Local News

  • Gold medalist urges kids to make a splash in waves of life

    Davis Tarwater lived out a dream when he won a gold medal in the 4x200 freestyle relay at the 2012 London Summer Olympics.

    Now the former Webb School of Knoxville star is encouraging children to do the same, and that’s just what he told the students at Midtown Elementary Friday morning.

    “I want them to understand that every day is a path to the gold,” he said.

  • Parks head hired

    Rockwood has a new parks and recreation director.

    Former Rockwood resident Jody Mioduski was recommended by a committee to the finance committee, who then approved and recommended it to the full council.

  • Decking the halls in Cornstalk Heights


    Some places don’t need a lot of lights and add-ons to look festive at Christmas. This house, Pat LaDue’s residence at 402 Morgan Ave. in Harriman’s Cornstalk Heights neighborhood, already comes with a tasteful red and green paint scheme.

  • Café kids ‘eat mor chikin’

    Chicken sandwiches were on the menu Dec. 18 at the Rockwood Housing Authority Kids Café.

    But not just any chicken sandwiches.

    Thanks to volunteer Rebecca Wiskerchen, these were Chick-fil-A chicken sandwiches.

    Last month Wiskerchen responded to a question on Chick-fil-A’s Facebook page that asked: “What would you do if you won 50 sandwiches?”

    “I replied back that I volunteer here at Kids Café and that if I won 50 sandwiches, I would bring them here for the kids to eat,” Wiskerchen said.

  • Area angels make sure abuse victims have happy holiday

    Children who have been the victims of sexual abuse are already dealing with a lot.

    Chris Evans-Longmire, executive director of the Kids First Child Advocacy Center in Loudon County, said the last thing they need to experience is the disappointment of waking up on Christmas morning with no presents.

    Thanks to a program offered at the center, some won't have to.

  • On fourth anniversary of ash spill, TVA cleanup end in sight

    Saturday will mark four years since a dike failure at TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant released more than 5 million cubic yards of fly ash into the environment.

    Officials in charge of cleaning up the mess, which the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regards as one of the worst environmental disasters of its kind in history, are optimistic about what lies ahead.

  • County gets grants; wants more

    Roane County has continued to rack up grants this year.

    “We worked hard to get them,” County Executive Ron Woody said. “Periodically, after you keep doing your due diligence, apply for them again and again and get the homework right, you’re successful.”

  • Large meth lab found near Rockwood

    Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Brandon Smith found a massive meth-lab in some woods near Rockwood.

    Initially, Smith found 250 pounds of anhydrous ammonia, a methamphetimine ingredient. According to a news release, Deputies Mark Steinmann and Mitch Grigsby and Roane County Emergency Management Agency personnel also responded.

    An anhydrous ammonia lab was found in a large tent, camouflaged with black plastic and brush.

  • Massacre jitters felt here, too

    School safety is at the forefront after a tragic school shooting in Connecticut last week took the lives of 20 children and six educators.
    This week Roane County Schools took steps to reassure families and children by coordinating with local law enforcement to have officers at every school when students walked through the doors Monday morning.
    Every community has a school resource officer shared between the high school, elementary and middle schools.
    However, for at least the remainder of this week, a greater police presence will be seen.