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Today's News

  • Two indictments and lots of other trouble with law

    Benjamin Heath Clark, accused of mugging an 84-year-old woman, was indicted by the Roane County grand jury last month. He’s charged with aggravated robbery and aggravated assault-bodily injury.
    Kingston police said Clark, 23, mugged Eleanor Rogers in front of Angel Nails on North Kentucky Street in December. Her son said she suffered a broken elbow and concussion in the incident.
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  • Howard’s 50 not enough for Devils in semis

    Harriman’s Xavier Howard has been a scoring machine through the years and Tuesday night he was at his best, as the Blue Devil senior guard pumped in a career-high 50 points in the Region 2-A semifinals.

  • Lady ‘Cats fall in title game, 48-38

    Over the years, the Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats have built a program that is known for playing its best in big games.

    Wednesday night, however, the Grace Christian Academy Lady Rams stole a page out of the Lady ‘Cat playbook as they downed Oliver Springs 48-38 in the Region 2-A championship game at Harriman High School.

  • Audit: Pierce used Rockwood funds to buy small arsenal

    Investigators from the Tennessee Comptroller’s office have discovered that a former Rockwood public works director used a city credit card and a city store charge card to purchase at least $32,725 in property and services for his personal benefit over a period of about three years.
     
    These personal purchases included nearly $12,000 in guns, ammunition and firearm accessories, more than $7,000 in clothing, nearly $6,000 for camera equipment, more than $4,000 in online college tuition and nearly $4,000 for other miscellaneous personal items.
     

  • Cat defenders offer alternative

    Feral cat advocates and a concerned pet owner turned out to hear the second reading of an ordinance to put restrictions on the felines in Rockwood.
    “The humane thing and what the guidance and research says is the effective way to manage the colony is trap, neuter, return. In the process of neutering, you also vaccinate and ear tip the cat so that you know the cat has had medical attention and has been spayed or neutered,” said Diane Stevens.

  • Veteran gets help with helping hand

    Kelly Gibson, the marketing director at Victorian Square in Rockwood, said one thing sticks out to her about area veterans.
    “Around here, they take care of each other,” she said.
    That was evident on Feb. 18.
    Disabled American Veterans Chapter 86 presented Victorian Square resident Jack Adkisson with a check for $230.
    The money is for a deductible Adkisson needed to pay for a bionic arm.

  • School board offended by denial

    A routine budget amendment that wasn’t passed by the Roane County Commission drew the ire of Board of Education members.
    “I’m just truly shocked that we send a budget amendment over there that we’ve done for years and it comes back,” Mike “Brillo” Miller said. “I just don’t get it.”
    Commissioners discussed the $99,012 amendment at its Feb. 11 meeting.
    When it was time to decide, six commissioners voted yes, five others passed and four voted no.

  • School safety meetings set at five schools

    A series of meetings to discuss Roane County Schools safety has been scheduled, according to Director of Schools Gary Aytes.
    Each of the five meetings, which start March 5, will include school and Roane County Sheriff’s Office personnel and will run from 6-7 p.m.
    The schedule is:
    • March 5 at Midway Elementary School.
    • March 7 at Ridge View Elementary School in Rockwood.
    • March 14 at Cherokee Middle School in Kingston.
    • April 2 at Dyllis Springs Elementary School in Oliver Springs.

  • Mother, daughter arrested after fight

    A mother and daughter were arrested Sunday morning after a sheriff’s deputy couldn’t figure out which was the main attacker during an alleged fight.
    Ashley Gail Andrews, 22, and her mother, Teresa Gail Andrews, 44, both were charged with domestic assault.
    “The smell of alcohol was also present on both parties while speaking to them at the scene,” the report said.
    Mother and daughter had reportedly been together at Claudia’s Bar in Midtown before the altercation took place at an apartment they share.

  • Contract with TVA outlines next step in modular nuclear reactor project

    STAFF REPORTS
    The effort to build a small modular reactor at TVA’s Clinch River site in Roane County continues to move forward.
    Last week, TVA and Babcock & Wilcox announced a contract was signed between the two on Feb. 7.
    “The agreement is the first definitive milestone in the U.S. Department of Energy’s recently initiated SMR Licensing Technical Support Program, which aims for commercial demonstration of SMRs by 2022,” TVA said in a news release.