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  • Haslam’s Handee Burger stop

    Lack of interest in the Nov. 4 election hasn’t gone unnoticed by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam.

    “So far turnout across the state is really, really low,” he said.

    Early voting ended on Thursday. The Secretary of State’s Office says 103,787 fewer people voted during the first 12 days of early voting compared to 2010.

    “You get better government when more people take part in the process,” Haslam said.

  • Former county commissioner dies

    Former Roane County Commissioner Copper Bacon passed away on Thursday.

    Bacon served on the commission for 16 years. He didn’t seek re-election this year, and his final four-year term ended on Aug. 31.

    “He’s going to be highly missed by the county,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said. “We hate to see the passing of Copper.”

    Woody served with Bacon on the Budget Committee.

  • Bridge to animal shelter to be replaced

    Not everyone is happy that Rockwood is proceeding with replacing the bridge over Cardiff Creek and near the Roane County Animal Shelter.

    Rockwood City Council approved the project at this week’s meeting.

    Project opponent Councilwoman Peggy Evans said she sees the road as little used.

    She said the city would be better off simply closing the bridge and diverting traffic through the Roane County Industrial Park main entrance.

    “The whole road is unsafe, not just the bridge,” Evans contended.

  • Ridge View student seeks bears

    Emilie Gregg has spent a lot of time at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital.

    Gregg, who was diagnosed in 2010 with plasminogen deficiency, was comforted by Teddy bears given out to patients. The bears are used for demonstrations to show things like where intravenous lines or ports may go.

    “She wants others to have the bears so they could show them where they (treatments) are going to go and have comfort and not be as scared,” said Cindy Gregg, Emilie’s grandmother.

  • Traffic stop leads to drug arrests in Rockwood

    Two were arrested on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine after Rockwood patrolman Brandon Smith stopped a car for running a traffic light on Gateway Avenue.

    Erica Mae Jenkins, 33, 302 Old Hwy. 70, is charged with initiation of methamphetamine manufacture process, while driver Donald Ray Burton, 49, of Dayton, was charged with criminal impersonation, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving on suspended or revoked and initiation of methamphetamine manufacture process.

  • Walk in sun to help adjust to time change

    Daylight saving time ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 2. As clocks turn back one hour, we gain an hour of sleep but often still feel groggy and sluggish.

    Vanderbilt Sleep Disorders Center specialist Kelly Brown, M.D., says this change in sleep schedule is exacerbated by our tendency to alter our sleep patterns on the weekends anyway.

    Instead of sleeping for that extra hour on Sunday, Brown recommends using the time to go for a morning walk.

  • On high alert
  • What can we do about childhood obesity?

    Children are a product of their environment — the habits they are taught shape the rest of their lives.

    This fact is paramount in teaching our children how to nourish their bodies. Proper food and nutrition will literally shape how they grow — which is why we need to stop what we are doing to feed childhood obesity.

    If children see mom and dad go through the “drive-thru” three times a day, or just once a week, that habit will be ingrained in their mind as acceptable behavior.

    There is no healthy option in this cheap form of processed food — I guarantee it.

  • Dorothy and the Tin Man

    Brynlee Silvey and her brother, Corbin, dressed up as characters from The Wizard of Oz for Saturday’s Spooktacular at Fort Southwest Point in Kingston. The siblings are pictured with their mother, Haley Silvey. Visit www.roanecounty.com to see more pictures from Spooktacular.

  • Deer hunt for wounded vets set in December

    Roane County’s wounded veterans who might not otherwise be able to get into the woods will have a chance to get out for a deer hunt this December.

    The Bill Inman Wounded Veterans Guided Deer Hunt of Roane County will be held Dec. 20, with a kickoff dinner on Dec. 19 at 6:30 p.m. at Southwest Point Baptist Church in Kingston.

    At press time there were five spots left for hunters.