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Today's News

  • City asks for suit’s dismissal

    An attorney representing the city of Rockwood and Rockwood Police Sgt. Randy Keahey is asking for the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by a former Roane State Community College basketball player who is accusing a Rockwood patrolman of violating his due process rights and using excessive force.

    Former Rockwood patrolman Chris Kennedy used a pepper-spray like substance on Xavier Howard during a July 2015 incident at the Meadows Place Apartments in Rockwood.

  • Thompson has a senior-laden golf team at RHS

    The Rockwood High School golf team has played in five matches to open the 2016 season under Coach Guy Thompson. The boys are 5-0, while the girls are 3-1.

    "I've been doing golf for about 9 years. This year's team is a senior laden team. There are four senior boys: Trevor Delk, Zach Melton, Rickey McElhaney and James Albertson. We also have good young talent with Colton Nuckols, Eli Everhart, Cole Lawson, Landon Brock and Henry Tilley,” said Thompson.

  • Kingston, Midway golf teams have opened the season

    The high school golf season is under way, as all county teams have played matches.

    Kingston has a new coach in Lofton Gerberding and has played four matches - at Harriman, Knox Catholic at Gettysvue Polo, Golf and Country Club, Midway and Stone Memorial.

    His roster has three girls - Olivia Akers, Christa Jane McFarland and Bailee Powell and 12 boys - Preston Allen, Luke Borum, Logan Carter, Garrett Clifton, Jesse Griffey, Collin Haba, Dawson Lane, Ben Mullis, Nick Smith, Jackson Taylor, Joe Tipton and Sam Wicks

  • Oliver Springs girls soccer team receiving some buzz this season

    The fall sports season is here, which means girl’s soccer will be starting around the county. 

    The Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats are receiving some buzz surrounding their program this season. The Lady 'Cats lost seven players off last year's team with six of them being starters.
    Said Head Coach Josh Pryor, "I am excited about this upcoming season and their athleticism."

    Pryor is entering his sixth season as the head coach for the girls and has also been coaching the boys soccer team as well. 

  • OFFICER FIRES ROUND IN SCHOOL

    Rockwood Police Officer Jared Hall mistakenly fired a live round inside Rockwood Middle School during an exercise on Thursday.

    No students were at school, which was open for staff development before the first full day of classes Friday.

    Rockwood Police Chief Danny Wright said the purpose of the exercise was to let teachers know what a real gunshot sounds like.

  • Hickman says no to Harriman Council post

    Harriman voters may go to the polls in November to decide who will fill two upcoming City Council vacancies, but officials need to move quickly to ensure residents get to pick their favorite.

    Harriman City Attorney Allison Rehn has been in talks with Roane County Election Commission officials because the outcome of the Aug. 4 city election left Harriman with two City Council vacancies.

    “The [Harriman City] Charter says the people can only serve until the next general election,” Rehn said.

  • BEATING BACK-TO-SCHOOL BLUES
  • Summit to address lack of housing for Roane area workers

    When it comes to bringing more jobs to the county, the future looks promising, according to officials.

    With that comes some concerns, however.

    “If you have a big industry that locates at the old K-25 site or any particular site, where will these employees live?” Roane County Executive Ron Woody asked.

    “There’s a good chance they wouldn’t live in Roane County.”

    Woody and The Roane Alliance President/CEO Wade Creswell said they believe a lack of housing is the issue.

  • Car crashes into area apartment

    The Kingston fire and police departments responded to Lakewood Village Apartments on Tuesday after a resident drove her car onto a concrete porch of one of the units.

    The crash happened around 11:30 a.m.

    Fire Chief Willie Gordon said the driver was having a medical episode and hit the gas pedal instead of the brake.

    “Luckily there was nobody sitting on the front porch,” Gordon said. “It took all the chairs and stuff off the front porch and then struck the door of (apartment) 319.”

  • Add pedestrian safety to back-to-school list

    As summer comes to an end and the classroom roll call begins, 50 million children across the United States are heading back to school.

    With 13 percent of those school children typically walking or biking to school, AAA warns drivers to be especially vigilant for pedestrians before and after school hours.

    The afternoon hours are particularly dangerous for walking children – over the last decade, nearly one-third of child pedestrian fatalities occurred between 3-7 p.m.