WECO News: Wednesday, March 28th

A new VA hospital may be on its way to Harriman, according to Ridge Richardson. Richardson is the Public Relations Representative hired to spread the word of this possible new hospital that would take the place of the current Roane Medical Center in Harriman. Richardson says there are a lot of positives to consider, as the hospital would serve a 10 to 12 county area.

“In that 10 to 12 county area there is approximately 80,000 veterans that would be serviced by this facility,” Richardson said. “Also you’re talking about employment of about 250-300 people.”

The nearest Veteran’s hospitals to Wartburg are in Murfreesboro and the Tri-Cities area. A planning meeting has been scheduled for Saturday, April 7th at 10am at the American Legion, Post 53 in Harriman. We will have more details on this story throughout the process.

A DUI over the weekend turned into much more. According to a report, Deputy Billy Giles of the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department observed a red Ford F-150 crossing the center lane in Stephens Saturday night. The driver, Joseph H. Chadwick of 141 Angels Lane, Oliver Springs, was pulled over and asked for perform a field sobriety test. Once Chadwick stepped out of the vehicle, an open bottle of alcohol was spotted and the truck was searched. Deputy Giles and another officer found more than 10,000 dollars in the truck, along with a loaded handgun, a pill bottle with another man’s name, and about 40 Hydrocodone tablets. Chadwick was arrested and charged with Possession of a handgun while under the influence, felony possession of schedule III drugs, Possession of a legend drug, and a DUI, first offense.

A couple weeks ago we told you about a replacement blood drive for Morgan County Circuit Court Clerk Pamela Keck. The drive will be held this Friday at the American Legion Hall in Wartburg. Mrs. Keck had complications during surgery that required her to need blood transfusions. The cost of blood is not covered by insurance, so this drive is being held to pay back for the blood she needed. The event will also honor Jamie Rupert and Ralph Braden, two law enforcement officers that tragically passed away. For information regarding blood drives, visit Medic Blood.org.

The Upper Cumberland Women’s Club has announced an April Luncheon. This event will be held on April 17th at Nick’s Restaurant in Cookeville at 1pm Eastern time. The guest speaker will be Lisa Norris and her topic will be “Women’s Ways of Knowing: Mentorship and learning for Career Readiness in the Upper Cumberland Region.” Reservations are required and can be made by calling Janice Neal at 931-864-4735.

The Roane County United Way will have its annual meeting and campaign celebration this Thursday. The meeting will take place at the Michael Dunn Center in the Conference Meeting Room at 11:30am. Lunch will be provided by the Rockwood Presbyterian Church Relay for Life Team. Donations will be accepted with proceeds to benefit the American Cancer Society. RSVP by calling 865-882-7711.

And finally, teaching your dog tricks is a good thing, but you also have to teach them when to apply the knowledge. The situation sounded desperate. Police in Britain responded to an emergency call with the sound of heavy breathing. When they arrived at the home where the call originated Saturday night they found no one inside. Luckily a neighbor had a key and let police inside. That’s where they found the homeowner’s basset hound breathing into the phone. George was on the floor of the living room with his neck tangled in the phone cord. Police say George was pretty scared and it was a miracle that he was able to press the three-digit emergency number with his paw.

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