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Today's News

  • ‘We don’t want our town destroyed’

    The Roane County Board of Education listened to an array of opinions about the proposed school building program that could involve the consolidation of several high schools.

    Under the plan that was approved by the board last month all five of the high schools in the county would be combined into a single “mega school” with more than 2,000 students. County Commission has yet to vote on the funding for the plan.

  • Going for the Gold
  • Rockwood fire station site OK’d

    A former Rockwood Electric Utility substation location will get new life with the city of Rockwood.

    The substation, near Rockwood United Methodist Church on North Kingston Avenue, will be purchased by the city of Rockwood for a new fire station 2.

    The city’s current station 2, also on Kingston Avenue, has been empty after flooding a few years ago.

    “REU wanted to give this to us,” said Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller. “TVA said no — it has to be fair market value.”

  • Man accused of slugging woman at store

    A Rockwood man was arrested Thursday after a domestic assault outside the Gateway IGA.

    Roane County Jail records list Michael Gregory Hamby, 32, 601 North Kingston Ave., as charged with domestic assault, evading arrest, evading arrest in motor vehicle creating risk to bystanders, driving on revoked or suspended licence, two counts of attachment for contempt/nonsupport and failure to appear.

  • Helping hungry just got easier

    Hands of Mercy has served hundreds of Roane County’s hungry from its Kingston location.

    A second location will ease the burden placed on the small Kingston facility and the customers who travel there.

    Hands of Mercy’s Harriman site, at 421 Devonia St., is now open to serving those in need of food.

    “We decided it would be a good thing to do to separate them and put everyone from Harriman and Oliver Springs, with that address, in this office,” said Director Sharon Pinner.

  • Committee to tackle weed issue

    Roane County Commission Chairman Ron Berry has formed a committee to work on the issue of invasive non-native weeds.

    At last week’s regular Commission meeting Berry appointed Commissioners Steve Kelley, Stanley Moore, Junior Hendrickson and David Bell to the committee. Berry is also a member of the committee.

    “They pretty much represent the whole county,” Berry said.

  • ‘Rockwood has been able to do amazing things’

    Rockwood officials tackled property cleanup head on in recent years, and the results have paid off with what should be 83 properties cleaned up when it is all said and done.

    City Administrator Becky Ruppe presented the results to the community during last week’s Rockwood City Council meeting.

    “Rockwood has been able to do amazing things with blighted property over the last two or three years. A lot of homes we have been able to clean up,” Ruppe said.

  • Tomato plant grafting among workshop topics

    The Master Gardeners of Roane County, in collaboration with the Roane County Extension Office and the University of Tennessee, is finalizing plans for a Home Gardening Skills Workshop.

    The workshop will begin at 9 a.m. April 8.

    “Through events like this one, we strive to provide community based horticultural education on a variety of subjects,” said Barbara Peratrovich of the Master Gardeners.

  • Knife wielder taken to jail

    Roane County sheriff’s deputies encountered a man with a knife when they responded to a domestic call at 2755 Sugar Grove Valley Road, Harriman, around noon on March 21.

    Lawrence Stringfield was charged with criminal trespass and eight counts of aggravated assault for putting the lives of relatives and deputies in fear of bodily harm.

  • Woman charged with filing false report about fatal fire

    A Rockwood woman is charged with filing a false report after Roane County Sheriff’s Office investigators determined she was not forthcoming about being dropped off at 1147 Mountain View Road on March 15, the night before emergency responders came to fight a fire at the home where the body of Jonathan Pesterfield was found.

    Lydia Vasquez 27, 5338 Roane State Hwy., was booked into the Roane County Jail on March 22.

    Sheriff Jack Stockton said Vasquez and others will be interviewed again as part of the investigation.