Local News

  • Park View annexation off table for now

    Park View community residents who rebuked Rockwood’s annexation efforts can celebrate.

    This week, Rockwood City Council unanimously approved a first reading of an ordinance to withdraw its pending annexation.

    At Monday’s meeting, Mayor James Watts referred questions as to what brought this change of events to city attorney Elmer Rich.

    The Rockwood City Council had met in executive session with Rich prior to the meeting. Now the issue is on a special-called meeting agenda on Monday, Oct. 10, at 6:30 p.m.

  • Greif recognizes holy days

    Maurice Greif celebrated Rosh Hashana at sundown Wednesday.

    Rosh Hashana represents the Day of Creation, the Rockwood resident explained.

    “It’s a happier occasion,” Greif said. According to the Jewish faith, it’s the day God passes judgment on everyone’s past behaviors in the Book of Life.

    “To honor it, the shofar is blown, a trumpet of a ram’s horn, which will blow on judgment day,” he said.

    Greif, 87, quietly celebrated the 5,772nd Jewish New Year by reading his prayer book at sundown.

  • United Way campaign kicks off
  • At dawn's early light

    Often it is said that the early bird catches the worm. Whether it be walking at the fog-engulfed lake or enjoying a warm cup of coffee, there’s much to see and do in the early morning hours.

  • Lively lineup for Rockwood fall fest

    One of East Tennessee’s most popular festivals returns Oct. 1 with an all-star line-up of activities.

    Originally started in 1949 by the Rockwood Business Club (now Rockwood Merchants Association) as the Trade Days Festival,  the annual Rockwood Fall Festival now boasts an array of activities, pageants, entertainment, craft vendors and something to satisfy everyone’s taste.

    Special music artists will be onstage at Homecoming Park throughout the day.

  • Delivery man dies while unloading supplies

    A man delivering supplies to the newly opened Little Caesars restaurant in Kingston died from an apparent heart attack Monday morning.

    A Kingston Police report said Andreco Olando Kight of Georgia was pronounced dead at Roane Medical Center.

    The report said the medical examiner found he had a heart attack which caused him to fall face down from the tractor-trailer he had driven up to the loading ramp, causing injury to his face.

  • No cookie, canned-good competition at Kingston fair


    Colorful jars of canned goods and tasty baked cakes and cookies have been a staple at Kingston’s annual Country Fair.

    Not this year.

    FCE, the home economics club that handles the judging for the event, has withdrawn from the competition for the fair that will be at Southwest Point this Saturday.

    Rick Ross, the director of Kingston parks and recreation department, said Tuesday that it was a matter of money.

  • Woman killed when car overturns


  • ‘You are destroying this town’

    Monday was Rockwood City Recorder Jim Hines’ last council meeting with him serving in that position.

    He made the most of it, letting everyone know what he thought of Vice Mayor Peggy Evans.

    Hines took Evans to task for talking about the draft audit findings before a final copy was completed — and for what he felt was an attack on his office.

    “It seems your measure of our competence is whether we cozy up to you,” Hines said.

  • Nitty-gritty binds club together

    The roar of engines, mud, boulders and grit — these are the ingredients for lasting bonds, members of the Windrock ATV Club say.

    The club, chartered in 1994, has around 150 members throughout the Southeast and is one of the largest ATV groups in the state.