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Today's News

  • Light-headed

    Someone was feeling a little light-headed outside the Rockwood Police Department as a dismembered Betty Boop head lay next to a trash can.

  • Giving a little more

    Malcolm Springs of Rockwood gave blood for the second time ever when the Medic Regional Blood Center made its way into Harriman on Dec. 30. Phlebotomist Ashely Shultz helped work with the donors who lined up in the cold outside the Medic bus at  the KFC. Medic Regional Blood Center has been struggling to meet the needs of area hospitals. It was offering with special holiday incentives — in this case, free movie tickets — hoping to entice more people to roll up their sleeves. 

  • Man falls through floor, freezes

    A Korean War veteran, former Rockwood American Legion Post 50 commander and longtime veterans service officer was found dead in his home at 620 Elm Ave. Tuesday, apparently from the freezing temperatures.

    Ray Arley Knight Jr., 85, was found around 4 p.m. by Rockwood Police Sgt. Kelly Pittman, who went to the home on a welfare check request.

    It appeared Knight fell through the floor of the sagging woodframe house and was stuck at his armpits.

  • Schools use three snow days, eight left to go

    Roane County students returned to school on Thursday after three unexpected days off. Officials canceled classes on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday because of the cold spell that gripped the area.

    “Hopefully, we won’t see this frigid weather again for a while,” Director of Schools Gary Aytes said.

    If the frigid temperatures do return, the school system has eight more inclement weather days to use this school year.

    “Those should get us through,” Aytes said.

  • State brags on Roane County audit

    From STAFF REPORTS

    Roane County government’s annual audit turned up a perfect score of zero. That is, the state Comptroller’s auditors found no examples of problems with the county’s management or bookkeeping practices for the fiscal year that ended last June 30.

    Auditors found no problems with the county’s financial statements.

  • Civil War talk set at Kingston library

    From STAFF REPORTS

    Author and Civil War historian Gerald L. Augustus will speak at Kingston Public Library on Thursday, Jan. 23, from 6-8 p.m.

    The topic will be “The Civil War in Tennessee,” concentrating on events in East Tennessee.

    Augustus is a retired teacher and principal from Lenoir City Schoools.

    Originally from Kentucky, he received his master’s degree from the University of Tennessee. He is an avid collector of all things Civil War.

  • Wartburg church among new National Register listings

    Wartburg Presbyterian Church is among the eight Tennessee sites added this week to the National Register of Historic Places.

    The National Register of Historic Places is the nation’s official list of cultural resources worthy of preservation.

    “The National Register honors places that help Tennesseans understand our heritage and make our communities unique and enjoyable,” said Patrick McIntyre, executive director of the Tennessee Historical Commission, which administers the program in Tennessee.

  • Schools lovin’ it on McTeachers Nights

    Dyllis Springs Elementary School and Ridge View Elementary School recently were awarded funds by area McDonald's Restaurants from proceeds of their McTeachers Night.

    Each school received 20 percent of money generated from sales from 5 to 8 p.m. during its McTeachers Night.

    Dyllis Springs had its McTeachers Night at Kingston McDonald's. Ridge View's was at Rockwood McDonald's

  • ‘There Ought to Be a Law ...’ Video contest open to area students

    Tennessee Bar Association’s fourth annual YouTube Video Contest is underway encourage middle- and high-school students to explore how laws are made, amended and repealed.

    The contest, “There Ought to be a Law,” challenges students to create a three-minute video that discusses an issue they would like to see addressed through the legislative process.

  • Austin Peay State University graduates: Fall 2013

    Alicia R. Hundley of Rockwood received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree during Austin Peay State University’s winter commencement ceremony.

    Austin Peay is in Clarksville.