Local News

  • Roane jail deficiencies on TCI board agenda

    Overcrowded and understaffed. That was the Tennessee Corrections Institute’s take during two inspections of the Roane County Jail this year.

    “It’s a problem for every county in the state of Tennessee,” Sheriff Jack Stockton said.

    Roane County thought it had solved its problem when it opened the nearly $10 million jail in 2009. Two years after opening the facility was already dealing with overcrowding issues. The problem hasn’t gotten better.

  • Rockwood deputy chief back at RCSO

    Rockwood Deputy Chief John Mayes is slipping back into a familiar role.

    He is returning to the Roane County Sheriff’s Office as investigator, a role he filled for several years until he came to Rockwood earlier this year.

    “It is just to better me financially,” said Mayes.

    Mayes, who joined the Rockwood Police Department in May of this year, said he’ll miss serving his hometown.
    Mayes said he first started in law enforcement as a patrolman for Rockwood.

  • OS man accused of sending porn to teen

    An Oliver Springs man is accused of sending a pornographic video to a 13-year-old girl in October.

    Chester Phillips, 52, is charged with sexual exploitation of a minor.

    Oliver Springs Police Officer John Carr investigated the incident.

    According to the warrant, Carr was notified about the pornographic video by the girl’s mother.

    After talking to the mother, Carr tracked down Phillips to speak with him about the allegations.

  • Mega school too big for RSCC sites

    The Roane County Board of Education’s plan to build a new consolidated high school is still alive.

    The architectural firm the board hired to put it together gave an update last month.

    “Currently we are evaluating a number of sites adjacent to Roane State Community College as was directed by the school board,” said Richard Foster, director of design for Lewis Group Architects. “All of them are smaller than I think typical, but we’re looking to kind of maximize efficiency and see what we can fit on there.”

  • Rockwood floats hope for lakeside developer

    Rockwood officials have been trying for years to develop 55 acres on Watts Bar Reservoir deeded to the city in the 1950s.

    They now are working with Knoxville-based Blue Ridge Development LLC., who wants a ground lease of the property to have amenities such as a marina, park for recreational vehicles, and other activities.

    “I have been dealing with a developer really interested in developing our lakefront property,” said Rockwood Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller.

  • Have yourself a Mary little Christmas
  • Sitters accused of shopping while intoxicated

    A couple was arrested on Nov. 26 after they were allegedly found intoxicated inside Walmart with an 11-month old.

    Rockwood police charged Bryon Cody Copeland, 25, and Marcella Marie Forrester, 26, with child abuse and neglect, theft of property, possession of drug paraphernalia and public intoxication.

    The report said Copeland and Forrester were baby sitters for the 11-month-old. Police approached the pair because they “appeared to be under the influence,” the report said.

  • Merry Christmas from Roane parks

    From staff reports

    Roane County’s parks and recreation departments are working together to share the holiday spirit of giving.

    Our Parks Care is a collaboration between Kingston, Harriman, Rockwood and Roane County parks, where small gifts will be hidden at parks for people to find and share with someone in need.

  • Christmas comes to Rockwood

    Rockwood’s Downtown Christmas festivities will begin on Dec. 1 with live holiday music starting at 3:45 p.m.

    Two carriages will be available for horse-and-carriage rides around town starting at 5.

    Music will be provided by the Roane State Carolers, the Evans Family Singers and Rockwood High School Band.

    The festivities will include a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus and the lighting of the downtown Christmas tree in Rockwood’s Homecoming Park.

    The annual event is presented by Rockwood 2000.