Local News

  • Little children, big obstacles

    Looking at the sweet face of 5-year-old Briley Goad, it is hard to believe she’s faced the adversity of a serious genetic disorder.

    Smiling and healthy now, Briley’s parents spent the first years of her life fighting with doctors to find out what was ailing her.

    She wasn’t thriving because of the disorder velocardiofacial syndrome, a deletion of a segment of a long arm of Chromosome 22.

  • Two indictments and lots of other trouble with law

    Benjamin Heath Clark, accused of mugging an 84-year-old woman, was indicted by the Roane County grand jury last month. He’s charged with aggravated robbery and aggravated assault-bodily injury.
    Kingston police said Clark, 23, mugged Eleanor Rogers in front of Angel Nails on North Kentucky Street in December. Her son said she suffered a broken elbow and concussion in the incident.

  • Audit: Pierce used Rockwood funds to buy small arsenal

    Investigators from the Tennessee Comptroller’s office have discovered that a former Rockwood public works director used a city credit card and a city store charge card to purchase at least $32,725 in property and services for his personal benefit over a period of about three years.
    These personal purchases included nearly $12,000 in guns, ammunition and firearm accessories, more than $7,000 in clothing, nearly $6,000 for camera equipment, more than $4,000 in online college tuition and nearly $4,000 for other miscellaneous personal items.

  • Cat defenders offer alternative

    Feral cat advocates and a concerned pet owner turned out to hear the second reading of an ordinance to put restrictions on the felines in Rockwood.
    “The humane thing and what the guidance and research says is the effective way to manage the colony is trap, neuter, return. In the process of neutering, you also vaccinate and ear tip the cat so that you know the cat has had medical attention and has been spayed or neutered,” said Diane Stevens.

  • Veteran gets help with helping hand

    Kelly Gibson, the marketing director at Victorian Square in Rockwood, said one thing sticks out to her about area veterans.
    “Around here, they take care of each other,” she said.
    That was evident on Feb. 18.
    Disabled American Veterans Chapter 86 presented Victorian Square resident Jack Adkisson with a check for $230.
    The money is for a deductible Adkisson needed to pay for a bionic arm.

  • School board offended by denial

    A routine budget amendment that wasn’t passed by the Roane County Commission drew the ire of Board of Education members.
    “I’m just truly shocked that we send a budget amendment over there that we’ve done for years and it comes back,” Mike “Brillo” Miller said. “I just don’t get it.”
    Commissioners discussed the $99,012 amendment at its Feb. 11 meeting.
    When it was time to decide, six commissioners voted yes, five others passed and four voted no.

  • School safety meetings set at five schools

    A series of meetings to discuss Roane County Schools safety has been scheduled, according to Director of Schools Gary Aytes.
    Each of the five meetings, which start March 5, will include school and Roane County Sheriff’s Office personnel and will run from 6-7 p.m.
    The schedule is:
    • March 5 at Midway Elementary School.
    • March 7 at Ridge View Elementary School in Rockwood.
    • March 14 at Cherokee Middle School in Kingston.
    • April 2 at Dyllis Springs Elementary School in Oliver Springs.

  • Mother, daughter arrested after fight

    A mother and daughter were arrested Sunday morning after a sheriff’s deputy couldn’t figure out which was the main attacker during an alleged fight.
    Ashley Gail Andrews, 22, and her mother, Teresa Gail Andrews, 44, both were charged with domestic assault.
    “The smell of alcohol was also present on both parties while speaking to them at the scene,” the report said.
    Mother and daughter had reportedly been together at Claudia’s Bar in Midtown before the altercation took place at an apartment they share.

  • Contract with TVA outlines next step in modular nuclear reactor project

    The effort to build a small modular reactor at TVA’s Clinch River site in Roane County continues to move forward.
    Last week, TVA and Babcock & Wilcox announced a contract was signed between the two on Feb. 7.
    “The agreement is the first definitive milestone in the U.S. Department of Energy’s recently initiated SMR Licensing Technical Support Program, which aims for commercial demonstration of SMRs by 2022,” TVA said in a news release.

  • More popular Ladd Park needs, drumroll ... even more parking

    With Ladd Park shaping up as first-rate outdoor recreational facility, Kingston officials have found themselves in a strange predicament: possessed with an ample waterfront but with an inadequate supply of dry land.

    To be more specific, they lacked the kind of dry land with parking spaces on it. And having the nicest park facility in the world is useless if it can’t accommodate those who would come to visit it.