Today's News

  • Rockwood man charged in bank robbery

    A suspect in the April 25 US Bank robbery was taken into custody Tuesday.
    Justin C. Solock, 24, Rockwood, is facing a federal charge for bank robbery.
    “He was originally arrested on some outstanding warrants; then during the ongoing investigation he became a suspect (and was) later charged with robbery of US Bank,” said Rockwood Police Chief Bill Stinnett.
    Stinnett said Solock had already been taken into custody last week on outstanding warrants and was later arrested for the robbery.
    Stinnett was pleased an arrest was made quickly.

  • Looseleaf Laureate by Terri Likens: Here’s proof that we really walk the talk

    I regularly talk to people who have ended up on the wrong side of the law and want to keep the incident out of the newspaper.
    My answer is invariably a polite no-can-do. If the situation is a matter of our usual public record, it all goes in the paper.
    We make no exceptions.
    Employees of this newspaper are held to the same standard  — including me.
    Which brings me to the point of this column. On Saturday night, in a neighboring county, I was charged with DUI.
    I wanted you to hear it from me first.

  • Legal bills footed for Rockwood official

    Rockwood has approved paying the legal fees Vice Mayor Peggy Evans incurred when she retained an attorney to deal with ethics violations lodged against her by building inspector Jim Hines.
    City officials said a check totaling $1,960 was written to Evans on March 26.
    At the April 23 Rockwood City Council meeting, former Rockwood City Councilman Harold Ishman took issue with the payment of the fee — including that Evans voted to pay it to herself.
    He felt it was ethically inappropriate for Evans to vote on something that benefited her.

  • Hurley’s welfare drug-test bill gets legislative approval

    State Rep. Julia Hurley’s drug testing for welfare recipients bill passed the House on Tuesday by a 73-17 vote.
    The bill passed the Senate last month and will now head to the governor.
    The bill was controversial and sparked some heated debate on the House floor Tuesday.
    “Thanks for bringing this bill,” said state Rep. David Alexander, R-Winchester.
    “I applaud what you’re doing,” said state Rep. Rick Womick, R-Rockvale. “As an airline pilot, I get drug tested every time we turn around.”

  • Harvey-Woody

    Mr. and Mrs. Sam Harvey announce the forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Sandra Gail Harvey, to Brad Edward Woody.

    The ceremony will be at 2 p.m. May 19 in Calvary Baptist Church, Wartburg.

    All relatives and friends of the couple are invited to attend.

  • Shaw-Lowery

    Brenda H. Shaw and John W. Shaw Jr. of Rockwood announce the forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Aleia Shaw to James Lowery.

    He is the son of Kathy and James L. Lowery of Harriman.

    The ceremony will be at 2 p.m. May 12 in Eureka Baptist Church, Rockwood.

    A reception will follow in the Fellowship Hall at Eureka Baptist Church.

    The bride-elect is a graduate of Rockwood High School. She is a certified nurse assistant for The Bridge at Rockwood.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of May 2

    25 Years Ago
    Tennessee’s safety belt law celebrated its one-year anniversary. Fatality figures for the year recorded a 40-percent drop which officials attributed to increased safety belt use.

    10 Years Ago

  • Poster contest to boost elder abuse awareness

    Roane County ElderWatch is observing World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15 by educating the public to the problem through a children’s poster contest for ages 6-12.

    There are two contest themes: “Are Grandma and Grandpa OK: What Does Elder Abuse Look Like to You?” and “What Would the World Look Like Free of Elder Abuse?”

    Children will compete in age categories of 6-8 and 9-12.

    Prizes will be awarded in each age category.

  • THP to conduct license checks in Roane Co.

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol will be conducting driver license roadside safety checkpoints this month in Roane County.

    The first checkpoint will be from 10 to 11 p.m. May 4 on Hwy. 70 at Poland Hollow Road, Midtown.

    Another checkpoint is planned from 9 to 10 a.m. May 11 on Pansy Hill Road near Swan Pond Road, Harriman.

    Recognizing the danger presented to the public by unqualified drivers, troopers will concentrate their efforts on vehicles being operated by drivers who would violate the driver license laws of `Tennessee.

  • OUR OPINION: Tenn. school handles Jesus costume well

    First Amendment Center
    A couple of unexpected things happened at Summit High School in Spring Hill, earlier this year.

    The first was that sophomore Jeff Shott showed up at the public high school to participate in “fictional character day” dressed as Jesus.

    The second was that he was not expelled.