Come support your fire department this weekend and find some bargains too! This huge annual charity event will be held as always at Station #1 on Pumphouse Road just outside Rockwood. Hours are May 1, 7 AM to 7 PM and May 2, 7 AM to 2 PM. For more information, see WestRoane.com ((link...)).

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Thu
Apr 23 2015
10:02 am

A "combination of winds and low relative humidity will lead to increased fire danger this afternoon. Residents of east Tennessee... are discouraged from burning this afternoon."
Source: National Weather Service

Note that burning permits are required October 15 through May 15 and are always a good idea: (link...).

-- OneTahiti

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Sun
Mar 22 2015
08:25 pm

The West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department will have its annual elegant junk 'yard sale' at Station 1 on Pumphouse Road, Rockwood. Please call 865-354-8201 to arrange for pick-up or to drop-off your slightly used items.

UPDATED: Hours: May 1, 7 AM to 7 PM; May 2, 7 AM to 2 PM.

Also, please limit the amount of clothing donated since we have limited remaining clothing space.

Support the West Roane VFD and have fun at the same time. Donate, then shop! Come meet with your neighbors and find bargains.

The dedicated volunteers of the West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department make hundreds of runs each year; about half have been emergency medical calls and the rest were fires, searches, rescues, vehicle extrications, and a long list of other categories.

WRCVFD is a Roane County United Way Partner Agency.

West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department is a United Way Partner Agency

-- OneTahiti

First-graders at Ridge View Elementary in Rockwood have raised most of the funds they want for LED writing tablets, but still have $145 $138 $132 $0 to go. Help these students by donating at DonorsChoose.org ((link...)). Every little bit can make a difference!

-- OneTahiti

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Tue
Dec 30 2014
06:13 pm

Time is growing short for Mrs. Burgess's first graders in their quest on DonorsChoose for LCD writing tablets. They are over halfway to their goal, with $165 left to go.

To help these students, go to: (link...) Every little bit helps!

All donations are tax-deductible.

-- OneTahiti

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Thu
Dec 18 2014
07:11 am

West Roane VFD ((link...)) receives their first quarterly donation check from Kroger this month. So far the donation averages over $25 per signed-up family per month. Thank you, Kroger!

If you shop at Kroger and want to get more donations for the fire department by shopping as usual, here's how to sign up:

TO USE THE KROGER COMMUNITY REWARDS PROGRAM:

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Sat
Dec 13 2014
02:58 pm

WVLT has the story: (link...).

-- OneTahiti

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Sat
Dec 6 2014
06:40 pm

Want to see what various police groups got from the Pentagon? Scroll down to the picklist on this page to search by state and department: (link...)

-- OneTahiti

Thu
Dec 4 2014
02:33 pm

The West Roane County VFD website has updated safety links for this holiday season:

Toy and Product safety: (link...).
Christmas Tree Fire videos: ((link...)), plus more on Youtube ((link...))
Winter fire safety tips: ((link...))
Holiday fire safety fact sheet: ((link...), PDF).

-- OneTahiti

The Rockwood Ministerial Association (RMA, (link...)) runs the Food Pantry in Rockwood. The Food Pantry feeds an average of over 1000 people each month.

They also give out Christmas baskets in December. This year RMA hopes to give out over 300 Christmas baskets filled with food. Sign-up between 10 a.m. and noon weekdays from Nov. 10-21 in the Food Pantry. Bring identification and documentation of income.

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Mon
Nov 10 2014
07:17 pm

Kroger shoppers may set West Roane County Volunteer Fire as their designated charity to receive funds from Kroger's Community Rewards® program. Sign in or create an account at (link...). Then designate West Roane County Volunteer Fire as your charity at (link...). After that, shop as usual at Kroger's, swiping your card.

Amazon shoppers may set West Roane County Volunteer Fire as their designated charity

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Fri
Nov 7 2014
11:01 am

We want to thank the kind volunteers at West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department ((link...)), and also RoaneViews' WhitesCreek and the fine folks at Rockwood Electric. We are truly blessed to be surrounded by such wonderful neighbors and friends. Here is what happened.

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Tue
Nov 4 2014
09:39 am
By: onetahiti

In Tennessee, go to (link...) to look up your voting location.

-- OneTahiti

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Mon
Sep 8 2014
05:39 pm

The Tennessean ((link...)) reports that Kroger is changing its 'give back' donation program. Now shoppers will be able to designate a charity online at: (link...).

