Today's News

  • Spring into action with free pick up

    The city of Rockwood is offering free trash and brush pick-up service to its residents through April 17.

    The city will pick up trash (1/2-ton truck) or brush (2-ton truck).

    A charge will be imposed if the brush or trash exceeds the listed amounts.

    No tires, paint cans or shingles will be accepted.

    Call 354-0184 to get on the list to have items picked up.

  • Free radon test kits available from state

    The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, in observance of Earth Day, is offering free radon test kits for a limited time.

    The program is part of TDEC’s ongoing efforts to inform Tennesseans about the dangers of radon exposure.

    “It is important for Tennesseans to test their homes because radon acts unpredictably,” TDEC Commissioner Bob Martineau said.

    “We are pleased to provide a simple do-it-yourself test kit that can determine the presence of radon in the home and can help prevent exposure.”

  • Caregivers class starts today

    Mid-East Community Action Agency will begin a free six-week Powerful Tools for Caregivers course on April 8.

    The class will be in the Mid-East offices at 2415 N. Gateway Ave., Suite B, Rockwood.

    Classes will meet from 1 to 3:30 p.m. each Wednesday through May 13.

    Class size is strictly limited; pre-registration is required by contacting Amber Jacks at 354-0450, Ext. 228, or ajacks@mecaa.net.

  • Pinwheels a reminder of child abuse victims
  • TVA meeting set

    A meeting on the TVA ash spill is scheduled for Thursday at 6 p.m. in the Roane County High School auditorium.

    Representatives from TVA, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are expected.

    The meeting is supposed to include a presentation and question-and-answer session about the Natural Resource Damage Assessment-Restoration and Compensation Determination Plan.

  • Ruritan Club egg hunt

    This is the time of year that Roane’s dirty little secret is out in the open, there for all to see.

    In contrast to the beauty of redbuds in bloom, it is clear, by taking any Sunday-type drive through our county, that we are a trashy lot.

    Our litter hurts. It hurts our eyes and our spirit in no insignificant way. Just as the beauty of the East Tennessee landscape uplifts us, the trash brings us down.

    It’s not just an eyesore, either. Animals get trapped in our garbage, or injured by the sharp edges of cans or broken bottles cast aside.

  • Jim Henry honored for work with children

    A nonprofit advocating for abused and neglected children are praising Tennessee Department of Children’s Services and Commissioner Jim Henry of Kingston.

    Childhelp, which advocates for abused and neglected children, announced that Henry and his staff will be honored with the Childhelp Voice of the Children Award on April 22 at the Childhelp National Day of Hope celebration in Washington, D.C.

  • KKK ties cited in alleged murder plot


    Authorities have accused a former Roane County man of being a member of the Ku Klux Klan and plotting with two Florida prison guards to murder an inmate.

    According to a news release from Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, Thomas Jordan Driver, David Elliot Moran and Charles Thomas Newcomb are members of the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.

    Newcomb, 42, used to live in Roane County.

    The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office in Florida listed his current address in jail records as Hawthorn, Fla.

  • Woman sought in credit fraud

    Rockwood Police Department has posted a video of a person of interest who may know something about rampant theft of credit card information.

    “Through the assistance of other out-of-county and other local agencies, this lady has been declared a subject of interest in the possible use of a compromised card.

    “Again, she is a person of interest only at this point,” according to the Rockwood Police Department Facebook posting.

    Rockwood Police Chief Danny Wright said the photo came out of Knoxville.