Local News

  • Revenue up, spending down in Rockwood’s ‘good year’

    Rockwood’s financials for 2015-16 are a reason to celebrate.

    Rockwood’s City Recorder and Administrator Becky Ruppe reported to City Council last week that more revenue was taken in than was spent, and “all budgets came in under budget.”

    “We had a good year – good enough to raise our fund balance,” she said.

    “Our department heads and employees worked hard to keep their expenditures under what was budgeted ... we commend them for doing a great job,” Ruppe added Wednesday.

  • ‘She’s a bloody mess’

    “She’s a bloody mess, ma’am.”

    That’s how Larry McCabe described the dead body of Brooke Nicole Morris when he spoke to a Roane County E-911 dispatcher from a dark rural road almost five years ago.

    McCabe and his wife Debra were coming from a party in Kingston on Oct. 15, 2011, when they came upon Morris’ body at the intersection of Blair Road and Old Blair Road.

  • Mullins loanless; Sams in for $163

    Candidates in the Roane County road superintendent and property assessor races have turned to themselves for financial backing.

    Incumbent Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson loaned his campaign $12,000 on June 9, according to the campaign financial disclosure statement he filed with the Roane County Election Office on July 11.

    The disclosure statement covered the period from April 1 to June 30. Ferguson’s report shows he also received $5,725 in contributions during that period.

  • Rockwood officials tap brakes on another stop sign at intersection

    Rockwood resident Jeremy Byar wants city officials to look at addressing traffic at Chamberlain Avenue and Tedder Street.

    He shared his concerns Monday with Rockwood City Council.

    “I have lived there five years, and I have watched it [the intersection] get more and more dangerous,” he said.

    “There are cats getting killed, and kids are in danger.”

    He asked if Council would consider making the intersection a three-way stop.



    The Roane County News graphics and sales teams enjoy having their accomplishments recognized with nine awards presented last week by the Tennessee Press Association. Graphics team members are, front row from left, Erny James, Mary Ann O’Shell and Joann Pierce; and back row, sales team members Sherry Long, Betty Lee and Sheryl Taylor.


  • OS wants to honor police with blue lighting

    Oliver Springs will honor its police officers next week, and organizers are asking the community to contribute by “going blue.”

    Residents are asked to display blue outdoor lighting Aug. 2-3 “to show their appreciation for putting their lives on the line every day for us,” said Tammi Barger, event chairwoman.

  • Harriman budget may wait till after election

    Harriman officials are eyeing a 2016-17 city budget that does not include a property tax increase.

    Harriman City Council will likely discuss the budget on Aug. 2, but officials are debating whether to wait until after the Aug. 4 election for passage to give those elected an opportunity to share their opinion before they take office.

    The budget does not include more money for paving. The city borrowed more than $2 million for paving this fiscal year.

  • Jury selected for Smoot murder trial

    Ten women and six men will serve as jurors and alternates in Shawn Smoot's first-degree murder trial in Kingston.

    The jury was selected early Wednesday evening. Criminal Court Judge Jeff Wicks allowed the 16 to go home Wednesday before their sequestration begins Thursday.

    They will be staying at a local hotel under the watch of members of the Roane County Sheriff's Office.


    Jesse Trevino thought he had beaten a rare kidney disorder he battled as a teen, but his struggle is far from over.

    In February, Trevino learned the autoimmune disease MPGN Type 2 is again attacking his kidneys, and he was suffering from renal failure.

    “He’s on dialysis three days a week, four hours at a time,” said his aunt Michelle Runions.

    “I have my good days and my bad days,” Trevino added. “Some days, I just want to go home and sleep, and other days I’m all right.”

  • Former RSCC player suing Rockwood, police officers

    A former Roane State Community College basketball player is accusing Rockwood police of excessive force and arresting him with no probable cause in a federal lawsuit filed earlier this month.

    “As a result of this incident, plaintiff lost his scholarship and when neither he nor his family could continue to afford his tuition, plaintiff was forced to drop out of college,” claims Xavier Howard in the suit against the city of Rockwood, former patrolman Chris Kennedy and Police Sgt. Randy Keahy.