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Today's News

  • Course to certify sellers of food in domestic kitchen

    Individuals who use a domestic kitchen to prepare, manufacture and sell food to the public can ensure their facilities meet Tennessee Department of Agriculture regulations through an upcoming course presented by University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture Food Science Technology and UT Extension faculty.
    Domestic Kitchen: Tennessee Food Safety Certification will be from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 24 in the Ed Jones Auditorium of Ellington Agricultural Center at 440 Hogan Road, Nashville.

  • DOE to test sirens on Wednesday

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s public warning siren system will be tested March 2 in areas surrounding the department’s Oak Ridge Reservation.

    The sirens will be tested between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. People in these areas during the test will hear a siren for 3-5 minutes.

    The sirens are near DOE’s East Tennessee Technology Park, Y-12 National Security Complex and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

  • 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.

  • General Sessions Court

    Editor’s note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as or similar to other members of the community.

    Joshua L. Donalson, violation of driver license, light law and financial responsibility May 5. Dismissed June 25, cost to state.

    Paul W. Fortener, violation of driver license May 5. Dismissed June 25, cost to state.

    Myra K. Ingram, financial responsibility May 8. Guilty as charged June 25, convicted.

  • 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.  

  • Congressman takes tour of Y-12 facilities

    U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Ooltewah, toured the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge earlier this month with Tom D’Agostino, administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration.

    Taking part in the congressman’s first visit to the facilities are, from left, Darrel Kohlhorst, president and general manager of B&W Y-12 LLC; Fleischmann; D’Agostino; and Ted Sherry, manager of NNSA’s Y-12 Site Office.

    Y-12 is operated for NNSA by B&W Y-12, a partnership of Babcock & Wilcox and Bechtel National.

  • 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.