Local News

  • 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.

  • GOING with the FLO: We must improve our military’s readiness


    We must heed the warnings of retired Four-Star Gen. Jack Keane, a former vice chief of staff, and U.S. Army and military analyst.

  • State offering grants to preserve historic projects

    The Tennessee Historical Commission is accepting grant applications for historic preservation projects beginning Dec. 1.

    These federally funded grants will be available after Congress passes the federal budget. The exact amount of funds available grants is not known, but it is expected to be in the range of $250,000.

    Applications will be reviewed, rated, and ranked. Decisions on funding grants will be made when the exact amount of funds are known. This may be as late as next August, depending on when Congress completes work on the budget.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Rights need to be preserved for all

    As the father of two daughters, I feel I have a stake in the debate over sexual harassment. As much as I’m concerned about my daughters’ safety, I think the issue is really about people treating each other with respect.

    Unfortunately we live in a world where respect for other people, especially those with whom we disagree, seems to be in short supply.

    No person should have to worry about being harassed at school, work or in public.

    Anyone subjected to such an assault should be able to seek justice through our legal system.