Local News

  • Roane Rock finder shares story

    It was finders-keepers last Tuesday afternoon for Alesia Gallagher.
    The Rockwood woman successfully retrieved the Roane Rock, which was hidden along Hwy. 58 near Riley’s Creek Campground, in the culmination of a new contest sponsored by the Roane County News.
    She was awarded a pair of $50 gift cards as well as a six-month subscription to the newspaper.
    “When I found it, I just stood there in disbelief,” Gallagher said.
    She had faithfully followed 11 clues in the newspaper since the contest began in late July.

  • The search for RSCC president


    It’s what the three Roane State Community College presidential hopefuls have in common in their present roles as college administrators, and it’s what they plan to bring with them to help Roane State on his path to success.

    The three candidates —  Chris Whaley, W. Michael Stoy and Elizabeth Lewis — were quizzed in last week’s interviews about everything from raising graduation rates to community partnerships, such as those with industries and the K-12 school system.

  • 'I do solemnly swear ...' New leaders take oath of office

    Six people who were victorious in their bids for election last month participated in a swearing-in ceremony at the Roane County Courthouse on Friday.

    “It was a nice ceremony for our newly elected and re-elected officials,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

    “I was pleased with it.”

    The group included Property Assessor David Morgan and Board of Education members Danny Wright, Marjorie Earick, Rob Jago and Hugh Johnson.

  • Two hurt in boat explosion

    Tragedy marked the beginning of the Labor Day boating weekend on Watts Bar Lake in Roane County.

    Emergency personnel from several agencies were called to the scene of a boat explosion early Friday afternoon at the Caney Creek public boat launch area.

    Upon arrival, first responders found a pleasure craft boat adrift and fully engulfed in flames. Two male occupants of the boat were taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center after being burned during the explosion and fire. Their names were unavailable at presstime.

  • Fireman’s charges dropped

    The District Attorney General’s Office does not plan to prosecute Rockwood Fire Department Capt. David Mitchell.

    The arresting officer in the case, Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Derek Kennedy, abruptly resigned last week, according to Sheriff Jack Stockton.  

    “In light of this development, we will not be proceeding with a prosecution of Mr. Mitchell,” Johnson wrote in a letter to Circuit Court Clerk Kim Nelson.

  • Work searches required for unemployment

    Beginning Sept. 1, the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development will implement the Unemployment Insurance Accountability Act of 2012.

    The act requires all unemployment claimants in Tennessee to demonstrate valid work search activity and maintain a work search log.

    Failure to comply with the new law will result in a loss of benefits.

    Notices are being mailed to all claimants receiving Tennessee Unemployment Compensation informing them of the new requirements to continue receiving benefits.

  • Reward offered in shooting death in East Roane County

    The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is asking for the public’s help to solve a Roane County homicide case.
    Family members discovered Russel C. Blevins shot to death in his home on Hart Orchard Road on Aug. 12.
    He was a World War II veteran.
    Blevins, 85, was shot multiple times, according to the TBI.
    His family is offering a $3,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for the murder.

  • Looseleaf Laureate: The same air that hammers can also stroke

    Late August hangs heavy.
    It can burden us with some of the hottest, most humid days of summer, then throw us a clear, cool spell to remind us relief is ahead.
    I was thinking these thoughts as I walked my dogs on the ridgetop as night set about tucking itself in.
    The honeysuckle-scented air was all the sweeter because I knew it would not be around much longer.

  • Death photos posted online

    Crime scene death photos of Sheriff’s Deputy Bill Jones and Mike Brown have reportedly been posted on Facebook.
    District Attorney General Russell Johnson and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is looking into the matter.
    Jones and Brown were killed in a shootout with brothers Rocky and Leon Houston on May 11, 2006.
    “Evidently the photos are also posted on a sign located on the Houston property in Roane County,” Johnson’s office said in a news release.

  • Miracle man seeks missing dog

    Donny Andrews witnessed his first miracle nine years ago when he was spared from death after contracting an often-fatal form of hepatitis.
    Now he and his wife, Sharon, are looking for another miracle as they search for their beloved black-and-white Chihuahua, Toby, that helped get Donny overcome his grave illness.
    Toby went missing early Monday after Donny let him out of their house in the Swan Pond community for his morning break.
    Sharon wanted him to walk Toby on a leash, but Donny decided to give him some space.