Local News

  • Christina Lynn Copes and Nick Lee Pound Jr. wedding

    Christina Lynn Copes and Nick Lee Pound Jr. were married on Oct. 7, 2010, at 5 p.m. at the gazebo across from the Roane County Courthouse.
    Una Coffman officiated during the evening ceremony.
    The bride is the daughter of Rosemary Jennings of Maryville and Bill Copes Jr. of Philadelphia, Pa.
    Her grandparents are Mary Eidson of Maryville and Tom Zerambo of Philadelphia, Pa.
    The groom is the son of Judy Roberts of Spring City and Nickey Lee Pound Sr. of Dayton, Ohio.
    His grandfather is the late Don Whitaker. The couple is at home in Spring City.

  • Coffee beans, brake fluid a recipe for Friday traffic snarls

    By Katie Hogin and Terri Likens, Roane Newspapers
    A Friday morning truck accident on Interstate 40 led to headaches for motorists all day and into the night.

    A collision involving a parked tractor trailer rig and one that was moving happened around 8 a.m. on the eastbound lane just east of Gallaher Road.

    The collision resulted in a spill of coffee beans and slippery brake fluid.

  • Rockwood council, water board meeting on new days

    Those with an issue to take before Rockwood City Council or the Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas Board during this month’s meeting will need to wait a little longer.

    The meeting dates and times have been shuffled around for both governmental bodies, with the permanent changes approved by ordinance in September and becoming effective in October.

  • Keeper sustains tiger scratch

    A keeper at Tiger Haven was injured by one of the big cats on Friday.

    Roane County E-911 received a call at 10:21 a.m. about a tiger biting a woman on the leg.

    The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency concluded it was a scratch, not a bite.

    Agency spokesman Don King said he was briefed on the incident by TWRA captive wildlife coordinator Walter Cook.

    According to King, the keeper was feeding the tiger. She turned around, and the big cat swiped her on the back of the leg, King said.

  • Rockwood getting creative with Halloween celebration

    Ghosts, goblins, princesses and pirates are taking over Rockwood once again for the annual Halloween street party.

    The downtown will be eerily spooky come Oct. 30.

    “We going to have some entertaining decorations,” promised coordinator Susanne Fischer. “We’re going to try to create some ambience.”

  • Cities' tax rates told

    The Roane County Commission adopted a certified tax rate last week.

    Now, it’s the cities’ turn.

    The state has calculated certified tax rates for Harriman, Kingston and Rockwood in the wrap-up of a countywide property reappraisal year fraught with opposition and appeals in light of what many landowners believe are overinflated numbers.

    Harriman’s certified tax rate is $1.19, and Kingston’s is $1.08.

    The certified tax rate for Rockwood is 75 cents.

  • Kingston parks get boost from grant

    The fun factor is about to shoot up in Kingston.
    Thanks to the efforts of the city’s parks and recreation department, the city got a grant to install brand-new playground equipment at Southwest Point near the track and soccer field, and upgrade equipment around the lake at City Park.
    Rick Ross, the city’s parks and recreation director, jumped at a chance to apply for a state grant for the work, including revamping restrooms at the Southwest Point location.

  • Film fest’s aim to lift veil

    The cultures of places like Palestine and Iran is much more than the images that are so often in the media today.
    Hoping to dismiss many of the stereotypes out there is what inspired Roane State Community College biology teacher Saeed Rahmanian, formerly from Iran, to apply for an Access for Diversity grant through the Tennessee Board of Regents.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Neighbors help smooth the way

    Back before the weather finally backed down from the brow-mopping range, I popped in to visit one of my favorite couples in the neighborhood.
    June answered the door.  
    “Come on downstairs,” she said. “We’re in the basement.”
    I followed her appreciatively, knowing it would be cooler there.
    June and Marion Dinkins have a bright, cheery basement — the kind of place you might actually enjoy doing household chores.

  • Berry's request to revisit budget ignored

    Roane County Commissioner Ron Berry had three pages of questions about the county’s 2010-11 budget he wanted to get answers to Tuesday night.
    He never got a chance to ask them —  his motion to reconsider the budget failed 8-7.
    Afterward, the commission voted 13-2 to accept the certified tax rate of $2.19, adding the last element missing from the budget process.
    Commissioners Berry and Benny East voted no. 2010 was a reappraisal year for Roane County.