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  • Rain pounds region

    Heavy rains wreaked havoc across Roane County Monday, leaving flooded roads and homes, mudslides and accidents throughout the day.

    Emergency crews were dispatched to a wreck on Lawnville Road around 4:30 p.m.

    Dispatch said there was a vehicle wrapped around a tree with people inside.  

    Emergency personnel were kept busy assisting people out of their homes as rising flood waters trapped them inside.

    An emergency shelter was opened at Roane State Community College for people who evacuated.

  • Federal aid iffy after severe stroms

    Monday’s bad weather is unlikely to produce a federal disaster declaration for the state, according to the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency.

    “We get damage assessments from all the counties,” spokesman Jeremy Heidt said. “They’re doing that right now, but based on what we’re getting reported, it does not seem that that is likely to happen.”

    A disaster declaration could make counties eligible for federal assistance.

  • Rockwood to address sewage plant violations

    Rockwood officials say they are  ready to move forward with meeting the requirements of a state order that came down last month regarding issues at the Rockwood wastewater treatment plant.

    Those issues include illegal discharges and failing to turn in paperwork in a timely manner.

    Engineer Mike MacIndoe of Fulghum MacIndoe & Associates met with the Rockwood Water, Sewer and Gas officials last Tuesday to discuss the next steps.

  • Residents and city officials grumble about condition of county property

    Overgrown conditions at a residential county-owned property in Harriman has one neighbor miffed.

    The resident complained last week to Harriman City Council that he finds it hypocritical for the county to not maintain its property at 420 Clifty St. while arresting others for the same thing.

    Helen Hayes was jailed by the county in recent months for failing to clean up her Bluff Road property.

    According to information at www.assessment.state.tn.us, Roane County owns four properties on the street, including 420 Clifty St.

  • Rockwood may redo water board

    Could Rockwood leaders appoint a new Water, Natural Gas and Sewer Board merely months after disbanding one?

    That’s among the hot-button topics on the Rockwood City Council agenda today.

    Also up for discussion is the evaluation of applications to fill the general manager’s position for the three city-operated utilities.

  • Meth lab cleanup could be going up

    The cost to clean up meth labs could fall on local governments.

    “There’s no more grant money,” Roane County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said last week.

    Tommy Farmer, director of the Tennessee Meth Task Force, said the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration had been providing state and local law enforcement agencies with the funding to clean up methamphetamine labs.

    Farmer said that money has now gone away.  

  • Veterans, mayor, judge among most recent Treasures honorees

    The newest group of Roane Treasures were honored during the county’s Founders Day Celebration last Tuesday.

    The group includes Clyde Collins, C.H. Smith, Albert Armour, Joe Woody and Sanny Bowman.

    The late Glenn Hollis Kindred was honored posthumously as the Golden Treasure.  

    “We celebrate today what they’ve given us,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

    Woody’s predecessor, Mike Farmer, started Founders Day in 2007.

  • Several arrested on meth charges

    From staff reports

    An East Roane County woman is accused of running afoul of state TennCare laws.

    Amber Dee Feezell of 204 Cherry Lane B was arrested last Wednesday. Feezell, 28, is charged with TennCare fraud, identity theft and obtaining drugs by fraud.

    She’s scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 28.

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    Authorities discovered a meth lab at 1539 Mountain View Road outside of Rockwood last Tuesday.

  • Woody: EMS overtime stems from scheduling

    Commissioners had questions at the Feb. 14 meeting about the amount of money that’s being spent on overtime in the Roane County ambulance department.      

    “We have some overtime issues, but bear in mind part of our overtime is scheduled overtime for our employees when we hire them,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody explained.

    From July 1 to Feb. 10, $316,171.66 was spent on overtime pay.

  • Źumba: Exercise craze is a big hit locally

    One of the hottest exercise crazes has found Kingston.
    A large group  of women of all fitness levels and ages crowd onto the dance floor for Zumba at South Eastern Clogging Co.
    It’s one of the fitness facility’s most popular offerings.
    “We started in October. Since October we’ve averaged around 170 (participants) a week in just Zumba. Sometimes we’ve had weeks where we have over 200 come through,” said instructor Paulette Ray.