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Today's News

  • Group wants to help Rockwood shelter

    Rockwood Animal Shelter is in need of a makeover, and some Rockwood residents are gearing up to help make it a reality.

    In fact, One Stop Pet Shop owner Joseph Clapp is starting an organization not only geared at helping with volunteer manpower but funds to help make needed repairs at the shelter, but once that is complete to help needy pet owners in the area.

    “If we can fix that place up down there, we’ll do it,” said Clapp.

  • Caney Creek Road fire under investigation

    A one-story wooden frame structure at 321 Caney Creek Road, Rockwood caught fire Thursday evening.

    West Roane Fire Chief Charlie Redwine said no one was injured or living in the structure.

    “Right now, it is suspicious in nature and is under investigation,” Redwine said.

    East Roane, Blair and Midtown Volunteer Fire Departments assisted in getting the blaze extinguished.

  • Westcare Foundation to assist with substance abuse, mental health issues

    Westcare Foundation will have an open house from 5:30 to 7 p.m. today, Monday.

    The organization focuses on providing assistance with substance abuse and mental health issues.

    It is opening outpatient services at 229 Carter Ave., Harriman, former site of Courts of Praise Church.

    For more information about the program visit www.westcare.com or call Jenny Tippens at 306-3746 or Lori Rodgers at 394-1356.

    Refreshments will be provided.

  • County executive takes a dive

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody didn’t have any scuba diving experience, but that didn’t stop him.

    Last week, he went under the sea in Florida to visit Roane State Community College professors Bruce Cantrell and Jessica Fain. The two have been living at Jules’ Undersea Lodge at the Marine Resources Development Foundation in Key Largo, breaking a record for underwater living.

    “It was a wonderful experience,” Woody said.

  • Stout’s new job now officially his

    Roane County Commissioners approved Scott Stout’s appointment as director of the Roane County Office of Emergency Services at Monday’s commission meeting. He had been the acting director of the agency.

    “I think Scott is very worthy,” Commissioner Carolyn Granger said. “He has paid his dues.”

  • Railroad improvements at 4 crossings

    Four railroad crossing projects are moving along in Roane County, including one at an intersection where two young adults lost their lives and two others were injured this year.

    Harriman native and Roane State Raiderette basketball player Jadah Gallaher and Roane State Raider basketball player Rod Drummond were killed when their vehicle was struck by a train. Jadah’s brother Darius Gallaher and a friend Hunter Crass were injured in the accident.

  • Two killed in wreck

    Two people were killed and another injured in a three-vehicle accident on Hwy. 27 at Eagle Furnace Road on Tuesday evening.

    Tennessee Highway Patrol reported that a 1993 Buick Riviera was traveling northbound on U.S. Hwy. 27 when it crossed into the path of a second vehicle, a 2009 Hyundai Evo traveling southbound on Hwy. 27, causing the Evo to strike a third vehicle, a Toyota Previa.

    The driver of the Buick, Brenda Gardner, 64, Rockwood, as well as passenger Kaleb Poe, a 20-year-old from Spring City who was riding in the Evo, were both killed.

  • Roane gets recycling grant

    The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s Division of Solid and Waste Management has announced approximately $531,820 will go toward the purchase of recycling equipment to help reduce landfill waste in Tennessee.

    That includes $25,000 for Roane to go toward a $100,000 sorter line.

    Recycling equipment grants may be used to purchase key equipment for new recycling programs, improve and expand the operation of existing systems, or prepare recyclable materials for transport and marketing.

  • Zoning change attempt gets pushback

    Residents have to wait until January to hear the Roane County Commission’s decision on a controversial rezoning in East Roane County.

    Although it was on this month’s agenda, commissioners postponed the vote at their Dec. 8 meeting.

    William and Joanna McCarroll have asked that their property at 4709 Kingston Hwy. (Hwy. 70) be rezoned from developing agricultural to rural business.

    The Dollar General chain is planning to build a store there if the property is rezoned.

  • TDEC fines trucking company for unapproved air contaminant source

    The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation fined Rogers Group Inc. $750 last month for operating a generator without a valid permit.

    According to TDEC, the generator was installed at the Rogers Group’s Roane County facility on Quarry Road in 1999.

    “The respondent (Rogers Group) took ownership of operations of this facility in July 2008, which included a nonpermitted air contaminant source (non-emergency generator),” the order said.