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Today's News

  • Vets told clinic closing

    Roane County veterans began receiving letters last week informing them of the pending closure of the Roane County Outpatient Clinic in Rockwood.

    The clinic, part of the Department of Veterans Affairs Tennessee Valley Healthcare System, is scheduled to close Oct. 31, according to the letter.

    One of those who received notification was U.S. Navy veteran Ray Collett, a former Rockwood City Council member.

    Collett said on Friday he had been calling all morning to find out where he will go if he needs medical treatment.

  • Midtown firms nix Harriman annexation

    A handful of Midtown business owners aren’t interested in being part of Harriman — despite arguments it will make their property values jump and more commercially appealing.

    Harriman officials listening voted down a resolution to have an annexation referendum on the Nov. 6 ballot.

    Officials, however, indicated they may revisit the issue to look at interested property owners.

  • Today’s the last day to register to vote

    Columbus Day is a holiday for most Roane County Courthouse workers.

    The Roane County Election Commission, however, is open and doing business as usual today, Monday.

    “Even though this is a holiday for courthouse employees, our office will be open, since Oct. 8 is the deadline to register for this election,” said a release from the election commission.

    Election Day is Nov. 6. Early voting for state and federal races is Oct. 17-Nov. 1. Call the Election Commission at 376-3184 for details.

  • New device to help with proper extinguisher use

    Rockwood firefighters recently unveiled a new training device that they hope will encourage proper use of fire extinguishers.

    The Bullex IST Extreme Trainer features three different fire scenarios: electric motor, pot on stove and wastebasket.

    “We did some finagling, but this is basically a $10,000 unit,” said Matthew Crabtree, assistant fire chief.

    “According to the manufacturer, we’re the only small-timers in the area that have got it.”

  • Pair arrested for burglary, robbery

    A couple of Roane County men were arrested late last month on burglary and robbery charges at a Roane State Hwy. apartment.

    Twenty-four-year-old Sean Thomas Eken of 149 Oaklawn Drive, Rockwood, and Gordon Wesley Gillespie, 22, of 201 Carr Ave., Harriman, are charged with aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery and reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon.

    An officer was dispatched to 2913 Roane State Hwy., where Bryan Strand and Charlotte Underwood reported Strand was lying in bed when two subjects broke into the apartment.

  • Alliance Gala planned for next month

    Mission Possible! The Roane Alliance believes so, and so goes the theme for this year’s annual Gala on Nov. 9.

    Planned as a night of celebrating The Alliance’s successes, it is also an opportunity to go as a favorite “secret agent” — anyone from James Bond to The Pink Panther. Or not, as costumes are optional.

    This year will be remembered as one that continued to bring many challenges to The Alliance and its partners.

  • Volunteer Energy supports agencies
  • Renfro executive resident for state pharmacy assn.

    The Tennessee Pharmacists Association has selected a former Harriman resident as its sixth conscutive executive resident.

    Zac Renfro, a graduate of the inaugural class of the Belmont University College of Pharmacy of 2012, began his residency during the summer.

    He is the son of Lee and Mike Renfro of Harriman. His grandparents are Grace Crabtree of Harriman and Louise Renfro of Rockwood.

  • Leadership Roane County Alumni social slated Oct. 10

    Johnny Griffin, Leslie Henderson and Mike Albertson are among those who might be at the annual Leadership Roane County Alumni Association social event from 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 10 at Roane County Park shed 2.

    The new 2013 Leadership Roane County class will be in attendance.

    In addition to entertainment, there will be hamburgers, hot dogs and other picnic-style food.

    It is a great opportunity for alumni to meet the new class.

  • Take job, or get the benefits boot

    Claimants of unemployment benefits can be disqualified from receiving further benefits if they refuse to accept a suitable job offer, according to a statement last week from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    Recent changes to Employment Security Law redefine what is considered suitable and revise the standard based on the length of time unemployment benefits are receiv-ed.

    If the agency finds a claimant has refused otherwise suitable work based solely upon the rate of pay, then his claim is stopped for refusing such work.