Local News

  • Students get A’s in giving back

    Kids today.
    Often that pronouncement is made in a negative sense, but many Roane County school students are proving that young people can substantially contribute to their community.
    From collecting wrapping paper for Operation REACH, the charity that helps needy Roane County families buy Christmas gifts, to collecting food and other items for the Roane County Animal Shelter, Roane County young folks have shown they have big hearts.
    Rockwood High School isn’t just where Operation REACH volunteers wrap the presents needy children bought their families.

  • Fleischmann lands spot on important House committee

    Third District Congressman Chuck Fleischmann has been appointed to the House Appropriations Committee for the 113th Congress.
    The appointment means the 3rd District, which includes Roane County, will have some clout on one of the most powerful committees in the House.

  • Teens learn free speech not free of consequences

    First Amendment Center
    “This is going on your permanent record” may be the most time-honored threat to wayward students, but in a digital age, it’s actually true.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: It’s time to revisit Dr. Rywell’s apple stack cake

    Gentle reader, there comes a time when repeating oneself is no longer repetition but instead tradition.
    Thus it is with our annual holiday column about our beloved Tennessee Apple Stack Cake, also known in this area as “Fruit Cake.”
    As we have said many times before, what is being offered in some grocery stores as apple stack cake is not our Tennessee Apple Stack Cake.

  • Police make arrest in Kingston mugging

    Benjamin Clark, a 23-year-old Kingston man, has been arrested for an alleged mugging that occurred Monday outside Angel Nails on North Kentucky Street.
    “He is being booked in right now for aggravated robbery,” Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam said.
    Washam said Clark lived in an apartment building behind the Roane County Jail, so he didn’t have to travel far to get booked. 
    The victim in Monday’s mugging was an 84-year-old woman. Washam said she suffered a concussion and broken elbow.

  • Relief may come to rutted road

    One woman’s persistence over a road problem might pay off.
    Sharon Brown lives in Pioneer Village subdivision south of Rockwood. Month after month, she’s spoken at Roane County Commission meetings about the desperate state of her road.
    The ride is so rough, she said, delivery trucks have quit coming.
    “I don’t want to make nobody mad over there, but also I want something done,” she said. 
    Brown lives on Bournemouth Drive. Deep ruts make traveling the dirt-and-gravel road tricky. 

  • Woman injured in Kingston by fugitive mugger

    The manager of the Little Caesars Pizza in Kingston chased after a mugger Monday afternoon.
    Travis Murray told police he was outside taking a smoke break when a white male ran by him carrying a purse.
    The man allegedly had just mugged a woman at Angel Nails on North Kentucky Street.
    Murray took off after the suspect, but couldn’t catch him.
    Police Chief Jim Washam said the manager lost the suspect around US Bank.

  • Knife assault reported in store parking lot

    A Rockwood man was charged with aggravated assault Friday night for allegedly pulling a knife on a customer in the Walmart parking lot.
    Charles Robert Coffer, 72 Edington Lane, Rockwood, was also charged with theft. 
    According to the police report, Coffer allegedly stole a DVD player out of a man’s buggy after the man paid for it.
    The man told police he confronted Coffer in the parking lot and got his item back. 

  • Oliver Springs celebrates

    The town of Oliver Springs is hosting its Christmas in the City festivities on Saturday, Dec. 15.
    Opening ceremonies will be at 3:30 p.m. at Court of Flags.
    Parade line up is at 4:45 p.m. at Arrowhead Park. The parade starts at 5:30. Afterward, there will be pictures with Santa at City Hall upon his arrival. Hot chocolate will be served.
    Church services will be held at 7 p.m. at Historical Cumberland Presbyterian Church at the corner of Winter Gap and West Spring Street.
    For more information, contact contact City Hall at 435-7722.

  • Sugarplums and chiffon