Local News

  • Light-headed

    Someone was feeling a little light-headed outside the Rockwood Police Department as a dismembered Betty Boop head lay next to a trash can.

  • Giving a little more

    Malcolm Springs of Rockwood gave blood for the second time ever when the Medic Regional Blood Center made its way into Harriman on Dec. 30. Phlebotomist Ashely Shultz helped work with the donors who lined up in the cold outside the Medic bus at  the KFC. Medic Regional Blood Center has been struggling to meet the needs of area hospitals. It was offering with special holiday incentives — in this case, free movie tickets — hoping to entice more people to roll up their sleeves. 

  • Man falls through floor, freezes

    A Korean War veteran, former Rockwood American Legion Post 50 commander and longtime veterans service officer was found dead in his home at 620 Elm Ave. Tuesday, apparently from the freezing temperatures.

    Ray Arley Knight Jr., 85, was found around 4 p.m. by Rockwood Police Sgt. Kelly Pittman, who went to the home on a welfare check request.

    It appeared Knight fell through the floor of the sagging woodframe house and was stuck at his armpits.

  • Schools use three snow days, eight left to go

    Roane County students returned to school on Thursday after three unexpected days off. Officials canceled classes on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday because of the cold spell that gripped the area.

    “Hopefully, we won’t see this frigid weather again for a while,” Director of Schools Gary Aytes said.

    If the frigid temperatures do return, the school system has eight more inclement weather days to use this school year.

    “Those should get us through,” Aytes said.

  • State brags on Roane County audit


    Roane County government’s annual audit turned up a perfect score of zero. That is, the state Comptroller’s auditors found no examples of problems with the county’s management or bookkeeping practices for the fiscal year that ended last June 30.

    Auditors found no problems with the county’s financial statements.

  • Civil War talk set at Kingston library


    Author and Civil War historian Gerald L. Augustus will speak at Kingston Public Library on Thursday, Jan. 23, from 6-8 p.m.

    The topic will be “The Civil War in Tennessee,” concentrating on events in East Tennessee.

    Augustus is a retired teacher and principal from Lenoir City Schoools.

    Originally from Kentucky, he received his master’s degree from the University of Tennessee. He is an avid collector of all things Civil War.

  • TVA ASH SPILL: Cleanup workers: Protection requests rejected

    Knoxville attorney James K. Scott has asked a federal judge to deny a motion to dismiss filed by Jacobs Engineering Group Inc.

    Scott filed a lawsuit against Jacobs in federal court last year claiming the contractor lied to TVA ash spill cleanup workers about the safety of fly ash and rejected requests to wear masks and respirators.

    The lawsuit listed 49 plaintiffs. Jacobs has asked for a dismissal, contending its entitled to discretionary function immunity.
    Scott disagrees.

  • Rockwood fire affects Long family

    Rockwood Fire Department put out a fire around 7 a.m. Tuesday at an outbuilding belonging to Councilwoman Jane Long and her husband, former councilmember Glen Long.

    “It appears to be accidental,” said Matt Crabtree, assistant fire chief.
    Rockwood Police Department’s Bill Stinnett was driving to work on Lakemont Heights, where the Long’s live when he saw the flames and called it in.

  • False alarm rules to be revived by Rockwood City Council

    An ordinance that would require a permit for alarm systems and fine repeated security false alarm offenders may have been tabled by

    Rockwood City Council, but officials are keen to see it back on the agenda in the future.

    Having an alarm go off and not knowing who to contact when they arrive is one reason Rockwood Police Chief Danny Wright gave for having permits.

    “Sometimes we have alarms where we don’t have anyone listed as a responsible person to call,” Wright said.

    “That is the whole point, to make sure we have the documentation and the contacts for people to help us.”

  • Rockwood to send out texts in emergencies

    Want to help the police when they are looking for a suspect, a missing child or want to know when other emergencies are happening in the community?

    Rockwood Police Department is encouraging people to sign up for the wireless alert system to keep up with emergencies in the city. The system will send out text messages to alert residents of emergency information.

    “We want to make sure it is only used for emergencies, so when it does go off you see it and you do know it is an issue,” said Police Chief Danny Wright.