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Elaborate meth lab uncovered in Rockwood

The Roane County Sheriff's Office has uncovered an elaborate methamphetamine lab.

Through an anonymous tip, deputies found it deep within the woods of Rockford Wednesday.

Officials are investigating who is responsible for the meth lab. According to Chief Deputy Tim Phillips, they do have some leads.

They are also investigating who owns the property, a very rural area near Joiner Hollow Road.  

Phillips said the lab was capable of cooking 20 to 30 pounds of meth at a time.

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Harriman mayor visits D.C. to fight for proposed VA hospital

Harriman Mayor Chris Mason is back from a trip to Washington, D.C.

He spoke with Veterans Affairs on Monday about a proposed veterans hospital in his community.

The idea has been on the table for about four years, but Mason has been pursuing it for about a year.

It was the first time the mayor spoke directly with Veterans Affairs.

Mason says Veterans Affairs could lease the Roane Medical Center building for $1 a year. The building will be available in February when Covenant Health relocates.

New website lists coal ash sites in the southeast

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- An interactive website and map now shows the location and hazard risks for coal ash sites at 100 power plants throughout the Southeast.

The website, www.southeastcoalash.org , was launched by environmental conservation groups.

It lists details on power plants, the size of their coal ash containments, as well as available EPA risk assessments.

Crew reopen lanes on I-40 E. after camper accident

Crews reopened lanes on I-40 eastbound in Roane County, shortly after 5:30 p.m., after a camper overturned Saturday afternoon.   

Crews worked several hours to clear the single vehicle accident, which happened on 3:11 p.m. Saturday. 

The accident closed the right eastbound lane, and the left lane was partially blocked with debris at mile marker 341 - 342. One eastbound lane remained open to traffic, and westbound traffic reported no delays.

Tennessee Highway Patrol said no one was injured in the accident.

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Flu vaccines available for uninsured children

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Children covered by TennCare and children without insurance that covers the flu vaccine can get vaccinated at county health department clinics for only a small administrative fee.

The Tennessee Health Department says children will not be turned away if parents cannot afford the fee.   The flu vaccine is especially important for people at high risk for serious illness or death from influenza, which includes young children.

Small nuclear reactor revolution starts in Roane County

The federal government wants to shrink the size of nuclear reactors and nuclear power plants in the United States.  The hope is to develop a reactor design that will revolutionize the way nuclear plants are constructed. 

The Department of Energy announced it will co-fund a couple of projects aimed at designing and developing small modular reactors (SMRs).

Kingston Police warn stolen gear could lead to officer imposters

Detectives are in the business of cracking cases like robberies and thefts. On occasion those offenses hit a little closer to home and cause wider public safety concerns. That's the case in Kingston where police are looking for the culprit who stole official police gear from a local retailer on Thanksgiving night. Police are warning the public to be on the look out for law enforcement imposters.