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  • More to come on greenway

    The gates are open and the ribbons are cut.

    So what’s next for the Ladd Greenway?

    We’ll know soon, after Kingston City Manager David Bolling gets word back from Tennessee Department of Transportation.

    But there are plans aplenty, for both the short term and the long haul, as local officials seek to make the greenway a fully realized, full-service park.

  • Serving those who sacrificed

    Roane County native Matt Cofer has one of the most important jobs in the U.S. Armed Services.

    He is responsible for honoring our military serviceman who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

    The 2013 Rockwood High School graduate is a member of an elite unit stationed at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, formerly Fort Myer, Va., home of Arlington National Cemetery and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

  • Rockwood man charged with rape

    A Rockwood man allegedly raped a teenager in Evans Heights Tuesday morning.

    Landon Adam Wolfe was arrested and charged with aggravated rape in the incident.

    According to the report, officers with the Rockwood Police Department were dispatched to Wolfe’s apartment at 146 Evans Heights just before 2 a.m. to investigate a rape complaint.

  • The heat is ON
  • ‘Thou shalt not’

    Two Harriman men are accused of trying to use a Bible to sneak drugs to an inmate in the Roane County Jail.

    James Dewey Sampson Jr., 43, and Alvin Dewey Sampson, 38, are each charged with introduction of contraband into a penal institution.

    According to the warrant, Alvin Sampson’s wife, Amanda Sampson, is an inmate at the jail.

  • Rocky Houston’s son in trouble with the law

    A 1992 Ford Ranger registered to federal inmate Rocky Joe Houston was found on the Midway High School football field on Jan. 31, 2016.

    His son, Cody Clyde Houston, is accused of driving the truck onto the field and damaging the turf. Cody, 26, faces a vandalism charge in the incident. The Roane County grand jury indicted him last fall. He was arrested on Monday.

  • Blinker on
  • CLOSE THE DOOR!

    When it comes to fire, a closed door may not seem like much — but it could be what helps someone survive a fire.

    Rockwood Fire Department constructed a display of a door and walls as part of their community education efforts to share the Tennessee Fire Marshal’s campaign of “Close the Door!”

    “It can make a difference between life and death so what they are pushing is to shut your bedroom door at night,” said Rockwood Fire Chief Matt Crabtree.

  • Standoff defendant trial delayed

    A man accused of attempted second-degree murder saw his trial postponed again.

    Jeremy Gambrell was set to be in court on Tuesday, July 25, but the trial was continued.

    “The case has been rescheduled. There was a last minute question about some issues having to do with bullet wounds,” said assistant district attorney Robert Edwards.

    “I can tell you whether wounds are entry wounds or exit wounds has been given some extra attention by experts,” said Edwards.

  • Rockwood in search of new judge

    Rockwood City Judge Mark Foster will soon be leaving with his family for a new beginning when his wife Kara takes over as senior minister at Madisonville First Christian in Madisonville (Disciples of Christ) in Kentucky.

    Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller said he would be looking for someone to recommend to Rockwood City Council for approval and would be having a special called meeting sometime between now and the next city court date.