Today's News

  • Rogers charged in fatal crash

    A 30-year-old woman is facing charges in connection with a fatal car crash that happened last fall.

    Crystal D. Rogers is charged with vehicular homicide involving intoxication, vehicular assault, two counts of reckless endangerment with a weapon, driving under the influence and child abuse.

    She was indicted by the Roane County grand jury on June 19.

    The crash occurred South of the River on Dry Fork Valley Road on Oct. 9 around 3:30 p.m. The Tennessee Highway Patrol investigated the crash.

  • Cawood back as RHS principal

    Shannon Cawood has returned to his position as principal of Rockwood High School.

    “Mr. Cawood is principal and we’re looking forward to a great school year,” Roane County Director of Schools Leah Rice Watkins said.

    Cawood was suspended from the principal position following his Feb. 11 arrest for domestic assault. The charge was later dismissed.

    The alleged victim was Cawood’s wife, Midway Middle School Principal Amy Cawood. She wrote a letter to the court that said she did not wish to pursue the case against him.

  • Bennett named assistant recreation director

    A Professional Golfers’ Association instructor is coming home to share his expertise with the Emory Golf Course where he played as a youth.

    “Jacob Bennett has accepted the position in our parks and recreation department to assist Allen and act as the manager of the golf course,” said city manager Kevin Helms on Thursday.

    Bennett comes with quite some credentials, Helms said. That includes being a certified instructor through the Professional Golfers’ Association.

  • School leadership gets a makeover

    Midway Elementary School and Kingston Elementary School will have new principals next school year.

    Tim Thompson is leaving the principal position at Midway to take over at Kingston.

    “We're very excited about that transition,” Director of Schools Leah Rice Watkins said.

    Thompson took over as principal at Midway Elementary in 2012. He replaces Shelia Sitzlar as principal at Kingston.

  • TBR approves tuition increases

    From staff reports

    The Tennessee Board of Regents voted unanimously for a 2.6 percent tuition increase at community colleges and colleges of applied technology.

    The vote took place at the regular quarterly meeting of the board held Friday at Roane State Community College.

    Roane State president Chris Whaley said he was pleased the tuition hike was the smallest increase in 25 years.

    Community colleges are supported by both tuition and state funding, Whaley said.

  • Reichle honored for service to county board
  • Hinds wins big in math competition
  • American Icon

    They say follow your passion.

    One Kingston man is doing just that, morphing his love of searching for the perfect collectible into a vintage clothing resale business that recently caught the attention of a leading international fashion magazine.

    Jonathon Galyon started sifting through thrift store and yard sale finds as a child, dreaming of finding an elusive and valuable baseball card or comic book and hearing stories of someone finding that once-in-a-lifetime rare item.

  • RPD confiscates $1,000 in meth

    Methamphetamine valued at $1,000 was seized during a traffic stop in Rockwood on June 16.

    The driver of the vehicle, John Allen Ashbaugh, is charged with manufacture, delivery, sale or possession of methamphetamine and simple possession or casual exchange.

    According to the report, Rockwood Police Department Deputy Chief John Mayes observed a vehicle driving erratically on North Gateway Avenue.

  • State tournament next stop for Harriman AA

    The Harriman AA All Stars travelled to Sweetwater on Monday night with a lot on the line as they took on Campbell County.

    The Blue Devils came in as a 2 seed in the district tournament as Campbell County came in as the one after they beat the Blue Devils in the sub district tournament championship.