Roane County Anti-Drug Coalition


Putnam County Woman Charged with TennCare Doctor Shopping

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A Putnam County woman is charged with TennCare fraud involving doctor shopping, which is the crime of using TennCare healthcare insurance benefits to go to multiple doctors in a short time period to obtain controlled substances. The Office of Inspector General (OIG), with assistance from Cookeville Police and Putnam County Sheriff’s officers,…
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August 5, 2014 0


For young people, alcohol is the drug of choice. In fact, alcohol is used by more young people than tobacco or illicit drugs. Although most children under age 14 have not yet begun to drink, early adolescence is a time of special risk for beginning to experiment with alcohol. While some parents and guardians may…
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August 4, 2014 0

Marijuana Dangers

According to new research, regular marijuana users may have impairments in their brain’s ability to respond to dopamine, a chemical released by the organ that is involved in feelings of reward, among other functions. Although the research can’t determine if regular marijuana use affects deficits in brain reward centers – or if they use it to…
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August 1, 2014 0

Staying Safe at Prom

You have been nervous, anxious, and endlessly excited for prom for what seems like months. Your hair is complete, your makeup is flawless, your dress is on and now you have a two whole hours to go until the night of the year begins. Your friends are dancing, laughing, primping, and before you know it,…
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April 14, 2014 0

Boys and Girls Club opening in early 2014

The first Boys & Girls Clubs of Roane County location will be open for business at the first of the year. A startup date of Jan. 13, 2014, was announced to the Harriman Rotary Club last week. An application drive kicks off Nov. 21 at Harriman Middle School, site of the initial club. “We need…
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November 25, 2013 0

Cold pills? You’ll need a prescription in Harriman

Customers shopping for pseudoephedrine and ephedrine products in Harriman now need a prescription. Harriman City Council approved second and final reading of an ordinance making the restrictions earlier this month, and Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle said he talked to area pharmacists and doctors about it after first reading. “There wasn’t any opposition to it,”…
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November 25, 2013 0

DA, anti-drug head rap new pain drug approval

The Roane County District Attorney General and the head of an anti-drug group in Roane County on Friday expressed “grave concerns” about the approval by the FDA of a powerful new drug described as five to 10 times more potent than traditional painkillers. DA Russell Johnson said the medication, Zohydro ER, is the first hydrocodone-only…
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November 14, 2013 0

December opening eyed for Boys and Girls Club

A Boys and Girls Club opening in Roane County may be as close as mid-December, but organizers need community support. The Roane County Boys and Girls Club Unit Advisory Board is kicking off a Founders’ Campaign at the Hooray for Harriman Labor Day Festival. However, anyone can donate now or in the future. “All funds…
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September 30, 2013 0

Boys and Girls Club Nears Start, Rockwood, Harriman Middle Schoolers Targeted

By Cindy Simpson, Roane County News Advocates of a Boys and Girls Club in Roane County are still passionate about their cause. They hope to see the beginnings of a club soon, too. “Our goal is to have a club in either Rockwood Middle School or Harriman Middle School by the middle of December,” said…
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July 10, 2013 0

Oak Ridge Mom Pleads in Case of Drinking Game with Juveniles

KINGSTON — An Oak Ridge woman with an extensive criminal record has pleaded guilty to two counts of violation of the state’s Social Host Law by allegedly playing “beer pong,” a drinking game, with her underage son and three other juveniles. Misti Dawn Butler, 38, told the juveniles she was serving them “child’s alcohol” when…
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June 26, 2013 0