Local News

  • A toot of the flute for band festival


    Midway High School student Amanda Ooten performs the flute during the 10th annual Roane County Rotary Clubs Band Festival at Rockwood High School last week. The schools rotate hosting duties for the event, which the Rotary Clubs of Harriman, Kingston and Rockwood use as an opportunity to collect items for various food banks throughout the county and give the bands a chance to visit and watch each other’s shows in a noncompetitive atmosphere.

  • Robbery suspect muses: Why do police want me?

    Any confusion Tina Nicole Goldberg had on why officers were looking for her was cleared up on Oct. 10.

    According to a Rockwood Police Department arrest report, Goldberg flagged an officer down on North Gateway Avenue and asked him why the police wanted to talk to her.

    “I advised her she was being investigated as the suspect in a robbery of a business in Harriman,” the report said. “Dispatch did verify the warrant was in hand, and I arrested Tina Nicole Goldberg.”

  • Getting in a round of bingo at the picnic


    Jeremy Kirkland, Carl Wicks and Billy Fritts play a round of bingo during the recent annual Seniors’ Picnic at Roane County Park.

  • Annexation over for Park View

    Park View residents can now let out their pent-up breaths of excitement — at least those who were anxiously awaiting to celebrate Rockwood’s plans to step back from annexing the area.

    Last week, Rockwood City Council approved final reading of an ordinance to withdraw its annexation proceedings of the area.

    The council didn’t give any reason for the decision to not proceed with the annexation.

  • Sheriff's office investigating homicide

    The Roane County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a 23-year-old white female. Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said the body of Brooke Morris was found at Blair Road and Old Blair Road on Saturday around 8 p.m.

    “Somebody saw her laying next to the road and they called,” Phillips said. “First responders and law enforcement responded out there and found her.”

    Phillips said Morris, who had a Knoxville address, appeared to have suffered a gun shot wound.

  • Cain stumps through Roane

    Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain was greeted by a raucous crowd during a stop at Roane State Community College on Saturday.
    “Thank you for being here, because this is a collection of patriots, and patriots want to take back this nation,” said the candidate, who recently emerged as a leader among Republican hopefuls.
    His audience came from near and far.
    “I’m interested in what Herman Cain has to say,” said Roane County resident Ed Harper.
    That was also what brought Susan Clifton of Maryville to the event.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: I’m revving up my shiny, new ... um ... toy

    You should see my shiny, powerful new high-rpm toy. I have it parked in the basement — right next to the dryer.
    I know.
    Not too many people get excited over a new clothes washer, but this one is perfection. It’s an energy-saving high-efficiency, high-capacity top-loader with a gleaming stainless steel tub.

  • Bridge project alters route to Loudon County

    A pair of bridge replacement projects will temporarily close Hwy. 72, the South of the River roadway to Loudon County from Roane County.
    Tennessee Department of Transportation officials announced the roadway would be closed to traffic beginning Friday and should be reopened to traffic by Monday, Oct. 24, at 6 a.m.
    The bridges being repaired are over Paint Rock Creek and Stamp Creek.
    The Tennessee Department of Transportation put up signs along Kentucky Street near the Interstate 40 exchange this week announcing the roads closure.

  • Farmer, Ruppe apply for Rockwood position

    Two former county chiefs — Mike Farmer of Roane County and Becky Ruppe of Morgan County — have applied for the Rockwood city administrator position.
    Farmer served the term prior to current officeholder Ron Woody.
    Rockwood City Council will be interviewing them and Jack Miller, a former city manager in Crossville
    at a workshop Monday, Oct. 17, at 3:30 p.m.

  • Brakes applied on LOC dissolution

    The Oak Ridge City Council passed a resolution this week that directs its mayor — Tom Beehan — to not vote for the dissolution of the Oak Ridge Reservation Local Oversight Committee.
    The committee’s board of directors, on which Beehan serves, is scheduled to have a special meeting today (Friday) at The Roane Alliance Building in Kingston at 3 p.m.
    A resolution to dissolve the committee, a sort of watchdog on U.S. Department of Energy activities in and around Oak Ridge, is on the agenda.