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Today's News

  • Drowing victim’s death confirmed

    From staff reports

    Officials confirmed last week that a Rockwood man who nearly drowned near Oakdale, did in fact die on Monday, June 26.

    Carl Douglas Ooten had been swimming with friends Sunday, June 25, when he disappeared below the water’s surface.

    Witnesses said it took about 10 minutes to locate Ooten underwater, and they began trying to revive him until the Morgan County EMS arrived on the scene.

  • Tennesseans who made ultimate sacrifice listed on replica wall

    The Tennessee Vietnam Memorial Wall visited Rockwood’s Wal-Mart over the weekend.

    The Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 203 out of Chattanooga brought the traveling wall to Rockwood.

    The wall is a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.

    It lists the names of 1,291 Tennesseans that died in the Vietnam War from 1961-73.

    “It’s made just like the one in Washington, D.C,” said Charlie Hobbs, Vietnam Veterans of America National Membership Chair.

  • Unemployment down for May

    Following the lowest state unemployment rate in nearly 20 years, Tennessee’s county unemployment rates for May 2017 have decreased in 94 counties and remained the same in 1, according to data released last month by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    Roane County’s unemployment rate is 3.4, down from 4.3 in April, with 22,030 of the 22,800 workforce employed.

    Davidson County has the state’s lowest major metropolitan rate at 2.1 percent, a decline from 2.7 percent during the prior month.

  • Harbor Freight now open in Rockwood
  • Kimble Chase changes name to DWK

    Kimble Chase Life Science and Research Products LLC of Rockwood has officially changed its name to DWK Life Sciences LLC.

    DWK stands for Duran, Wheaton and Kimble, which are among the strongest brands in the world’s laboratories for decades, the company said at a breakfast event held last week at Roane State Community College.

    The three brands have different regional strengths.

    While Duran is better known in Europe, Wheaton and Kimble are more famous in North America.

  • OUT to LUNCH: Seafood feasts and more a treat at Euchee Marina

    As I’ve mentioned in previous “Out To Lunch” articles, restaurant locations remain, only the names and owner’s change.

    Evidently at this time of the year I’m drawn to the many places to eat along Watts Bar Lake. This will be my fifth “Out To Lunch” adventure at the Euchee Marina. The first article was written in June of 2009. We enjoyed the food on all visits.

    My son Bryan wanted to celebrate Father’s Day this year with me at the Euchee Grille & Brewhouse off River Road at 200 Euchee Lane, Ten Mile.

  • TWRA warn paddlers to practice safety on the water

    TWRA boating officers Dustin Buttram and Barry Baird have seen an increase in paddle sports on the Tennessee waterways they patrol.

    Paddle crafts are for rent at many reservoirs and public areas and it’s a fun way to enjoy the outdoors. However many paddling for the first time go out unprepared. With four paddle craft fatalities in 2016, officers hope to reduce this in 2017.

    Infrequent or new paddle craft users typically do not see themselves as a vessel that needs an understanding of boating safety and state laws.

  • Offense launches Devils into championship game

    The Harriman A All Stars have had a great post season thus far, but the only blemish on their Dixie Youth tournament record has been a loss to Greenback earlier in the District 8 tournament.

    The Cherokees were the home team on the evening and they were able to pick up 2 runs to bring the score, 2-0 going into the bottom of the first.

  • Despite cold bats, Harriman is state bound

    The Harriman A All-Stars bats went cold at the wrong time Wednesday. They lost 13-4 to Sweetwater in the Dixie Youth District 8 A Championship at Lakeshore Park in Knoxville.

    “We’ve got to continue doing what we do,” Harriman Coach Darren Payne said, “We’ll have to prepare for next week.

    “Tonight we didn’t come ready to play.”

    It didn’t take long for the junior Blue Devils to get things going.

  • Hydrilla found in Kingston waters

    One of the most troublesome invasive plant species has been spotted for the first time in Kingston, according to TVA.

    Hydrilla, an invasive weed known to be extremely difficult to control, has never before been discovered north of Thief Neck Island in Watts Bar Lake, according to Brett Hartis, director of TVA’s aquatic plant management.

    Hartis said he found a fragment of hydrilla under the Interstate 40 bridge in Kingston earlier this week while surveying the lake.

    Hydrilla can travel hundreds of miles attached to boats and trailers and survive.