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Today's News

  • HEARTS, FLOWERS & SWEETS FOR VALENTINE’S
  • Woman accused of shoplifting, hurting cashier

    A cashier at the Rockwood IGA was allegedly assaulted by a shoplifter on Tuesday.

    “Once on scene I saw a woman sitting on the floor with blood on her hands that I identified as being Angelyn Selby,” Rockwood Police Officer Jared Hall wrote in his report. “Several IGA employees were standing around her watching her.”

    Hall said he also noticed IGA employee Glenda Bostin, who appeared to be bleeding from a minor cut on her head.

  • TVA eyes landfill expansion

    TVA is looking to expand the footprint of a dry storage landfill at the Kingston Fossil Plant and wants the public to comment on the plan.

    “Public comments are always important,” TVA spokesman Scott Brooks said Monday. “In this case, they can alert us to issues we need to consider that we may not be aware of or raise general questions we should answer in the assessment.”

    According to a press release, TVA is already operating a permitted dry landfill at the fossil plant for coal ash and gypsum.

  • Amorous teen pops in, cops called out

    A teen’s apparent attempt at romance went awry last week.

    Darrell Blain Money also startled an elderly homeowner in the process.

    According to a Rockwood police report, Sgt. Jason Halliburton was dispatched to 607 Crestview Drive, where he spoke to 83-year-old Wanda Robinson, the homeowner.

    “Wanda Robinson said she came to her house and smelled popcorn, which was odd because no one should have been there,” the report said. “She saw a white male with curly hair, a tank top shirt, shorts and no shoes in her den.”

  • Man accused of hocking hot computer

    A trip to U.S. Money Shops didn’t end well for Garrett Gielissen. He was arrested there on a theft warrant.

    The theft reportedly happened at Walmart.

    On Feb. 7, Rockwood Police Department Detective Dwayne Gray responded to the Walmart to speak with loss prevention officer Joey Foster.

  • FBI LOOKS INTO threats MADE against Dems

    The Federal Bureau of Investigation is reportedly looking into threats that were made against a meeting of the Roane County Democratic Party last week.

    According to Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam, the trouble started on social media.

    A posting on the Facebook group “Happening Now in Roane County” about a regular meeting of the Democratic Party that was to be held at Greenwood School Thursday quickly turned ugly.

  • Town’s water testing fined

    The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation fined the town of Oliver Springs last month for committing multiple drinking water violations.

    Despite the penalty, town officials insist the water is safe to drink.

    “I’m drinking it right now,” Town Manager Chris Mason said Friday. “It’s better than bottled water. Nothing is wrong with the quality.”

    According to the state, Oliver Springs gets its water from Bacon Spring. The town serves 2,114 connections and a population of around 5,100 people.

  • Woman rear-ended by deputy suing county

    The woman whose vehicle was rear-ended by a Roane County sheriff’s deputy last year is suing the county.

    In the lawsuit filed by her attorney, John McFarland, Wanda Faye Robinson is seeking the maximum amount of compensatory damages allowed under state law.

    The accident happened on Jan. 19, 2017, on Gateway Avenue in Rockwood. The Tennessee Highway Patrol investigated.

  • Buoyed prospects: Roane Alliance marks a stellar year

    Following a strong performance in 2017, Roane County is poised for future success, according to a report from The Roane Alliance.

    The Alliance’s 2017 Annual Report released last week highlights achievements that include infrastructure improvements, new marketing materials and a new marketing plan.

    “The county benefitted greatly from our work with the Alliance last year,” County Executive Ron Woody said.

  • Harriman Care and Rockwood Signature Great Places to Work

    Independent analysts at Great Place to Work have crunched the numbers and certified Harriman Care and Rehabilitation Center and Signature HealthCare of Rockwood are as Great Places to Work.

    The two facilities in Roane County earned this distinction based on extensive ratings given by its stakeholders in anonymous surveys.

    “It’s a testament to the hard work exhibited by our great team,” said Benjamin Landy, CEO of Harriman Care and Rehabilitation Center.

    Landy said he is extremely humbled to receive this certification.