Local News

  • 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.

  • Woman accused of attempted murder

    Regina Denise Walker, a 55-year-old Rockwood woman, is charged with attempted second-degree murder in Roane County Criminal Court.

    She’s accused of striking a Kingston woman, Liliane Martorelli, with a Toyota 4Runner on June 24, 2015.

    “Witnesses saw her hit Liliane, back up and try to hit her again,” Kingston Police Department Detective Keith Kile said.

  • Rogers charged in fatal crash

    A 30-year-old woman is facing charges in connection with a fatal car crash that happened last fall.

    Crystal D. Rogers is charged with vehicular homicide involving intoxication, vehicular assault, two counts of reckless endangerment with a weapon, driving under the influence and child abuse.

    She was indicted by the Roane County grand jury on June 19.

    The crash occurred South of the River on Dry Fork Valley Road on Oct. 9 around 3:30 p.m. The Tennessee Highway Patrol investigated the crash.

  • Cawood back as RHS principal

    Shannon Cawood has returned to his position as principal of Rockwood High School.

    “Mr. Cawood is principal and we’re looking forward to a great school year,” Roane County Director of Schools Leah Rice Watkins said.

    Cawood was suspended from the principal position following his Feb. 11 arrest for domestic assault. The charge was later dismissed.

    The alleged victim was Cawood’s wife, Midway Middle School Principal Amy Cawood. She wrote a letter to the court that said she did not wish to pursue the case against him.


    Developers are planning to restart a subdivision project in Roane County that was once the subject of controversy.

    David Beverly, the project engineer for The Cove at Blackberry Ridge, appeared before the Roane County Planning Commission on June 21.

    “We’re here tonight trying to reactivate the subdivision,” Beverly said. “It’s been on standstill here for several years. We’re here tonight with a preliminary plat request.”

    The Cove at Blackberry Ridge is located off Huffine Road near the Loudon County line.

  • Bennett named assistant recreation director

    A Professional Golfers’ Association instructor is coming home to share his expertise with the Emory Golf Course where he played as a youth.

    “Jacob Bennett has accepted the position in our parks and recreation department to assist Allen and act as the manager of the golf course,” said city manager Kevin Helms on Thursday.

    Bennett comes with quite some credentials, Helms said. That includes being a certified instructor through the Professional Golfers’ Association.

  • School leadership gets a makeover

    Midway Elementary School and Kingston Elementary School will have new principals next school year.

    Tim Thompson is leaving the principal position at Midway to take over at Kingston.

    “We're very excited about that transition,” Director of Schools Leah Rice Watkins said.

    Thompson took over as principal at Midway Elementary in 2012. He replaces Shelia Sitzlar as principal at Kingston.

  • TBR approves tuition increases

    From staff reports

    The Tennessee Board of Regents voted unanimously for a 2.6 percent tuition increase at community colleges and colleges of applied technology.

    The vote took place at the regular quarterly meeting of the board held Friday at Roane State Community College.

    Roane State president Chris Whaley said he was pleased the tuition hike was the smallest increase in 25 years.

    Community colleges are supported by both tuition and state funding, Whaley said.

  • Hinds wins big in math competition