Local News

  • Rockwood new fire truck coming

    Rockwood will be getting its new fire truck this Friday.
    It’s expected to arrive around noon.
    The Sutphen brand pumper truck will cost the city about $410,000.
    “We’ll make yearly payments for 10 years of about $43,000 a year. It is close to that,” said city recorder Becky Ruppe.
    Rockwood Fire Department pleaded for the truck earlier this year.
    It will replace another vehicle in their aging fleet.
    Rockwood City Council voted on the winning bid for the truck during the budget process.

  • Rolled over by spooky holiday pranksters

    Houses around Roane County adorn ghostly decorations this time of year as Halloween quickly approaches but that wasn’t the case for one Kingston home. The house and yard at the corner of Smalley Lane and Decatur Highway South of the River was left vandalized by an old time prank of toilet papering. The Roane County Sheriff’s Office is telling locals to stay aware as more teenage antics could become more prevalent as Halloween gets closer.

  • Jacket sophomore Seth Haynes recovering after neck injury

    Athletic trainers and EMT personnel that work area sporting events know that when a player suffers any kind of neck injury that the best thing to do is keep the neck immobilized before doing anything else.

  • Walmart shopper busted for meth materials

    Rockwood police arrested a man on Oct. 13 after he allegedly purchased meth-making supplies at Walmart.
    Ryan Matthew Cox is charged with initiation of the methamphetamine manufacture process.
    According to the warrant, Rockwood Police Officer Charles Haubrich was dispatched to Walmart at 2:22 a.m. to investigate a report of someone buying meth-making supplies.  
    The warrant said Cox was leaving the store with bags of merchandise in each hand when he was confronted by Haubrich.

  • Smoot lawyer: Investigation shoddy

    Shawn Smoot’s state-paid defense will include the services of a private investigator. His attorney, Bob Vogel, got a court order in August authorizing the hiring of one.

    “He’s been declared indigent and any of those kind of things the state pays for,” said Vogel, a private attorney who was appointed to represent Smoot this year after the public defender’s office stepped aside because of a conflict.

  • McCarroll can carry a firearm?

    The Tennessee Attorney General’s Office doesn’t concede that convicted sex offender Richard Keith McCarroll has the right to carry a gun, even though he has a court order stating he has the right to do so.
    “Just because he put it in an order that was signed by a judge doesn’t mean his rights under state and federal law to possess a firearm have been restored,” Assistant Attorney General Ben Whitehouse said.

  • Raising new church is community effort

    A new building for Emory Heights Missionary Baptist Church is taking shape, thanks mostly to volunteers in the community.

    Walls are going up where Emory Heights Elementary School once stood.
    “We want to grow. It is going to be big,” said Johnny Devine, a deacon at the church. “We are out of parking. If we have anything special, we don’t have enough room.”
    Devine said on many Sundays the church has to put out extra chairs.
    “We need to reach more people,” he said.

  • Girl Scouts need help

    A shortage of adult volunteers has prompted the Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians to  invite adult volunteers to apply for a role within Roane County’s network of active troops.
    The council said girls who want to become part of a troop within Roane County are on waiting lists because of a lack of volunteers.
    Volunteers don’t have to be mothers of scouts.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Right-wing Republicans have their cruz to bear

    Here’s how we began last week’s column:
    Gentle reader, as we write this the world is agog with anticipation as to how long the federal government will be partially shut down, and even more importantly whether the limitation of federal debt that may be incurred is increased and, if so, how much and under what conditions.
    We hope that by the time this writing is published both these conundra will have been successfully, and, more importantly, wisely resolved, but as far as we can see, this is unlikely.

  • Accident closes traffic on I-40


    Interstate 40 westbound was closed at mile marker 343 Thursday afternoon due to a one-vehicle accident.