Local News

  • Rockwood mayor seeks Ruppe promotion

    Rockwood City Council defeated an effort to name Ruppe municipal administrator in addition to her role as city recorder.

    Mayor James Watts said he will be bringing it up again for passage.

    “She’s very deserving of the position,” Watts said. “My whole purpose is trying to get everything done before I get out of office in November and have everything ready for the next administration when they come in.”

  • Slow permit results in gas station fine

    The Food City Gas N’ Go in Harriman was fined $250 by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.

    The gas station was constructed in 2011. A construction permit application for the gas station wasn’t submitted to TDEC until Sept. 5, 2013.

    “On Oct. 11, 2013, the division issued a notice of violation to the respondent for constructing an air contaminant source without first obtaining a valid permit,” the TDEC order said.

  • Looseleaf Laureate: It’s almost time for winter to release us

    I’m going to confess the obvious — I’ve been one poor correspondent this winter. Forgive me. We’ve all had to drag ourselves through this unusual spell of bleakness. It’s been hard for me to talk about it.

    Now we’re on that wild East Tennessee-weather roller coaster ride to spring again.

  • Lane of I-40 to be closed Saturday

    Motorists should be alert on March 1 for a right lane closure on Interstate 40 East approaching the bridge across Hwy. 27 at mile-marker 347.

    The closure will be between the hours of 10 p.m. March 1 and 8 a.m. March 2 as crews perform milling and paving operations.

    All vehicles traveling I-40 East in excess of 12 feet in width will not be allowed through this area due to the restricted lane width across the bridge at mile-marker 347.

  • Kingston expanding solar presence

    The city of Kingston and Energy Source Partners LLC signed a contract this week which begins the process for the second phase of solar energy production in Kingston.

    In this agreement Energy Source Partners agrees to lease city property located on James Ferry Road in Kingston on property formerly used by the Kingston Water Department.

    They plan to design, build, finance, operate and maintain an electricity grid-connected photovoltaic solar power system with a generating capacity rated at approximately 200 kWdc.

  • Rockwood sets sights on enclosing community pool

    Rockwood’s plans to use TVA funds to enclose the city’s community pool isn’t a forgotten goal — even though the funds have been reallocated to other projects.

    Mayor James Watts said Rockwood officials, as well as swim team leader Cassandra Dothard, have been working with others, including Roane State officials, to seek out grants and other funds for the project.

    Barbara Smith had her own demographic in mind when she spoke up in support.

  • Upgrades planned for Gertrude Porter Park

    Kingston’s newest city park is an old one.

    But it will be as good as new, once planned renovations are finished.

    Roane County officials moved to deed Gertrude Porter Park to the city of Kingston at a February meeting.

    The park, off Hwy. 58 near the confluence of the Tennessee and Clinch rivers, currently has a number of athletic and related amenities, including a baseball field and playground.

    But it could use some work.

  • Motorcyclist killed in Hwy. 70 wreck first 2014 fatality

    A Knox County man was killed in a Feb. 21 wreck in Roane County.

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol said Rick W. Berry was riding a Honda VF1 motorcycle on Hwy. 70 near Gallaher Road around 4:40 p.m. when he ran off the right side of the roadway and struck a culvert.

    Berry, 62, was wearing a helmet.

    No other vehicles were involved in the wreck.

    Emergency records painted a desperate scene.

    The E-911 report said Berry was found unconscious with blood coming out of his mouth.

  • Rockwood event draws plenty of seniors




    “I used to be 26,” someone shouts, as laughter follows.

    “O -75….”

    “That’s how old I am now,” is retorted from the other side of the room.

    Rockwood Community Center has started a Senior Lunch and Bingo once a month, and it has exploded.

    In partnership with Mid-East Community Action Agency, they have turned a low-key get-together into a sizeable gathering.

  • Kingston hopes to help fix homes

    Kingston city officials have received U.S. Housing and Urban Development home grants in the past, but this year’s application will require some careful navigation.

    “It’s a little bit tricky this time,” said City Manager David Bolling, who laid out plans to apply to the program this year at February city council sessions. “The parameters have changed. And that’s going to make for more hoops to jump through. In my opinion, it’s also going to limit our ability to help the people who most need help.”