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Today's News

  • Doctor's departure behind VA clinic shut-down


    The recent closure of the VA Outpatient Clinic in Rockwood is temporary, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

    The clinic had just opened in June.

    “It is going to reopen, but we don’t have a date yet,” said Chris Alexander, a spokesman for the VA’s Tennessee Valley Healthcare System.

    The clinic is at 450 S. Chamberlain Ave. in the Chamberlain Professional Building.

    Instead of being run by the VA, the clinic is operated by a private contractor.

  • 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.

  • IMPRESSIONS: A little literacy and a big ol' Hokie gobble

    My colleagues are having way too much fun with me these days.

    One even spun and shared an exaggerated tale turned urban legend based on some sketchy information he received following a recent project I worked on in Annapolis, Md.

    For some strange reason, his version of the story suggested I single-handedly wrecked a major system at our big newspaper up there.

    Shoot, all I was trying to do was scope out some equipment we want to give a new home here.

  • GUEST EDITORIAL: Proposed change in notice would shut public out

    By FRANK GIBSON

    Special to the Roane County News

    Noticed how narrow-minded political discourse has become? Political strategists call it staying “on message,” but the goal is to drown out the message from the other side.

    That’s how some of the debate in the legislature over changing the system of providing various public notices to citizens and consumers has played so far.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Sept. 22

    25 Years Ago

  • Abels celebrates his 90th birthday

    Kenneth Ray “Kenny” Abels Sr. of Oliver Springs celebrated his 90th birthday on Sept. 3 with a party given in his honor and attended by many relatives and friends.

    He is the son of the late Robert and Nancy Ables, who lived in Rockwood.

    He and his wife, Kathleen Daniels Abels, had been married for 45 years when she died in 1991.

    A U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, he worked as a coal miner in Fork Mountain, Tenn., then at Brushy Mountain Prison. He retired from J.C. Penney Co. in 1984.

  • Scholarship among the winnings in Rockwood Fall Fest pageant

    This year’s winner of Rockwood Fall Festival’s Miss Teen Fall Festival Pageant will receive more than a sash and tiara.

    Pageant sponsor Rockwood 2000 is awarding the 2010 winner a $500 scholarship to be applied toward tuition at her choice of educational institution, including universities, colleges, beauty and technical education centers.

    The pageant is among those Rockwood 2000 will have during the Rockwood Fall Festival on Oct. 2 at Homecoming Park on North Front Avenue in downtown Rockwood.