Charities that want to participate should sign up online: (link...). I checked, and so far Ridge View Elementary, Rockwood Food Pantry (Rockwood Ministerial Association), and West Roane County VFD are not yet signed up; I hope they sign up soon.

-- OneTahiti

Tue
Sep 2 2014
08:26 am

There is a new website, CrowdPac.com ((link...)). It lets you enter your interests and issues and lists political candidates to match, with lots of extra information. Definitely recommended.

-- OneTahiti

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Fri
Aug 22 2014
10:55 am

"For three days only, from August 22 to August 24, 2014, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will fund 50% of this (Donorschoose.org) project if (others) donate the remaining amount."

Now is a great time to support our schools and get Bill Gates to chip in. There are currently four classrooms in Roane County seeking funding: (link...).

Every little bit helps.

-- OneTahiti

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Fri
Aug 15 2014
03:07 pm

"The hotline, which offers help in math, science, language arts, social studies and reading, can be reached at two numbers — 615-298-6636 and 1-888-868-5777."

Read more at WBIR: (link...).

-- OneTahiti

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Wed
Aug 13 2014
04:28 pm

Creative Kids Preschool is opening in Rockwood this month. Finally Rockwood will have a private, non-church-based alternative for those children aged 3 to 5 who aren't eligible for Headstart.

An open house and registration will be held Tuesday August 19th, from 9am to 12pm. For more information, call Carolyn at 773-6973 or see: (link...).

-- OneTahiti

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Mon
Aug 4 2014
07:58 am

-- OneTahiti :)

Wed
Jul 30 2014
10:51 am

The Rockwood Ministerial Association ((link...)), which runs the Food Pantry, is sponsoring its annual charity golf tournament at the Rockwood Golf and Country Club on Saturday, August 9th, starting at 8 am.

The cost is $100.00 per person to play on teams of four, OR supporters may sponsor a hole for $100.00. Each hole will have a sign with the name of the person or business sponsor.

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Tue
Jul 29 2014
09:05 am
By: onetahiti

This time nobody is laughing: (link...)

-- OneTahiti

Mon
Jul 28 2014
06:47 am

Three Roane County primary school classes are hoping for tablet computers to help them with their studies. Two classes need one tablet and the other needs two.

Unfortunately, these requests are all over $800 each and are unlikely to be filled by any one donor. However, if each school supporter in our community donates just a little, together we could get these students the computers they need.

Please consider helping these children by donating to their projects at DonorsChoose.org: (link...).

-- OneTahiti

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Sat
Jul 19 2014
04:29 am

Updated: There are only 18 15 days left to the DonorsChoose.org funding request of a class of Raymond S. Bower elementary school students. They are hoping for math-themed books to read, graph paper, and other math-related supplies.

The students have raised most of the funds needed but are still $184.89 $174.89 from their goal.

Please, won't you consider giving at least a little? We can let these would-be readers and math students know we care: (link...).

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Sat
Jun 28 2014
02:17 pm

Politico (via Daily Kos) has an excellent article about our economy and what to do about it: (link...).

-- OneTahiti

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Thu
Jun 26 2014
06:26 pm

See: (link...).

-- OneTahiti

Thu
Jun 26 2014
06:04 pm

The police department in Rockwood is getting 11 new Dodge Chargers. WATE has the story: (link...).

-- OneTahiti

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Mon
Jun 23 2014
10:24 am
By: onetahiti

It has been 42 years since Title IX, which promotes "gender equality in education," became law. This was too late for me, so I was never allowed to take wood or metal or auto shop in high school. School administrators said having a girl in shop class "would be a disruptive influence."

I really wanted to take shop and their rejection still stings. You can probably guess that today I'm a big fan of Title IX.

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Fri
May 16 2014
09:27 am

The annual yard 'sale' of the West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department is today round the clock all night until tomorrow at 2 PM. Go to Station #1 on Pumphouse Road near Rockwood for community fun and lots of bargains.

One of the many bargains available is a high-quality cotton light blue shirt with gorgeous hand-painted flowers. This is in perfect condition. See a slide show about it.

For more information: (link...).

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Wed
May 14 2014
08:43 am

Horsehead in Rockwood, which recently closed "indefinitely," has resumed operations.

-- OneTahiti

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Mon
May 5 2014
11:55 am
By: onetahiti

Find dark skies near you with Google Earth and a light pollution overlay: (link...).

-- OneTahiti

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Lost Medicaid Funding

To date, the failure to expand Medicaid / TennCare has cost the State of Tennessee ? in lost federal funding.