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  • Weekend fire damages hospital roof

    Harriman fire officials have not determined the cause of a Saturday evening fire that damaged the roof over the surgery area of Roane Medical Center.

    No patients were in danger due to the location of the fire, said Harriman Fire Chief Brad Daniels.

    Daniels said firefighters first on the scene to the 7:24 p.m. call saw smoke coming from the roof in the back near the outpatient discharge and surgery area.

    Upon further investigation, they found burning what is being reported as a 25-by-50-foot area of rubber roofing.

  • Harriman officials hope meeting’s on

    First sickness and then blustery winter weather led to the canceling of Harriman City Council’s first two January meetings.

    The Council is hoping a third time is a charm with their meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23, with the agenda being much the same as that which was set for the Jan. 16 meeting.

    “It should be the same with the exception of removing the public hearing and the ordinance of rezoning the Allen Williams parcel,” said city manager Kevin Helms.

  • Woman accused of stealing and hooking up water meter

    A Rockwood woman is facing charges for allegedly stealing a water meter and hooking it up to her residence. Rockwood Police Officer Jared Hall investigated.

    According to the report, Hall responded to 902 N. Trinity Ave., on Jan. 16, where he was met by John Skidmore with the Rockwood Water Department.

    “He told me that the meter at this address was shut off yesterday and was scheduled to be pulled,” the report said. “Today when he went to pull the meter it was gone.”

  • Out-of-state fugitives nabbed in Roane

    Roane County has been the wrong place for people wanted in other states to hang out. Several of them have been arrested here this month.

    On Jan. 2, Rockwood Police Sgt. Jason Halliburton stopped a car on Gateway Avenue with an expired tag and one headlight out. Inside was Paul Daniel Stokley and Jessica Lynn Vause. According to the report, both were wanted in Kentucky for different charges.

  • Future of animal shelter hounds Rockwood officials

    Rockwood is looking for someone to fill its animal control and codes enforcement role.

    Mark Neeley handled the dual duties until he resigned this month.

    “The mayor and council haven’t made any decisions on the future of the shelter at this time,” said City Administrator Becky Ruppe.

    Rockwood Police Chief Bill Stinnett said the shelter was emptied after officials learned about Neeley’s resignation.

    Area rescues responded and took all the animals except one which was euthanized at the Roane County Animal Shelter.

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  • County looks to property near jail

    With the purchase of the Dollar General Store off for now, the county is eyeing other properties around the Roane County Jail.

    “We sent out notices to about seven property owners in and around the courthouse and jail,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

    “We’ve had a couple of tentative offers from some, and we had some that said they’d get back with us.”

    The county is interested in the Dollar General building because it’s next to the Roane County Jail.

  • Schools mourn beloved teacher

    Many Kingston Elementary School students will miss the smiling face of fourth-grade teacher Melissa Brown Newman, who died unexpectedly Monday.

    “I can tell you outstanding lady, great teacher, loved by the students,” said Director of Schools Leah Rice Watkins.

    Students and colleagues were stunned and distraught over the death of the 41-year-old teacher referred to as Missy.

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  • Divine Intervention

    An age-old practice has found a new believer in someone eager to locate the lost graves of his ancestors.

    While science doesn’t typically support him, Ralph Martin believes the practice of using dowsing rods has helped him to locate the unmarked graves of a number of his ancestors and others.

    “I cannot tell you how many graves I have found,” Martin said. “I have found graves from the 1780s. It is probably just a carbon layer left.”