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Today's News

  • Tigers, Lady Tigers drop contests

    By Jace Greene

    The Rockwood Tigers and Lady Tigers both came up short at Sweetwater on Tuesday.

    The Lady Tigers dropped their contest 38-28. The Tigers lost 75-71.

    Girls Game

    The Lady Tigers trailed by four heading into the fourth quarter, but couldn't pull it out in the final period.

    Lexie Hill finished with a team-high 10 points for Rockwood. Camryn Evans added seven for the Lady Tigers.

    Rockwood (28) L. Hill 10, Cam Evans 7, Thompson 1, Car. Evans 4, Metcalfe 2, Z. Hill 4.

    Boys Game

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: ‘When cops are scared, they kill.’ Constance Rice

    Our headline is a quotation from Constance Rice, an educator-expert from Los Angeles who has studied and worked with various police departments over a protracted period of time.

    She was interviewed on Public Radio last week and gave some of the most perceptive comments we have as yet heard about the current national debate which has arisen over the killings in Ferguson, Missouri, and Staten Island, New York, of unarmed black men by policemen whom local grand juries have refused to indict.

  • TDEC fines trucking company for unapproved air contaminant source

    The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation fined Rogers Group Inc. $750 last month for operating a generator without a valid permit.

    According to TDEC, the generator was installed at the Rogers Group’s Roane County facility on Quarry Road in 1999.

    “The respondent (Rogers Group) took ownership of operations of this facility in July 2008, which included a nonpermitted air contaminant source (non-emergency generator),” the order said.

  • Zoning change attempt gets pushback

    Residents have to wait until January to hear the Roane County Commission’s decision on a controversial rezoning in East Roane County.

    Although it was on this month’s agenda, commissioners postponed the vote at their Dec. 8 meeting.

    William and Joanna McCarroll have asked that their property at 4709 Kingston Hwy. (Hwy. 70) be rezoned from developing agricultural to rural business.

    The Dollar General chain is planning to build a store there if the property is rezoned.

  • Roane gets recycling grant

    The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s Division of Solid and Waste Management has announced approximately $531,820 will go toward the purchase of recycling equipment to help reduce landfill waste in Tennessee.

    That includes $25,000 for Roane to go toward a $100,000 sorter line.

    Recycling equipment grants may be used to purchase key equipment for new recycling programs, improve and expand the operation of existing systems, or prepare recyclable materials for transport and marketing.

  • Two killed in wreck

    Two people were killed and another injured in a three-vehicle accident on Hwy. 27 at Eagle Furnace Road on Tuesday evening.

    Tennessee Highway Patrol reported that a 1993 Buick Riviera was traveling northbound on U.S. Hwy. 27 when it crossed into the path of a second vehicle, a 2009 Hyundai Evo traveling southbound on Hwy. 27, causing the Evo to strike a third vehicle, a Toyota Previa.

    The driver of the Buick, Brenda Gardner, 64, Rockwood, as well as passenger Kaleb Poe, a 20-year-old from Spring City who was riding in the Evo, were both killed.

  • Railroad improvements at 4 crossings

    Four railroad crossing projects are moving along in Roane County, including one at an intersection where two young adults lost their lives and two others were injured this year.

    Harriman native and Roane State Raiderette basketball player Jadah Gallaher and Roane State Raider basketball player Rod Drummond were killed when their vehicle was struck by a train. Jadah’s brother Darius Gallaher and a friend Hunter Crass were injured in the accident.

  • Stout’s new job now officially his

    Roane County Commissioners approved Scott Stout’s appointment as director of the Roane County Office of Emergency Services at Monday’s commission meeting. He had been the acting director of the agency.

    “I think Scott is very worthy,” Commissioner Carolyn Granger said. “He has paid his dues.”

  • County executive takes a dive

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody didn’t have any scuba diving experience, but that didn’t stop him.

    Last week, he went under the sea in Florida to visit Roane State Community College professors Bruce Cantrell and Jessica Fain. The two have been living at Jules’ Undersea Lodge at the Marine Resources Development Foundation in Key Largo, breaking a record for underwater living.

    “It was a wonderful experience,” Woody said.

  • State certifies county jail despite issues

    The Tennessee Corrections Institute’s Board of Control certified the Roane County Jail at its Dec. 3 meeting in Nashville.

    “We’re thankful for that,” Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said.

    TCI Detention Facility Specialist Denise Messer found overcrowding in the women’s housing pod during two jail inspections this year.

    However, following her last inspection on Sept. 12, Messer recommended that the jail be certified with another plan of action.