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Today's News

  • Sex offender pleads guilty in ’09 death

    Lonnie Lee White was sentenced to 10 years in prison for the death of  Misty Dawn Wilmeth.

    White, a convicted sex offender, was indicted for second-degree murder in June 2009.

    He reached a deal with prosecutors and pled guilty to voluntary manslaughter on Friday in Roane County Criminal Court.

  • Rockwood lights up the holidays
  • TWRA trout stocking program set

    The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will once again conduct its winter trout release program with more than 82,000 rainbow trout on schedule to be stocked into Tennessee waters from December through March.

    The program provides numerous close to home trout fishing opportunities for Middle and West Tennessee anglers during the winter months.  These fisheries also provide a great opportunity to introduce children or first-time anglers to fishing.

  • Cherokee, Midway middles split two

    The Cherokee Yellow Jackets and Midway Green Waves split a pair of games last Monday night at Roane County High School. The Lady Jackets won the opening game 40-25. Midway won the final game of the night 41-24.

    Girls Game

    Monday's game was a great game for a half, but the second half was dominated by Cherokee as Ashley Brackett's squad rolled to a 15-point victory.

    The first quarter was low scoring for both teams as Cherokee led 6-5 after six minutes of play.

  • Rockwood teams defeat BCS

    Girls Game

    For the Rockwood Lady Tigers, their showdown with the Berean Christian School Lady Eagles was a lop-sided affair, with the Lady Tigers taking a 76-38 win last Tuesday evening. Rockwood started the game on a 9-0 run before Berean Christian closed to within 11-9. But the Lady Tigers closed out the opening period strong, taking a 17-9 lead.

  • RHS football awards night set

    Former Rockwood Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller will be the guest speaker for the annual Rockwood High School football awards night on Thursday, Dec. 16.


    The banquet and awards ceremony honoring the 2010 district championship team will begin at 6:30 p.m. in Rockwood First Baptist Church’s family life center.

  • Walnut Hill's festive finale

    Younger children giggled as Walnut Hill Elementary School’s fourth- and fifth-graders danced, sang and performed in their Christmas-themed garb.

    They witnessed and performed in “Santa’s Holiday Playlist,” the last Christmas program at the Harriman school.

    “It is our last play because our school is shutting down,” explained fifth-grader Sara Hamby, 10.

    The Roane County Board of Education plans to close Walnut Hill once renovations to nearby Bowers Elementary School are completed.

  • County courting industry

    Officials are considering a package of incentives to try and land a new industry.

    The Roane County Industrial Development Board and The Roane Alliance are recruiting a distribution industry for Roane Regional Business and Technology Park.

    To try and help that effort, a resolution asks the Roane County Commission to waive the building permit fees.

    “Our industrial folks say that could be significant,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said. “It could be the icing on the cake that helps them go here.”

  • Scammers try spiel on Roane detective

    Scammers have gotten so bold that they even tried to pull one over on a law enforcement officer.

    Bryan Walker, an investigator with the Roane County Sheriff’s Office, received a call last week from someone purporting to be from his credit card company.

    “I knew it was a scam, because I don’t even have the particular credit card they were asking me about,” Walker said.

  • Give Kingston employees bonus from scrap sale

    Things are tight all over.
    With that in mind, we can understand the debate over a recent proposal to sell scrap metal the city of Kingston has accumulated in order to give employees an extra pay boost.
    The idea, proposed by Councilman Kevin McClure, would raise enough to add an extra $98 or so to the approximately $400 bonus each employee will receive. Other than the bonus, the employees are not getting a raise.
    Normally, we might agree with Councilman Brant Williams that the scrap-metal money could be put to better use.