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  • Pot plants found in Shady Shores closet

    Authorities found another illegal marijuana-growing operation.

    Roane County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Bryan Walker said the plants were being grown inside a closet at 277 Shady Shores Lane in the eastern part of the county.

    Walker said Stephen Simpson and Toby Townson were arrested and charged with manufacturing marijuana. He said mostly young plants were found last week.

    Multiple marijuana-growing operations have been uncovered in recent months.

  • Langley named the new school board chief

    Darrell “Drack” Langley is the new chairman of the Roane County Board of Education.

    The vote was unanimous to give him that position at the Sept. 16 board meeting.

    Sam Cox was a unanimous choice as vice chairman.  

    Langley succeeds Mike “Brillo” Miller, who served as chairman the past 12 months.

    “Mr. Langley, it’s your turn, big man,” Miller said. “You’ve been there, done that.”

  • Harriman approves MMA fight at Riverfront Park

    Rockwood might not be interested, but Harriman City Council wasn’t discouraged from approving use of their facilities for a mixed martial arts competition.

    “It is a positive thing to bring more people into town. It is a growing sport,” Councilman Chase Tedder said.

    Harriman gave the nod to Steve Robinette, who has been a big advocate of the sport in the area, including training people he believes have potential to make it big professionally.

  • TVA releases draft plan for agency's future

    The Tennessee Valley Authority has issued a draft of its Integrated Resource Plan, a comprehensive study that will help guide efforts to meet regional electricity needs over the next 20 years.

    Titled “TVA’s Environmental and Energy Future,” the study analyzes potential combinations of economic and regulatory trends in the coming years and provides recommendations for addressing them.

  • Diverse personalities oversee county’s spending, savings

    Roane County’s new budget committee will meet for the first time today — Sept. 20 — at 3 p.m. in the county executive’s conference room at the courthouse.

    “I’m looking forward to working with those guys,” Commissioner Bobby Collier said. “We won’t always agree, but that’s what causes debate.”

    The commission unanimously approved new County Executive Ron Woody’s budget committee recommendations last week.

  • UT work blessing to OS agency, area residents

    Know your spots.

    That is what Georgette Samaras, education coordinator for the Cancer Institute at University of Tennessee Medical Center, said during a recent free skin screening at Oliver Springs Housing Authority.

    The demand for that screening was so high the authority is scheduling appointments for a second clinic on Oct. 5.

    Samaras talked with visitors about any suspicious marks on their bodies and took pictures to be looked at by Dr. James Lewis, the program coordinator, and a surgical oncologist specializing in melanoma.

  • Industrial board almost official in Harriman

    The Harriman Industrial Board is one more step to being official.

    The Harriman City Council approved a resolution authorizing the establishment of the board during its Sept. 7 meeting.

    Attorney Sandy McPherson, who represents Roane County’s Industrial Board, helped prepare documents the future board members needed to present to begin making the board official.

    Also approved was a certificate of incorporation.

  • County looking into disaster plan for potential big-cat sanctuary escapes

    Imagine if a major disaster hit East Roane County and caused some of the animals at Tiger Haven to get loose.

    County officials are putting together a plan on how to deal with such a scenario.  

    “We’re going to identify what potential could happen and how to secure the area and make the public safe,” County Executive Ron Woody said.

    Tiger Haven is a big-cat sanctuary on Harvey Road. According to its website, the facility houses more than 280 of the animals. Most are tigers, lions, leopards and cougars.

  • EMA staff no longer taking home vehicles

    You can drive up Cumberland Street in Kingston at night and see some of the changes that have taken place with Roane County’s emergency management department.

    A row of emergency management vehicles sits parked near the courthouse.   

    “Some of them have been pulled in,” new County Executive Ron Woody said.

  • RMC move months away

    Roane Medical Center’s days in downtown Harriman appear to be numbered.

    Covenant Health is about 16-17 months from moving the Harriman-based hospital to a new, state-of-the-art facility in Midtown, said Harriman Mayor Chris Mason.

    The new facility was announced in March 2008, when Covenant and Harriman officials worked out  arrangements for the company’s acquisition of the then city-owned and -operated hospital.

    Mason said last week the move is “a little bit early, according to our contract.”