school calendar yet

    With roads still covered in ice and blocked by fallen trees, Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes said the decision on Wednesday to cancel school for the rest of the week was an easy one.

    “South of the River, we still got a lot of roads blocked with trees,” he said. “My road is bad. I had to use four-wheel drive to get out this morning, so it’s just not safe.”

  • TVA breaks February use record

    TVA broke an all-time February power demand record Thursday morning with an estimated 32,109 megawatts at 7 a.m., when the average temperature across the region hovered at 7 degrees.

    In its 82-year history, this is TVA’s highest ever demand for the month of February.

    The previous record was 31,045 megawatts set on Feb. 5, 2009, when the Valleywide temperature was 15 degrees.

    TVA’s all-time power demand record is 33,482 megawatts on Aug. 16, 2007.

  • Roane County man dies from hypothermia

    A Roane County man died this week from hypothermia, Roane County Medical Examiner Dr. Thomas Boduch confirmed. Evans Mortuary is handling the funeral arrangements and identified the victim as 44-year-old Tony Dean Stanley.

    “He was found yesterday (Wednesday),” Boduch said. “We can’t be sure exactly when the death occurred, but sometime between Sunday and yesterday.”

    Boduch said Stanley, who lived south of Rockwood near the Rhea County line, was last seen alive Sunday.

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    A Roane County man died this week from hypothermia, Roane County Medical Examiner Dr. Thomas Boduch confirmed.

    “He was found yesterday (Wednesday),” Boduch said. “We can't be sure exactly when the death occurred, but sometime between Sunday and yesterday.”

    Boduch said the man, who lived south of Rockwood near the Rhea County line, was last seen alive Sunday.

  • Road supt.: Storm cleanup could take up to a month

    Roane County Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson said there are still hundreds of trees down around the county.

    “It's been bad out there,” he said Wednesday afternoon. “For people who don't have any trees down in their community, if they could get in some of these off area roads and see the trees that were just stacked up on top of each other. I'm talking about going 50-foot and cutting another tree, going 100 yards and cutting three trees. Some trees are so big that we can't even get our equipment out to get to them.”

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    It didn’t snow Monday, but sleet and freezing rain created a nightmare situation for emergency, utility and road crews Tuesday.

    That ice coating and predicted deep freeze prolonged the Presidents Day vacation for Roane County students.

    “A lot of roads still got trees over them and ice on them,” Director of Schools Gary Aytes said Tuesday. He said unless conditions improved dramatically, school could be called off all week.

  • Utility crews struggle to keep up

    Icy rain coating Roane County Monday and into Tuesday has kept utility crews working nonstop.

    Rockwood Electric Utility Manager Kendall Bear estimated 1,500 customers were still without power Tuesday afternoon. He said he hoped the utility gets to all of them quickly but some of the most isolated places may still be without power on Thursday or Friday.

    “I’m hoping we can beat that but I’m very skeptical,” Bear said.

    Power outages started Monday afternoon.

  • Family speaks on police shooting

    Stephanie Foland was able to sit down over the weekend and share her side of last week’s officer-involved shooting.

    She credits her boyfriend, Christopher Lee Powers, for making that possible.

    “I’m very lucky to be alive,” she said, “and if it wasn’t for him pushing me down, I know I’d be shot, too.”

    Foland said Powers was shot six times when Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy John Mayes fired through the windshield of their Hyundai Accent.

  • One killed in weekend accident in Midtown

    An accident on Hwy. 70 left one dead and five injured on Saturday.

    It happened in Midtown near Charles Ballew Road around 2 p.m.

    According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Terrance A. Clark was headed east in a Toyota Tacoma pickup truck when a Chevy TrailBlazer driven by Robin W. Ledbetter crossed the center line and struck him head on.

    Clark, 46, was killed. Two passengers in the Tacoma, 45-year-old Tabatha D. Clark and 15-year-old Leaf A. Clark, were injured.

  • No decision yet, but bitterly cold temps could cancel school for rest of week

    Roane County Schools have cancelled classes for Wednesday.

    “A lot of roads still got trees over them and ice on them,” Director of
    Schools Gary Aytes said.

    Unless conditions improve dramatically, Aytes said it’s doubtful students
    will be in school on Thursday, but that decision won’t be made until
    Wednesday, he said.

    “I think Thursday morning the temperature is supposed to be like a minus-13
    or something,” Aytes said. “That’s the reason I say it doesn’t look good
    for the rest of the week.”