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  • Meth lab cleaned up near Rockwood

    Authorities discovered a meth lab at 1303 Black Jack Road near Rockwood on Monday.

    Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy John H. Mayes said the cleanup took more than six hours.  

    No one was charged, but Mayes said they did find some receipts for pseudoephedrine, which is a main precursor for meth.

    A state database could help authorities find out who purchased the pseudoephedrine.

    Mayes said that could be a valuable lead in determining who was responsible for the lab.
     

  • UPDATE: Fatal accident South of the River

    Two people were killed and two other victims were transported to University of Tennessee Medical Center Monday morning following a fiery accident at the intersection of Squaw Valley Road and Hwy. 58.

    Law enforcement and emergency responders confirmed the double fatality at the scene.

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol later identified the deceased as Ronnie Ray Brummitt and Matthew A. Sneed. The wreck could have been more horrific if not for quick thinking on those arriving on the scene before police or rescue personnel.

  • Treasures still on tap

    Nov. 6 came and went this year without a Founders’ Day celebration.
    However, that doesn’t mean one won’t happen in the future.
    New County Executive Ron Woody said he plans to continue having the event.
    “We probably will not do that until January or February,” he told commissioners at their Nov. 8 meeting.

  • Second try for budget in Rockwood

    Rockwood City Council will once again be considering a second reading on a budget this Monday, Nov. 15.
    “Basically what I’m doing, I’m putting the budget we passed on first reading right, putting it on the table and I’m going to allow the council, if they have any amendments to that, I’m going to allow them in accordance with the law make recommendations,” said Mayor James Watts.
    The suggested budget has some employees getting a raise while the rest are only up for a bonus.

  • Rockwood man aims to bring an end to malaria

    Evangelist Leonard Heatherly of Rockwood has grown tired of waiting.
    Filled with passion and a sense of urgency, both Heatherly and his wife, Janie, are working hard to bring what could be a low-cost cure for malaria to the African people.
    Heatherly has been working steadily and progressively to grow wormwood tea in Africa since he started hearing about it in 2006.
    Also referred to as artemisia, this herbal tea is grown in China and has been used by the Chinese for thousands of years to control malaria.

  • Fitness Center one of college's best-kept secrets

    Roane State Community College has a little-recognized gem in a corner of the Roane County campus’ gymnasium.

    Students, teachers and community members can often be found utilizing the Fitness Center each weekday.

    “It is a wonderful asset; It is all about increasing the quality of life for the community,” said director Shaun Simpson.

    “We’ve got probably 100 members,” he added.

  • Berry up for Rockwood utilities' manager job

    Ron Berry is no stranger to politics or Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas operations.

    And by the end of today, the Roane County commissioner could be overseeing the utilities’ operations — at least on a part-time basis.

    Rockwood City Council will consider hiring Berry for the job during a special-called session at 7 p.m. today, Monday, in Rockwood City Hall.

  • Borrowing a concern for county’s chief

    This year voters decided a change was needed at the top of Roane County government.

    The man they chose to bring that change has spent his first few months on the job trying to deliver.  

    “I’m making an effort to change government,” new County Executive Ron Woody said. “I’m making an effort to change financial management in Roane County.”

    Woody has already encountered resistance in his effort to bring that change.

  • Tweaking done on TVA economic requests

    The Roane County Economic Development Foundation met late last month and unanimously approved two requests.
    One was from Roane County Schools to tweak its building plan to allow for completion of the Midway Middle School kitchen project. The other request was from the city of Harriman.
    “Out of the $100,000 that was allocated to the city of Harriman to pave Swan Pond Road, we’re going to have about $45,000 left over,” Harriman Mayor Chris Mason said. “I’m asking this board to consider letting us move that $45,000 down to this road on Carter Street that will access our ball fields.”

  • County OKs funding for some nonprofits

    The Roane County Commission voted 15-0 on Nov. 8 to give $127,450 to non-profit organizations.
    The groups receiving money are Child and Family Services ($2,780), Michael Dunn Rehabilitation Center ($30,000), Mid-East Community Action Agency ($13,547), Roane County Heritage Commission ($1,500), Michael Dunn Day Care Center ($10,823), East Tennessee Human Resources Agency ($8,800), Roane County Rescue Squad ($35,000) and Child Advocacy Center of the Ninth Judicial District ($25,000).