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  • Ordinance would allow non-Rockwoodians to own liquor stores in city

    Owners and operators of Rockwood liquor stores are required to live in the city at least three years before applying for a liquor store privilege license.

    Rockwood City Council will consider changing that requirement with the first reading of an ordinance at its meeting today, Feb. 25.

    “I asked the city attorney to get a legal opinion of the Rockwood ordinance as it was written,” said Mayor James Watts. “The legal opinion is you cannot put a residency restriction on a liquor ordinance.”

  • ‘She’s a heckuva cook:' Rockwood police clerk does a sweet turn for N.J. officers

    Thomas Boyd, the police chief in Seaside Heights, N.J., has never met Kathy Griffin in person, but he knows something about her.   

    “She’s a heckuva cook,” he said.

    Seaside Heights was one of the towns devastated by Hurricane Sandy. Griffin, a Rockwood Police Department records clerk, said she saw Boyd and some of his officers on TV during a benefit concert held for the victims last year.  

  • State antes up funds for Roane State security

    The Tennessee Building Commission last week approved $306,000 for Roane State Community College to extend security upgrades to its campuses, including the main campus in Roane County.

    “In this day and age, unfortunately, there are increasing numbers of incidents and threats to educational institutions,” Roane State President Chris Whaley said.

    “We want to take every step we possibly can to increase security for Roane State students, faculty and staff and for community members,” he added.

  • Keeping kids safe: Price tag high to protect priceless resource

    Beefing up security at schools in Roane County won’t be cheap.

    A committee tasked with making a recommendation on how to make schools safer estimates the cost at $1.8 million. The figure includes the price of hiring 12 school resource officers and upgrading camera systems at some schools.

    “I’m committed to trying to make our schools more secure,” Commissioner Randy Ellis said during the committee’s meeting last week.

  • No true bill on Kirkham

    The Tennessee Comptroller’s Office looked into some issues that involved former Roane County property assessor Teresa Kirkham and current Property Assessor David Morgan.

    Neither resulted in criminal charges. An addendum posted on the District Attorney General’s website said the Roane County grand jury chose to take no action on the matters when it met last week.

    Kirkham’s involved the reduced appraisal on the Regions Bank building in downtown Harriman.

  • Rockwood to open bids for new fire truck

    Rockwood Fire Department may be adding a new fire pumper to its aging fleet.

    Rockwood City Council will open bids for a new vehicle at 5:30 p.m. today, Feb. 25, before the regularly scheduled meeting.

    The last fire department vehicle was purchased in 2000.

    “We are getting to the point our reserve fleet — they are all over 30 years old,” said assistant fire chief Matt Crabtree at a meeting last month.

    Crabtree said they spent several thousand dollars in maintenance on just one vehicle in 2012.

  • Rockwood may change rules for administrator

    The minimum qualifications for a city administrator in Rockwood includes a college degree and training in municipal management, public administration, business administration, planning or comparable experience.

    A candidate is also required to move to the city within 90 days.

    Mayor James Watts is proposing changes to both those categories. Rockwood Finance Committee put off the ordinance until next month.


    Oliver Spring’s Carmichael Park is the former location of the Oliver Springs Colored School.
    Those who want to preserve the school’s memory are getting help from a grant of nearly $45,000 the town received to establish the park.
    Edward Jackson and Kelvin Knaff are members of the undeveloped park’s board of directors.

  • Once-trusted official indicted

    Former Rockwood public works director Tom Pierce was indicted Wednesday on charges that include theft, official misconduct and unauthorized use of credit cards. 
    Pierce was seen as a loyal city employee, and the accusations surprised city officials.
    “I had a lot of confidence in Tom’s ability and the job he was doing for the city,” Mayor James Watts said. “When it all came up, certainly, it was a shock. But again, we had to do what is in the best interest of not only our employees but the city of Rockwood.”

  • Negligent homicide charged

    Timothy Ray Treadway, a 40-year-old Rockwood man, was indicted by the Roane County grand jury on Tuesday for criminal negligent homicide.
    He’s accused of killing 31-year-old Shayne Woodall on Jan. 15.
    According to a Roane County Sheriff’s Office incident report, Deputy Keith Kile responded to 387 Waldo Road in reference to a collapsed man.
    He met Treadway when he arrived.