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  • Acting boot camp offered

    Obstacle courses may not be part of it, but an entertainment veteran plans on running students through their paces in a one-day drama boot camp.
    The boot camp, which will be at the Rockwood Event Center (the REC), is for serious, career-minded actors and is Saturday.
    The focus is on giving students the right tools to present themselves and promote themselves.
    Those include stage presence, developing style, picking songs for vocal ability and microphone techniques.

  • State parks celebrate Trails Day on June 1

    In conjunction with National Trails Day, Tennessee State Parks will host free, guided hikes on Saturday, June 1, encouraging outdoor enthusiasts to participate in several planned activities across the state. 
    Each state park will host its own special hike, offering a variety of family-friendly activities including historical hikes, educational programming, re-enactments and wildlife watching.
    From Fort Pillow to Standing Stone to Warriors’ Path and every state park in between, the National Trails Day hikes are designed for all ages and abilities.

  • ‘Nasty’ meth lab discovered

    One of the worst meth labs one law officer said he’s ever seen was discovered last week.
    William Drennan, a 48-year-old Oliver Springs man, was arrested last week for failing to appear in court.
    The Roane County Sheriff’s Office said additional charges were pending against him because of a search warrant executed at his 116 Wheeler Lane residence. The home is in Hartland Estates subdivision.  


    Family, friends and Rockwood Middle School students helped keep the memory of Morgan Peters alive with a butterfly garden and bench dedication this month.
    In 2012, Morgan was a sixth-grader at Rockwood Middle when she contracted meningitis and died last May 6.
    “She was such a special young lady that we wanted to do something just as special,” said Maranda Summers, Rockwood Middle librarian.
    Morgan’s family members said they are appreciative of the public support and caring.

  • Man classified as violent sex offender released on bond

    Charles Daniel Mullins, who is accused of rape and assaulting a fellow inmate in jail last year, was released from jail after making bond last Thursday.
    Mullins, 32, was on the Tennessee Sex Offender Registry from a 2005 conviction of criminal attempt to commit rape in Cumberland County when he was indicted for rape last October.
    On the Cumberland County charge, he was sentenced to community supervision for life and ordered to wear a GPS tracking unit.

  • Burglars strike Ridge View Elementary

    School and law-enforcement officials were still assessing damages Friday following an early-morning burglary at Ridge View Elementary School in Rockwood.
    “About 1 o’clock this morning, somewhere in there, we had a break-in,” Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes confirmed Friday.
    “There was a lot of trashing of the school, throwing papers around,” he added. “They got into some paint and threw it around.”
    Rockwood police were preparing to file charges Friday afternoon.


    Rocky Houston’s sister, Lisa Burris, was one of his chief defenders when he faced murder charges in Roane County.
    Houston now faces federal firearms charges and, according to court records, Burris has been one of his primary accusers.

  • No single-wide, no sale for city property owner

    A Rockwood property owner hit a wall last week in her plans sell to a family who wants to put a single-wide mobile home on the lot.
    April Shepard made a strong case for her particular property, an old lot that is now nonconforming at 50 by 190 feet.
    It would be difficult to fit anything bigger on the lot, she said, and that makes it difficult to sell.
    “I’m stuck with this piece of property in the city I don’t even want if nobody can put a trailer,” said Shepard.

  • Never too young to garden

    Children’s librarian Tammie Edwards said the flower bed was the idea of Harriman Garden Club, who wanted to help enhance the library’s grounds and incorporate the children in the process. “Gives us a chance to teach the children about gardening and working in the community,” Edwards said.


    Members of Rockwood High School’s class of 2013 follow long-held tradition by tossing their mortarboards into the air immediately after becoming the school’s newest alumni. New high school graduates were celebrated all over Roane County this month with ceremonies at Harriman, Midway, Oliver Springs, Roane County and Rockwood high schools.