Today's News

  • Lifestar lessons
  • Rockwood Revitalization case delayed by absence

    The cloud hovering over Rockwood Revitalization Inc. will continue for at least a few more months.

    District Attorney General Russell Johnson said the TBI agent handling the probe into the organization wasn’t available for this week’s meeting of the Roane County grand jury, so the matter will be pushed over to the October grand jury meeting.

    An investigation by the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury found Rockwood Revitalization did not comply with the terms of a grant it received for a visitors center.

  • Oliver Springs anticipates hike in tax rate

    Oliver Springs officials approved a 30-cent property tax-rate increase at the Board of Aldermen meeting last week.

    Part of the hike is in anticipation of drops in property value.

    City Manager Becky Campbell said property values in the area are expected to decline because of property reappraisals, “so in order for us to come out equal, we need to do 15 cents.”

    The hike is what officials estimate the certified tax rate will increase to for the town to pull in the same revenue it did last year.

  • Youngsters test endurance

    Kingston’s Splash and Dash Kid’s Triathlon had more than 15 participants this year.

    “This is maybe the third or fourth year we’ve done this” said Rick Ross, Kingston’s parks and recreation director. “It keeps growing every year.”

    Ross commended participants because they were outside attempting the event Saturday rather than indoors playing video games.

    Ella Lemons won in the 8-10 girls category, while Nick Pelfrey led the boys in the 8-10 boys category.

  • Redistricting looms, drivers found

    Who needs a billboard when you have the side of a big yellow bus?

    Finding candidates to fill some open bus driver positions was proving difficult for Roane County Schools.

    That changed when school officials strung up a hard-to-miss sign on the side of a school bus.

    The bus was parked in a high-traffic area near school administration offices at Hwy. 70 and Bluff Road.

    “We weren’t getting many responses,” Director of Schools Gary Aytes said.

    “Then we parked that bus out there and had 20 applications. It worked.”

  • ‘It’s going to be awesome’

    Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam was in Rockwood Friday morning to announce a $437,122 transportation alternative grant for a project that includes a 10-foot-wide greenway from Dr. Tom Fuller Park on Watts Bar Lake to East Nelson Street and Hwy. 27.

    In addition to the multi-use greenway, a 600-square-foot trailhead/comfort station will be constructed at the park. It will include restrooms, bike racks and a small parking lot.

  • Historic Rockwood home burns

    Smoke rose over Rockwood Friday morning and centered in the Kingston Avenue historic district, where firefighters worked to control a blaze at a two-story structure at 120 N. Kingston Ave.

    Rockwood Fire Department had been dispatched to the scene where a utility pole had fallen and pulled down power lines.

    “We arrived for it and noticed we had smoke coming out of this structure, so we knew we had an obvious structure fire at that point,” Rockwood Fire Chief Matt Crabtree said.

  • Higher costs for higher education in Tennessee

    Roane County students at Roane State Community College and other institutions of higher learning in Tennessee can expect to pay more next year.

    The Tennessee Board of Regents approved tuition increases in the system on Friday that mean students at community colleges will pay 3.4 percent more for maintenance fees/tuition.

    The total price increase for an in-state student taking a full-time course load of 12 credit hours will be $120 per year.

  • Tyler Farmer’s Meigs case continued to July 16

    The case against William Tyler Farmer in Meigs County General Sessions Court got continued last week.

    Farmer, of 156 Greystone Way in Kingston, is charged with manufacturing, delivery, sale and possession of drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, unlawful possession of a weapon, DUI and possession of a handgun while under the influence.

    According to the warrant filed in the case, Decatur Police Officer Billy Long stopped Farmer on Hwy. 58 on June 12.

    Long reported finding pills, steroids, firearms and ammunition in Farmer’s vehicle.