Local News

  • Rocky Top store burglary suspect jailed

    A suspect was arrested late last week in connection with the Rocky Top General Store burglaries which happened over the Memorial Day weekend.

    Jamie Poland, 37, was arrested Friday on two counts of burglary, three counts of theft and vandalism, Harriman police reported.

    Poland is accused of breaking into the South Harriman store and taking Case knife dealer displays valued at $1,600.

    “We got some of the knives back,” said Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle.

  • Man hurt in area’s third motorcycle crash in three weeks

    A Kingston man was injured in a motorcycle accident on Monday. It happened around 6:20 p.m. on Gallaher Road in front of Weigel’s.

    Kingston Police Sgt. Roy Montgomery said Trampas Heaton was headed north on a Yamaha motorcycle. Around the same time, Jason Williams was attempting to turn into Weigel’s in a Dodge pickup truck. He was pulling a jet ski on a trailer.

    “His trailer didn’t quite make it and Mr. Heaton hit the trailer,” Montgomery said.

  • Rockwood man injured in Hwy. 58 wreck

    From staff reports

    A Rockwood man was injured in a single-vehicle wreck on Hwy. 58 last Wednesday afternoon.

    Scott Dickey, 54, was traveling southbound on Hwy. 58 when he ran off the right side of the roadway, Tennessee Highway Patrol reports said.

    The vehicle struck a tree, rotated 90 degrees clockwise, overturned and rolled down the roadway.

    It came to rest on its top on the roadway.

    The cause of the crash is still under investigation, THP reports said.

  • Wannabe candidate wants to halt race

    Two months have passed and John C. Augustine is still angry with the Tennessee Highway Officials Certification Board.

    Augustine wanted to run for Roane County road superintendent this year, but his attempt to get certified by the board was unsuccessful.

    “I’m upset,” he said.

    The highway board, which meets in Nashville, rejected Augustine’s certification on March 31.

  • Driver stopped with 6 in U.S. illegally

    A Houston man was charged with transporting people in the country without permission following a May 26 traffic stop on Interstate 40 in Roane County.

    According to the arrest report, Luis Alberto Villalobo Lopez was traveling east in a white 2012 Nissan Pathfinder. Trooper Isaiah Lloyd said he stopped the vehicle because it was following a tractor trailer too closely.

  • Looking to beat the Heat?

    Whether it’s fishing, swimming, picnicking or playing games, Roane County Park in Midtown has a lot to offer area residents.

    “People have been raised at the park,” said Roane County Parks and Recreation Director Mike Beard.

    “We’re trying to take the tradition of Roane County Park and build on that to meet today’s challenges.”

    Today’s challenges could be viewed as giving people as many choices as possible. If that’s the case, Roane County Park is meeting that challenge.



    Roane County roads are in terrible shape, and the solution is new leadership in the Road Department, according to Brian Mullins, candidate for Road Superintendent in the August 4 election.

  • Water rate increase pitched


    Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas may soon implement its first water rate increase in a couple of years.

    “I will be recommending to the board as part of the budget ― and that will have to go to City Council ― a small rate increase to keep up with the increase in operating costs,” said Manager Kim Ramsey.

  • Police looking into apartment shooting


    From staff reports

    A Rockwood resident found someone had shot through his window at his Heritage Hills Apartment Thursday afternoon.

  • Rockwood 2000 members appreciate city workers



    City employees often go unnoticed and underappreciated.