Local News

  • Tournament could be tourism home run

    Rockwood’s demographic will soon have a profound, although temporary, shift in late July.
    The town will soon be bustling with 7- and 8-year-olds and their families from Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.
    Rockwood will be hosting the 2013 Dixie Youth AA baseball world series.
    “It is a huge deal for Rockwood,” said Rockwood Park and Recreation Director Jody Mioduski. “I need a lot of help; I need a lot of donations to pull this thing off.”
    He said it will be worth it.

  • Schools could cost you more

    Roane County Board of Education members wrestled again with the prospect of a tax increase to balance the proposed 2013-14 school budget last week.
    “We’re about $3 million short. Is that right?” Board member Sam Cox asked.
    “Yes,” schools business manager Eric Harbin responded.
    “What kind of tax-rate increase would that be?” Cox asked.
    “Twenty-six cents,” Harbin responded.

  • No easy path for Kingston greenway

    Even as the main installment of the Ladd Landing Greenway nears completion, other planned portions — including a fourth greenway and a parking lot expansion — have snagged on bureaucratic issues.
    Kingston City Manager Jim Pinkerton reported at a recent meeting that the project, comprising greenway sections A, B, and C in the city’s Ladd Landing development, should be finished in May.

  • Watch out for prison rip-off

     State officials are warning about a scam targeting families of inmates.
    “Several offender family members have reported receiving phone calls from someone claiming to represent the Comptroller’s Office and offering to help secure the release of inmates from prison,” Tennessee Department of Corrections officials said in a press release. “The caller instructs the family member to send two large sums of money through Western Union in order to secure the inmate’s release.”

  • Not your average model train

    A large model train constructed by late Oliver Springs resident Staples Cross recently made a long trip home from South Carolina

    What’s so special about it?

    “The mudflaps, everything, is made out of wood,” said Pat Crowe. Cross is believed to have spent 400 hours making the train.

    Dorothy Kelly, the wife of Cross’ nephew Billy Kelly, decided to donate the train to the Oliver Springs Historical Society upon her husband’s death.

  • Did you know

    ... that while Roane State is well-respected as our local community college, Roane County once had two other institutes of higher learning?
    In Harriman

    The first was in Harriman, where what we now know as the Temperance Building was used as the part of the American Temperance University.

    In 1898, its second year, the university enrolled 345 students from 20 states.

    Believe it or not, this school is in the college football record books.

    Trust us, it’s not a good thing.

  • Anderson’s center popular — and growing

    Revelers have found a place in Rockwood to hold their festive events.
    The REC — or Rockwood Event Center — has been open for awhile, and  its popularity for parties, conferences and other events spurred a recent growth spurt that’s resulted in almost double its original space.
    “We stay consistently busy now — especially with the expansion,” said business owner Bill Anderson of the work that began in January. “We are not quite done yet. The stage is going to come out about 2 more feet.”

  • Idol dream ends

    Oliver Spring’s darling  country singer Janelle Arthur has seen her time on American Idol end.
    The singer was in the bottom two with fellow country enthusiast Kree Harrison.
    Arthur sang “You Keep Me Hangin’ On,” which she performed a stunning rendition of earlier in the season, in hopes the judges would use their one save of the season to keep her on the Fox talent show styled program.
    “Unfortunately baby, it is not unanimous. We’re not gonna use it, but we love you ...” judge Randy Jackson said.

  • Jail overcrowding an obstacle for local district attorney

    Of the many duties listed for a district attorney general in the Tennessee Code, keeping a county’s jail population down isn’t one of them. However, Roane County’s issues with overcrowding has made that a function for District Attorney General Russell Johnson throughout his nearly seven-year tenure.

  • Abuse claimed in jail lawsuit

    A former corrections officer alleges in a lawsuit that inmates were subjected to deplorable conditions and treatment at the Roane County Jail. 
    Samantha Morgan was fired on Feb. 22, 2012. She claims it was for not participating and keeping quiet about the alleged rough treatment of inmates.