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Today's News

  • Backpack program to feed hungry schoolchildren needs more support

    Children shouldn’t have to worry about where their next meal is going to come from.

    Some of Roane County’s youth won’t have to during school-year weekends, thanks to a program that sends backpacks home filled with healthy meals and snacks.

    The Food for Kids program of Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee, needs help to continue offering the quality treats for the students and to potentially expand to more students.

  • Military Matters: Richard A. Pague

    U.S. Army Pvt. Richard A. Pague recently graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

    He is the son of James Pague of Rockwood.

    During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values and physical fitness.

  • Commodity foods to be distributed

    Mid-East Community Action Agency will have its quarterly distribution of USDA commodity foods this month.

    The schedule is:

    • Rockwood First Baptist Church, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 7.

    • Kingston Community Center, from 10 a.m. to noon June 12.

    • Blair Fire Hall, Oliver Springs, from 2 to 3 p.m. June 12.

    • Harriman Community Center, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 13.

    Commodity food recipients should be certified.

  • Kingston library to receive literacy computer station

    Kingston Public Library has been selected to receive an AWE Early Literacy Children’s Computer Station.

    The library was selected to receive the self contained, educational computer station with programs for ages 2-10 by the Tennessee Children’s Cabinet through the Early Childhood Advisory Council and in partnership with the Tennessee State Library and Archives and the Tennessee Department of Human Services.

     The $3,200 grant for the station includes training two library staff members this summer.

  • O’Neal murder trial postponed once again

    The July 9 murder trial for Ralph O’Neal has been postponed.

    O’Neal is accused of killing Ronnie Dean Cofer in August 2007.

    Cofer’s body was discovered in a ditch on Clax Gap Road. Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said Cofer had been shot.

    Assistant District Attorney General Bill Reedy said O’Neal’s lawyer, Bob Vogel, has been accepted to the Trial Lawyers College in Wyoming for a three-week period around that time.

  • Testing the waters

    The Rockwood Fire Department is in the process of checking all 400 hydrants in the city. Fire fighter and first responder, Jason "Lunch Box" Kilby, and Capt. David Kirby worked on North and South Chamberlain Avenue Monday.

    Hydrants that aren't used often the water at first is a muddy color to it due to the lack of water circulation.
    It takes around 4 to 5 weeks to check every hydrant to make sure nothing has changed and that the water pressure is in good working order Kirby said.

  • O’Brien signs football scholarship
  • Pankey excited to be home

    You can come home again.
    At least that’s the case for Brian Pankey, as last Thursday the longtime Cherokee head coach and Kingston assistant was named the head coach at Roane County High School after one season as head coach at Austin-East High School.

  • Three juvenile girls — ages 11-14 — accused in break-in, vandalism at Ridge View school

    Rockwood Police Chief Bill Stinnett said his department took out petitions in juvenile court for vandalism and burglary against the three female suspects who allegedly broke into and ransacked Ridge View Elementary School on May 24.

    “Their ages were 11, 12 and 14,” Stinnett said.

    Juvenile court is not one of public record, so what happens to the suspects if they’re found guilty of the charges might not be aboveboard.

  • Jobless numbers improve in April

    Roane County’s employment front improved slightly in April, with the jobless rate at 7.8 percent, according to statistics released late last month by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    That’s 0.3 percent lower than in March. The county’s jobless rate was at 7.3 percent a year ago, state records indicate.

    The most recent numbers indicate that 25,220 workers in Roane County’s 27,370 labor force were employed during the month.