Today's News

  • Smoother ride on some roads in Rockwood

    Drivers no longer have a bumpy ride traveling down Delozier Lane in Rockwood.

    The city of Rockwood paved its portion in late April. It’s just one of a small number of paving projects the city is doing with the $120,000 it budgeted this fiscal year for paving.

    “It is much nicer,” said Glenda Hill. “It was getting pretty rough. It is nice. It is really nice. They did a good job.”

    Hill has lived on Delozier Lane about 16 years, and it’s the first time she recalls any paving work on the road.

  • Aid sought for Brickyard Springs, center needs

    Rockwood City Council has applied for a $250,000 Local Parks and Recreation Fund grant to help with improvements at Rockwood Community Center’s basketball court, pool, and Brickyard Springs.

    If awarded, half of the money will be matched from the city’s general fund.

    The Council discussed the matter during a special-called meeting last month.

    The item that had the most discussion was the city’s pool at the community center.

    If the grant is awarded, Rockwood’s outdoor pool will become enclosed.

  • Kingston greenway work near finish

    Kingston’s greenway expansion is almost completed at Ladd Landing.

    City officials recently had a walk-through of the 3.5-mile extension, which begins at the Ladd Landing parking area and winds through the development.

    The extension has been going on for some time, thanks to a $4 million grant the city received in the ’90s, said Kingston City Manager David Bolling.

    The original grant was earmarked for a connection road between Hwy. 70 and Ladd Boulevard.

  • Murder-for-hire preliminary waived

    Murder-for-hire defendant Laura Ann Buckingham waived her preliminary hearing on Friday, and had her case bound over to the Roane County grand jury.

    In exchange, the District Attorney General’s Office turned over TBI and Roane County Sheriff’s Office reports along with audio and video files to her defense.

    Buckingham, 30, is charged with criminal attempt to commit first-degree murder.

    She is accused of trying to have Bradley Sutherland of Indiana killed. Sutherland is the father of her 3-year-old son.

  • Help for LILY


    It started with a backache last November.

    Lily Hyde, an active 8-year-old, had been playing basketball, and her back started to hurt.

  • Rockwood may be on trail for a Forest


    A group wants to develop the hillside in the back of Mike “Brillo” Miller Sports Complex into trails for bikes and walking.

    Miller said he hopes Rockwood City Council will be supportive of the idea, which will be fully presented at next month’s meeting. 

  • Smith challenges Fleischmann to debate


    Geoffery Smith, the U.S. Army veteran from Athens who is challenging incumbent U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann for the Republican nomination for the 3rd Congressional District seat in the Aug. 4 primary, is issuing another challenge.

  • State wants Smoot ‘bad acts’ considered


    Prosecutors want to introduce what they call prior bad acts of Shawn Smoot during his first-degree murder trial. 

    Smoot is accused of killing Brooke Nicole Morris in Roane County on Oct. 15, 2011. 

  • Van veers onto I-40 shoulder, smashes into TDOT vehicle

    A South Carolina man is facing charges after a Thursday morning accident on Interstate 40 that involved a Tennessee Department of Transportation warning truck. 

    It happened on the westbound side near the 353 mile marker.