Local News

  • Cofer retires from Rockwood utilities

    One of Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas’ most loyal employees is saying goodbye.

    Billing supervisor Fonna Cofer has retired after 21 years.

    “I don’t want to leave, but I had a stroke in September,” said Cofer.

    “I’ve enjoyed working for the water and gas. They are a great company,” she added.

    Cofer started as a cashier and work order clerk and then went into billing and became the billing supervisor.

  • Mom leaves baby home alone to go out for beer

    A Kingston woman was arrested last month after she allegedly left her infant child home alone to go on a beer run.

    According to the warrant, Kingston Police Department Sgt. Jerry Singleton was investigating a report of a possible drunk person on April 16 when he spoke with Vernon Altazan at Kingston Four Apartments.

    “He stated that he had called 911 because he felt the lady, Ms. Cassie Oglesby, had been drinking and bought a alcoholic beverage at the Rocky Top while he was there,” the warrant said.

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  • Dollar General building price tag too high?

    The $850,000 asking price for the building that houses the Dollar General Store in Kingston could be too high for some members of the Roane County Commission.

    “The Budget Committee recommended it with reservations, and that reservation was they felt $850,000 was too much for it,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

    “I tend to agree with them. I think that’s too much for the building.”

    The building is at 218 N. Third St., Kingston.

  • Harriman Gardens sprucing up

    Harriman Gardens resident Barbara Bradshaw has taken her beautifully renovated one-bedroom apartment and made it her own.

    The cheerful building monitor loves red, and her couch, bed and décor match her vibrant personality.

    “It just seems cozy,” Bradshaw said of her new digs.

  • OS students explore the world of virtual reality

    Oliver Springs High School students and area business owners last week were lucky enough to get the opportunity to experience state of the art educational technology based on virtual reality and three dimensional computing.

    ZSpace is a personal computer-based mixed reality learning platform for the K-12 curriculum that allows students to observe and interact with three-dimensional models of machines and biological organisms including the human body.


    Harriman High School, Roane County High School and Rockwood High School would close under a scenario approved by the Roane County Board of Education on Wednesday.

    By an 8-1 vote, the board approved a plan to build a new consolidated high school for those students. Midway High School and Oliver Springs High School will remain open under the plan.


    A trio of Roane County veterans will be laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on Saturday.

    “Saturday evening me and Sgt. Gary Woolf will be laying a wreath at the Unknown Soldier’s tomb at Arlington Cemetery,” said Bob LeTellier.

    LeTellier is a retired Army sergeant major. Woolf is a retired chief master sergeant in the Air Force.

    They’ll also be recognizing those who lost their lives in the Vietnam War by placing wreaths bearing their names at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

  • Rockwood official, DA named in federal suit

    One of the people convicted in the Northington Energy LLC scam has filed a federal lawsuit against former Morgan County Executive Becky Ruppe, 9th Judicial District Attorney General Russell Johnson and former 9th Judicial District Assistant District Attorney General Tiffany Smith.

    Lisa Horn-Brichetto accuses Johnson, Smith and Ruppe — the latter of whom is now Rockwood city administrator — of violating her First and Eighth Amendment Rights under the Constitution.