Today's News

  • No tax hike expected in Rockwood

    Rockwood City Council will have a budget workshop at 6 p.m. May 17 at City Hall.  

    The tentative 2016-17 city budget will be presented by Rockwood Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller. It is in Rockwood City Charter that the mayor will present the budget, said Rockwood City Administrator and Recorder Becky Ruppe.

    “Basically, I will meet with Council, and give them time to look over the budget, and see if they want to make any contributions,” Miller said Friday.

  • OS Depot on ‘endangered’ region listing

    The Oliver Springs Library and Museum — formerly better known as the Oliver Springs Southern Railroad Depot — has been named to the 2016 East Tennessee Preservation Alliance’s “Endangered 8” of heritage sites for the region.

    The ETPA annually lists endangered sites, and this is the first year the Depot has been added to this list, according to a press release.

    The Depot has long been a source of pride for the town, and has been the subject of many restoration and rehabilitation projects since the 1980s.

  • RSCC professor assists on NASA Pluto project

    Ted Stryk has not been to Pluto, but he did serve on a team that contributed to NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft that flew by the planet and its moons last July.

    The Roane State Community College assistant professor of philosophy and English is working on the continuing geology and geophysics investigation of the dwarf planet and its satellites.

    He spoke on the most recent findings of the project recently at the Roane State Oak Ridge campus.

  • County hinges hopes on grant for two deputies

    Sheriff Jack Stockton might not get the six road deputies he’s asked for in his budget, but he could get two.

    The Roane County Commission passed a resolution last week that authorizes County Executive Ron Woody to apply for a federal grant that would cover 75 percent of the salaries and benefits of two full-time officers for three years.

    “Anything you can do to help would be greatly appreciated,” Stockton told the commission.

  • Woman accused of using checks to cheat ex

    A Kingston woman is accused of using the child support checks she received from her ex-husband to defraud him.  

    Heather Michelle Melton was indicted for identity theft and computer crimes on Feb. 16. She was arrested on May 7 at the Food City in Kingston.

    According to the Roane County Sheriff’s Office, Bryan Melton spoke with Capt. Tim Hawn on Dec. 21 about someone using his bank account without authorization.

  • State funds repair roads

    Roane County drivers will benefit from more than $800,000 in state grants for repairs and upgrades to more than 8 miles of roads this year.

    The $200,000 provided by the state for road repair in 2015-16 has been augmented by about $610,000 for a total of $810,000.

    The state started cutting back on road funding almost a decade ago.

    This year’s bump in revenue was a one time bonus that will help make up for some of the cutbacks, said Roane County Executive Ron Woody.

    “We’re tickled to have the extra money,” he said.

  • Lady Jackets earn berth in region tourney

    The Kingston Lady Yellow Jackets and Christian Academy of Knoxville CAK) Lady Warriors have been putting on a show in the District 4AA Tournament at Alcoa.

    Through play on Wednesday, the two teams had met twice with both teams coming away with one-run victories.
    Kingston’s victory came on Tuesday, as the Lady Jackets snapped a 10-game losing streak against the Lady Warriors with a come-from-behind 5-4 victory that secured Ruth Thompson’s squad a berth in next week’s Region 2A Tournament.

  • Lady Waves advance into region tourney

    The Midway Lady Waves softball team defeated the Grace Christian Lady Rams 5-2 Wednesday evening at Brickyard Springs in Rockwood to earn a berth in the championship game Thursday night, weather permitting, against the Meigs County Lady Tigers.

    The victory gives the Lady Waves their first berth in the Region 2A championship since 2013, when current seniors Raygn Hall, Jayde Rose, Kallie Sohm and Abby Bertram were freshmen. Abigail Higgins and Payton Kelley are the other two seniors on the team which have added to the Lady Waves' successful season.

  • Lady Waves shut out by Meigs County 9-0

    The Midway Lady Green Waves found themselves in a familiar position after a 9-0 loss to Meigs County Tuesday in the District 3A Tournament winners bracket final in Rockwood.

    Midway has played in the losers bracket final every year that the six Midway seniors have played. In 2013, they beat

    Harriman and went on to the championship series, but lost to Grace Christian.
    In 2014, they were eliminated by Grace Christian at Harriman, and in 2015, they were eliminated by  Meigs County on a dramatic seventh inning home run.

  • Greenback eliminates Rockwood from District 3A baseball tourney

    The Greenback Cherokees scored an unearned run in the bottom of the seventh inning Tuesday night to defeat the Rockwood Tigers 3-2 in the losers bracket of the District 3A Tournament at Meigs County High School.

    A walk, two stolen bases and a throwing error gave the Cherokees the victory.