Local News

  • Rockwood police recover stolen handgun

    Rockwood police recovered a stolen firearm while responding to a possible burglary on Oct. 4.

    Jerry D. Ratliff, a 53-year-old Harriman man, was charged with unlawfully carrying a firearm and theft of property. 

  • Man accused of pistol whipping

    Robert James Tonachio Jr., a 40-year-old Kingston man, was charged with two counts of aggravated assault for allegedly pointing a gun at his girlfriend and pistol whipping her male friend. 

    The incident happened at 209 River Road last month. Roane County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Seth Hammons investigated.  

  • City looks to pour millions into energy renovations

    Rockwood leaders are considering a proposal that would generate as much as $6 million to pay for lighting upgrades, road paving, building repairs and new fire equipment without a tax increase.

  • Sheriff has hefty campaign haul

    When Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton seeks his fourth term next year, one thing he won’t be hurting for is campaign money. 

  • Ferguson a road board no-show

    One person who has been noticeably absent from Road Committee meetings is Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson.

    He said he doesn’t go because he doesn’t like how the committee does business.

    “We’ve tried to go and they wanted to do it on their own and do everything different and didn’t want to cooperate with us,” he said. “Their job really is supposed to be to help the road superintendent with whatever he needs help with in his department.”

    That hasn’t been the case, according to Ferguson.

  • Festival Fun

    The Rockwood Fall Festival meant lots of fun for youngsters on Saturday

  • FCE Club a natural fit for former 4-H’er Silvis

    Longtime Family and Community Education Club member Jo Ann Silvis started out in 4-H as a youngster, getting her early experiences in many of the homemaking skills she would continue honing as a member of the Bradbury FCE Club.

    Her parents were farmers, and she was heavily involved in the 4-H program in the 1940s and ‘50s.

    “I was in 4-H and was in All Stars. It was just a step up in 4-H,” said Silvis.

  • FCE a way to connect, learn vital skills

    For decades Roane County Family and Community Education clubs have been a place for people to connect and learn vital skills, whether it’s canning or home economics.

    Club members will be celebrating their organization during National Family Community Education Week on Oct. 9-15 with an open house 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the Kingston Community Center.

  • Rockwood may borrow funds for energy efficiency

    Rockwood City Council recently passed a resolution that opens up the possibility of borrowing up to $5 million in general obligation bonds for energy efficiency projects in the city.

    At 11:30 a.m. today, Wednesday, Rockwood City Council will be meeting with Trane to discuss an energy audit that will give them a direction to go regarding the types of energy-saving improvements that could be made in the city.

    “The $5 million is a not to exceed $5 million,” said Rockwood City Administrator Becky Ruppe.