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Today's News

  • TBI investigating shooting death at Rockwood Walmart

    The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is looking into a fatal shooting at the Rockwood Walmart parking lot Tuesday afternoon.

    Dispatch reports indicate a caller had said a man was suicidal and had been threatening suicide or suicide by cop.

    Rockwood Police Chief Bill Stinnett said Rockwood Police approached the suicidal man in his vehicle when officers saw him raise a gun.

    “The officer fired one shot … did not hit the subject,” said Stinnett.

    The victim then turned the gun on himself, Stinnett said.

  • Pipe bomb found near Rockwood

    The Knox County Bomb Squad responded to Roane County on Monday after deputies with the Roane County Sheriff’s Office discovered an explosive device at 1664 Eureka Road.

    “Upon my guys getting there, they identified what was believed to be a homemade explosive,” Roane County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said.

    “At that time they called the Knox County Bomb Squad, which advised them to set up a perimeter and shut down the road in front of the house until they could get there and do what they do.”

  • Chemical traces found in Roane Central water

    From staff reports

    Roane Central was found to slightly exceed a federal drinking water standard for total trihalomethanes during a testing period last year.

    Total trihalomethanes are a byproduct of disinfection from chlorine or other disinfectants used in water to minimize the risk of microbial life in drinking water.

    The total trihalomethanes was calculated to be .082 milligrams per liter. This value exceeds the maximum contaminant level of .080 milligrams per liter set for this parameter.

  • County refinancing ‘balloon’ jail debt

    Roane County is planning to refinance some debt, and it’s turning to some familiar faces to get it done.

    “We are going with Cumberland Securities,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

    Cumberland Securities President and CEO Joe Ayres and Senior Vice President Scott Gibson worked with the county extensively under previous administrations. When Woody took office in 2010, however, he let it be known that he wasn’t a fan of some of the financial work they had done for Roane County.

  • Kingston Rotary raises awareness and money during annual breakfast

    Kingston Rotary Club filled a lot of empty bellies Saturday morning as they hosted their 37th pancake breakfast at Kingston Church of Christ.

    “We do this every year to raise funds for all our projects. It’s the only fundraiser we do,” Kingston Rotary Club President Joan Pharis said. “It’s a fun morning. People come out, we feed them, and they get to see what we do.”

    Since Saturday’s event is the club’s only fundraiser, Pharis says all the club’s 19 members work hard to make it successful.

  • FROM the ALLIANCE: Haslam plan earns thumbs up

    By Wade Creswell

    Gov. Bill Haslam officially rolled out the IMPROVE Act a couple of weeks ago, a proposal focused on improving critical infrastructure throughout the state. He spoke more about it in his State of the State address.

  • GLIMPSES from a Teacher Historian By MARK BANKER: Wanted: A few Ervin Democrats

    Thanks to several responses to my recent column directed to “Howard Baker Republicans,” I am now on the lookout for a few “Sam Ervin Democrats.”

    If my quest rings hollow to you, you are either younger than 40 or were unusually disengaged in the summer of 1973.

    Yes, that was long before cable TV’s 24-hour news cycle, the internet and “smart phones” appeared. But in that summer of Watergate, Sens. Ervin, D-North Carolina, and Baker, R-Tennessee, became familiar figures.

  • Lady Jackets go for 4AA crown

    The Kingston Lady Yellow Jackets earned a berth in their first District 4AA Championship since 2003 Friday night with a hard-fought, physical 61-49 victory over Christian Academy of Knoxville in the district tournament semifinals played at Alcoa.
    Kingston played the host Lady Tornadoes Tuesday night. A victory over Alcoa would give the Lady Jackets their first district title since 2001. A win would also give the Lady Jackets a No. 1 seed in the upcoming Region 2AA Tournament.

  • Harriman seeks 3A championship

    "We played well defensively. Our offense struggled at times. We kept our composure and knocked down some free throws at the end," said Harriman Coach Shay Shannon, after his Blue Devils defeated Meigs County 76-72 in the District 3A semi-finals Monday night at Tellico Plains.
    Harriman faces Grace Christian Academy (GCA)  for the championship Wednesday at 8 p.m. seeking to avenge two regular season losses to the Rams. GCA defeated Tellico Plains 89-61 in the other semi-final. Meigs County and Tellico Plains square off in the consolation game at 6:30 p.m.

  • Roane State sweeps Chattanooga State

    The Roane State basketball teams swept a pair of games with Chattanooga State Saturday, as the Raiderettes notched a 74-64 victory in overtime and the Raiders defeated CSTCC  83-79.
    Roane State 74, Chattanooga State 64:  Lacy Cantrell recorded a double-double (20 points and 11 rebounds) with two assists and one steal to lead the Raiderettes, while Amberlee Zeller added 12 points and two rebounds, and RaChelle Parks also had a double-double (10 points, 11 rebounds) with one assist and two steals.