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Today's News

  • IMPRESSIONS by Johnny Teglas

    During my nearly 30 years of marriage, I’ve been blessed to have great in-laws.
    From what some of my friends and acquaintances say, my experience puts me in the minority.
    I’ll happily stay there.
    While my late father-in-law passed on 15 years ago and hasn’t been with us to watch his grandson grow into a fine young man, my mother-in-law is still very much a part of our lives.
    On Saturday night, after a wonderful home-cooked meal at her house, we finally had “Christmas.”

  • Four charged in TennCare fraud cases

    At least four Roane County residents have run afoul of TennCare laws since November, according to the Tennessee Office of the Inspector General.
    The latest was Bradley Allen Price.
    The Inspector General’s office said Friday that Price, 34, was charged with TennCare fraud for doctor shopping in Knox County.
    He was also charged with obtaining possession of a controlled substance by fraud.

  • Budget shortfalls — pay raises

    Do ambulance workers deserve a raise when their department is in such dire financial straits?

    That’s a question county commissioners could have to answer in the coming weeks.

    Gloria Wright, director of the ambulance service, has requested a raise of 5 cents an hour for her employees.

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody said the request came as a shock to him.

    The ambulance department is projected to have just $18,000 when the fiscal year ends June 30.

    That’s not enough to keep the department operating.  

  • Electrical outage victims left to wonder

    Approximately 2,000 Rockwood Electric Utility customers were without electricity much of Saturday after a piece of equipment on top of a power pole blew up, setting fire to a power line near RedBones on the River.
     

    Some were without power for more than five hours. With nightfall coming and temperatures heading into the teens, they were left hanging on their options.

    That could change, according to Kendall Bear, general manager of REU, but not any time soon.

  • Mother of Patton child describes hardship

    When Mark Patton was “Walking Tall” as a constable, he was also falling short — in his child support payments.

    Lynne Harris has a daughter by Patton, a former Roane County constable. He was recently jailed in McMinn County for not paying his child support.

    “He wanted to hold all police officers to the same standard of law they held other people to, but yet at the same time he was not paying his child support,” she said. “To me, that’s ridiculous.”

  • Outsourcing to prevent tax hike OK with new commissioner

    On election night last August, Nick Forrester said he believed the voters wanted Roane County government to tighten its belt.

    Five months later the first-term county commissioner said he believes that’s still the case.

    Forrester said that’s why he won’t support a property tax increase to solve the problems facing the county’s ambulance department.

    “I think there’s ways we can go about that, other than raising property taxes,” he said.

  • Covenant applies for $72 million hospital

    Covenant Health has given notice about its intent to apply for a certificate of need for the new hospital in Midtown.

    According to the notice, the existing hospital — Roane Medical Center — has 105 licensed beds, including 10 swing beds. The new hospital will have 54 licensed beds, including 10 swing beds.

    The swing bed program is available for Medicare patients who need transition care.

    The only change for the Medicare patient under a swing bed program is the level of care.

  • SNOW! Roane County Commission cancels meeting

    A heavy blanket of snow prompted Tennessee to declare a state of emergency Monday. Tennessee Emergency Management Agency called in additional staff to monitor the winter storm that dumped 6 to 8 inches of snow across Roane County by Monday morning — with more on the way.

    Staff at TEMA's facility in Knoxville and Jackson were placed on duty, and a number of TEMA staff and emergency service coordinators from the Departments of Safety  and Transportation reported to TEMA's headquarters in Nashville.

  • Out to lunch by Bethel Poston

    Several years ago my wife, Carol, and I qualified for a free trip to England and Ireland by buying a large quantity of appliances to sell at our Poston Furniture & Appliance stores.
    I like to say we won the trip, but my dad said, “You paid for it in the cost of washers, ranges and refrigerators.”
    (We decided to lower our selling prices in order to sell enough to qualify.)
    In our travels, after seeing many recognized attractions, we always left the tourist crowd and mixed with the locals.

  • Y-12 earns ‘Excellent’ ’10 rating

    B&W Y-12 earned an “Excellent” rating of 94 out of a possible 100 from the National Nuclear Security Administration for its 2010 performance, resulting in a fee award of $45.2 million for the management and operation of the Y-12 National Security Complex.
    B&W Y-12 was awarded more than $2.8 million for work that Y-12 performed for other government agencies, and more than $5.4 million for managing one of the largest American Recovery and Reinvestment Act contracts in the nation, which includes demolition or cleanup of several aged facilities at Y-12.